Search Results: "Max Frei"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STRANGER'S WOES by Max Frei
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"As Juffin says, brightly, 'this affair smells strongly of Forbidden Magic.' Just so—and a pleasure for those who like their fantasy with a measure of slapstick."
Max Frei, the cigarette-puffing gumshoe in an alternate, magical universe, is back in his namesake creator's sophomore entry in the Labryinths of Echo series. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER'S SHADOW by Max Frei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2013

"Running out of steam, yes. But still good entertainment for those who've already entered Max's beguiling world and lived to tell the tale."
Frei, the alter-ego creation of Russian writer Svetlana Martynchik, returns with a saving-the-otherworld tale that doesn't yield any surprises but that suitably closes the Labyrinths of Echo series. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER by Max Frei
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Well-written, well-paced grown-up fantasy with a strong dose of reality."
If Harry Potter smoked cigarettes and took a certain matter-of-fact pleasure in administering tough justice, he might like Max Frei, the protagonist of this fantasy novel. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER'S MAGIC by Max Frei
Released: July 1, 2012

"Literate, silly fun, though the reader might wish for a little more energetic storytelling and a little less japery."
Cigarette-huffing magician bad boy Max Frei, the fictional character, returns in this latest by Max Frei (The Stranger, 2009, etc.), the author. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"An unsparing autopsy of the corpse of the First Italian Republic, with revelations that inspire both hope and despair."
A highly successful attempt to understand the bewildering, exasperating, and at times absurd political culture of contemporary Italy. Read full book review >

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CHAPEL ROAD by Pierre Frei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2003

"Boon is a forgotten writer very much deserving of a revival."
An important reissue of a classic Dutch novel whose Flemish author (1912-79) was an early metafictionist and a political maverick and chameleon frequently compared to Louis-Ferdinand Céline and John Dos Passos. Read full book review >

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BERLIN by Pierre Frei
by Pierre Frei, translated by Anthea Bell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Unfocused, and unsatisfying as a whole."
A sprawling thriller set amid the hard times and horrors of pre- and post-World War II Germany. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Definitely the final word on this game."
Much ado about a football game. Read full book review >

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HOTEL BRASIL by Frei Betto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"Intertwines absurdly understated violence with a reflective portrait of the city and its types so anthropologically precise that you'll mourn each new victim—and that's a lot of mourning."
In Betto's debut thriller, a killer is loose in a Rio de Janeiro residential hotel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME FIRST by Max Kornell
by Max Kornell, illustrated by Max Kornell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2014

"As soothing on the eyes as it is, potentially, on the nerves. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Being first is only fun—if it can be called fun—when it doesn't entail learning the rude consequences of the unknown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TICKLEMONSTER AND ME by Max Haynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 1999

"There is little doubt that these stage directions will be only a jumping-off point for most readers; just in case the story is not provocative enough, there are additional games included. (Picture book. 2-7)"
Haynes (In the Driver's Seat, 1997, etc.) has produced a visual script for a ticklefest. Read full book review >

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CIRCLES AND SQUARES EVERYWHERE! by Max Grover
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"An eye-catching elementary introduction to the notion, also found in Dayle Ann Dodds's The Shape of Things (1994, not reviewed), that these basic shapes can be found everywhere. (Picture book. 3-5)"
There is no shortage of picture books featuring geometric shapes, but surely this is one of the brightest. Read full book review >