Search Results: "Mat Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

PYM by Mat Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"An acutely humorous, very original story that will delight lovers of literature and fantasy alike."
A struggling professor of African-American lit falls through the rabbit hole of Edgar Allan Poe's strangest tale. Read full book review >

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HUNTING IN HARLEM by Mat Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 2003

"Fun more in the telling than in the tale."
Three ex-cons get ensnared in a treacherous scheme to revitalize Harlem. Read full book review >

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LOVING DAY by Mat Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Johnson is asking hard questions about race in America but he's using an awfully tame approach to work out the answers, at least this go-round."
A middle-aged failure struggles with his identity and masculinity when he's forced to return home to Philly. Read full book review >

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DROP by Mat Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Johnson's writing is uneven, often piling on similes and metaphors enough to slow down the narrative. But he gets his story told and his characters are real in what, on balance, ends up as a strong debut."
Johnson's debut novel reworks a venerable theme: the young American who travels abroad to forge a new identity but ends by discovering that he is far more American than he'd realized. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Most of this lies on ground Jill Lepore covers in the superior New York Burning (2005), which offers broader historical context. Still, Johnson brings a storyteller's sensibility into play, and he makes excellent use of sources and testimonials."
In 1712 and again in 1741, black New Yorkers rose up, killed white owners and neighbors, and threatened the city with fire. Many paid with their lives—and then were all but forgotten. Read full book review >

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THIS IS HOW WE DO IT by Mat Lamothe
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A global introduction that goes beyond the usual symbols and sights. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Children from around the world describe "how we do it." Read full book review >

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WARDUFF AND THE CORNCOB CAPER by Mat Head
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Funny names and fanciful language are bolstered by droll drawings to create a generally pleasing if not especially memorable rustic escapade. (Picture book. 4-9)"
A group of anthropomorphized farm animals threatened by a fox turn to a clever cat to protect them. Read full book review >

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IN AND OUT by Mat Coward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Light and clever, though a bit of a plod, and not a patch on either Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table, the acknowledged masterpiece in this line, or Coward's own deft mystery short stories."
Even in North London, darts isn't normally a dangerous sport, but one of the players or hangers-on at the Hollow Head's postgame party has turned it lethal by whacking the team's scorekeeper, Yvonne ("Chalkie") Read full book review >

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OPEN AND CLOSED by Mat Coward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 2, 2005

"The facetious mystery never gathers much momentum, but Coward, a short-story master who doesn't have the architectural instincts of a novelist, gets maximum mileage out of his variously interesting suspects."
Coward puts a new spin on the body in the library by making it a public library. Read full book review >

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DON'T GET ME STARTED by Paul Le Mat
Released: June 26, 2010

"While the sad world of an over-the-hill, out-of-work actor comes across depressingly well and the mystery's solution is plausible, the work is fleshed out as a promising first draft rather than a finished product."
Superstar Corky Henderson is murdered and his former friend Frank Callington feels compelled to find the killer in Le Mat's debut mystery. Read full book review >

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UP AND DOWN by Mat Coward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"This one's like watching grass grow."
"Beans" is what they all called Arthur Jones because that's what he planted: runner beans, bread beans, French beans, nothing but beans. Read full book review >

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ARACELY by Paul Le Mat
Released: April 20, 2010

"Will satisfy readers with an appreciation for vigilante justice and a soft spot for sensitive heroes."
Le Mat (Hasten Down the Wind, 2010, etc.) returns with a collection of noir shorts. Read full book review >