Search Results: "Michael Marshall"


BOOK REVIEW

THE INTRUDERS by Michael Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Subtle, satisfying—and really scary."
Potent, character-driven thriller about personality manipulation and brainwashing. Read full book review >

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WE ARE HERE by Michael Marshall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Though laborious at times, Marshall's novel rewards the reader's patience with its edgy storytelling and ambition."
In this thriller by Marshall (Killer Move, 2011, etc.), people are being stalked on the streets of New York but not in the usual fashion. The stalkers are part of a strange underworld of rejected "shadow people" who disappear as suddenly as they appear. Read full book review >

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KILLER MOVE by Michael Marshall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 28, 2011

"A mildly enjoyable thriller that sets up a sequel on which only committed fans of the author may want to take a flyer."
A Florida realtor targeted by unknown antagonists is suspected of assorted crimes while a parolee returns to his old stomping grounds to avenge the death of the woman he was convicted of murdering. Read full book review >

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SPARES by Michael Marshall Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"If a novel was ever destined to follow Ridley Scott's classic filming of Philip K. Dick's Blade Runner, this is it. (Film rights optioned by DreamWorks SKG; author tour)"
British writer Smith's first US publication, an action fantasy about a future dystopia. Read full book review >

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ONE OF US by Michael Marshall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"But heavy-handed deus-ex-machina action clobbers the story's more delicate facets."
Attempting to build on the success of last year's Spares, the London-based Smith serves up a nicely atmospheric but, in the end, overextended thriller about a caretaker of other people's memories who suddenly finds himself on everyone's most-wanted list. Read full book review >

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A HONEY OF A DAY by Janet Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 2000

"A clever idea, but one that is unsuccessfully executed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A host of wild animals attends the wedding of two bears set among the abundant wildflowers that have inspired this story. Read full book review >

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BANANA MOON by Janet Marshall
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"The pages of the book are thick and coated, making them durable and easy for small fingers to turn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Marshall (Look Once, Look Twice, 1995, etc.) uses die-cut illustrations as a tease, for objects glimpsed on the other side of a hole are not what they appear: Candy canes turn out to be the sails of sailboats, and salt-water taffy is transformed into the whorls of a turtle's shell. Read full book review >

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LOOK ONCE, LOOK TWICE by Janet Marshall
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1995

"But the guessing game is fun, and may encourage children to look more closely at patterns in everyday life. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The bold colors, sharp graphics, and pure design of this alphabet book will nab children's attention initially, but the ideas beyond that first look may confuse even older readers. Read full book review >

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JAMES MARSHALL'S MOTHER GOOSE by James Marshall
POETRY
Released: Sept. 28, 1979

"When Marshall is good he's pretty funny, and when he's bad he's not horrid, merely flat."
You'll skip right through this Mother Goose—partly because Marshall's selections are consistently bouncy and light, but partly because his goofy, one-note pictures don't often invite poring over. Read full book review >

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MONSTER, BE GOOD! by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"'If a monster is tired and grumpy, send it to bed and say, ‘GO TO SLEEP!' ' Like that would work. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A blatantly psychotherapeutic variation on Where the Wild Things Are and like empowerment fare.Read full book review >

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FOX OUTFOXED by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations limned with Marshall's usual zest and verve; good comical fun. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
In his seventh appearance, Fox—always a bit too clever for his own good—gets three more just deserts: when he cheats by using little sister Louise as the engine of his homemade race car; when a neighbor gleefully absconds with the beloved comics he has mendaciously disparaged; and when Louise, abandoned in her Halloween pumpkin costume by the older kids, renders some delightfully novel and appropriate poetic justice. Read full book review >