Search Results: "Michael Reaves"


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VOODOO CHILD by Michael Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Not bad for those into blood sacrifice."
Emmy Awardwinning Hollywood screenwriter Reaves's new and improved fantasy number leaps right over his previous Night Hunter (1995) and Street Magic (1991). Read full book review >

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THE SILVER DREAM by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"High-concept science, rapid-fire but sometimes sloppy writing, stiff dialogue, shallow characters, and plenty of action: old-fashioned science fiction indeed, dressed up to appeal to a modern audience. (Science fiction. 10-15)"
Don't be fooled by Gaiman's name on the cover: This is a slightly pedestrian if not unsatisfying bit of science-fictional fluff. Read full book review >

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ETERNITY'S WHEEL by Neil Gaiman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 19, 2015

"All in all, purely for fans. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
The Interworld series, based on a TV concept developed by Gaiman and Michael Reaves (and still sporting Gaiman's name although seemingly not written by him), comes to a close. Read full book review >

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HELL ON EARTH by Michael Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Older kids will slurp this up."
Horror-master Reaves (Voodoo Child, 1998, etc.) jump-starts his narrative with a socko opener no later developments quite match. Read full book review >

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NIGHT HUNTER by Michael Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1995

"An uneasy hybrid that does credit to neither genre."
Reaves has extended his franchise from San Francisco (Street Magic, 1991, etc.) to Hollywood, but it's the same mixture as before: high-concept fantasy among urban lowlifes. Read full book review >

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STREET MAGIC by Michael Reaves
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1991

"With a fast pace and references to a wide range of popular fantasy books, movies, and comics, this is likely to appeal to an undiscerning readership."
Reaves (The Shattered World) has done some respectable work in fantasy and other genres, but his latest novel is a lifeless, by- the-numbers urban fantasy that goes through the prescribed motions with little innovation or depth. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS OVER BAKER STREET by Michael Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A few clunkers aside: a very entertaining volume."
Conan Doyle's immortal creations Holmes and Watson battle enigmatic forces of darkness in this smartly conceived collection of 18 new tales of intrigue, detection, and horror. Read full book review >

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GET WHAT'S COMING by Sam Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 19, 1995

"The man's doing his bit to make the streets of Chicago a little safer—and a lot more interesting."
Chicago cabbie/avenger Cooper MacLeish (Bury It Deep, 1993, etc.) is married now, and driving for just one client, real- estate tycoon Regis Swanson. Read full book review >

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MEAN TOWN BLUES by Sam Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Reaves' prose falls somewhere between lean and flat and most of the characters are one-dimensional. But the chase has pull, and feisty, cocky, yet vulnerable McLain looks primed to be a series hero."
A wounded Iraq vet finds Chicago almost as treacherous as Baghdad in this latest from prolific noir author Reaves (Homicide 69, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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A LONG COLD FALL by Sam Reaves
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

Introducing Vietnam vet/cabdriver/jack-of-all-trades Cooper MacLeish, who comes home from the funeral of suicidal long-ago first love Vivian Horstmann determined to find her runaway son Dominic—and who then turns up more than he bargained for when the kid (who may be his own son) tells him his mother was murdered. Read full book review >

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BURY IT DEEP by Sam Reaves
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With so many sleazeballs running around loose, you'll be positively relieved by the final bloody holocaust."
Should Chicago reporter Melvin Moreland pursue a tip from shady informant Vance Oyler about a story that'll ``sink some heavy cruisers''? Read full book review >

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DOOLEY’S BACK by Sam Reaves
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Canny noirist Reaves (Get What's Coming, 1995, etc.) keeps the action lean and mean until that far-fetched, impossibly elaborate sting turns it soft and fuzzy at the end."
Frank Dooley was a Chicago cop, a good one on the fast track, until he committed murder. Read full book review >