Search Results: "Michael Ridpath"


BOOK REVIEW

WHERE THE SHADOWS LIE by Michael Ridpath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"This series debut from Ridpath (Trading Reality, 1997, etc.) combines long-winded exposition, humdrum detection, fascinating echoes of Tolkien and Njal's Saga and acute observations about the distinctive culture of Iceland."
An Icelandic-American cop, exiled to his homeland, finds himself caught in a centuries-old web of murder, power grabs and the One True Ring. Read full book review >

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TRADING REALITY by Michael Ridpath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Smooth and brimming with high-tech gimmicks: perfect for those who prefer no-brainer fiction; for the rest, this may seem a vapid tale peopled by flat characters. ($50,000 ad/promo)"
Keen to capitalize on his debut, Free to Trade (1995), a bestselling bond-market thriller, London-based Ridpath once again relies on his City trading know-how, but this time adds a dash of bonnie Scotland (in the form of a computer company specializing in virtual reality applications) to freshen the mix. Read full book review >

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FAR NORTH by Michael Ridpath
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"As in Where the Shadows Lie (2011), Magnus doesn't shine as a detective, and his fish-out-of-water act could just as easily have played out back home in Boston. Even so, his second case is bound to hook readers who wonder about either the fictional or the real-life implications of the Icelandic financial crisis."
Detective Sgt. Magnus Jonson, seconded from Boston to Reykjavík, tackles two cases, one with global consequences, the other striking considerably closer to home. Read full book review >

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FREE TO TRADE by Michael Ridpath
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Plunging a Boy Scout into an abyss of greed, deceit, and violence is nothing new, but it's rarely this embarrassing. (First printing of 100,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An absolute flop as a thriller, this first novel astounds as an exercise in slowly unfolding boredom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAKED! by Michael Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Doesn't cover particularly new nude territory, but children equally enthralled with going out in their altogethers will appreciate the enthusiasm here. (Picture book. 2-6)"
One boy's birthday suit gets a bit of a workout in this heartfelt paean to going au naturel. Read full book review >

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WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"The brilliant combination of art and text will capture the imaginations of both bibliophiles and less-than-enthusiastic readers. (Picture book. 3-7)"
When young Spencer's beloved books begin to disappear, the boy devises a plan to catch the culprit (although not before suspecting his toddler sister). Read full book review >

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I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Ironically, boring. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A kid and a tuber dispute what is and isn't boring, to no particular avail. Read full book review >

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SEA MONKEY & BOB by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"A barrel of giggles, exaltation of friendship, and slight science to boot. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sea Monkey (a dapper, bow-tied brine shrimp) and Bob (a green-speckled puffer fish) both face a worrisome underwater plight—density. Read full book review >

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MITZI TULANE, PRESCHOOL DETECTIVE IN WHAT'S THAT SMELL? by Lauren McLaughlin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Despite misgivings, it's a sweet story centering on a bright, black birthday girl, and on that front it takes the cake. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mitzi Tulane may be a preschool detective, but she is also a birthday girl. Read full book review >

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RUBY ROSE by Rob Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Artistic expression clashes with classroom discipline, and neither is the winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dance should be a 24/7 activity—or so believes one young fan. Read full book review >

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RUBY ROSE, BIG BRAVOS by Rob Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Small children who love to wear pink and plié around the house will find this an agreeable read. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little balletomane performs a duet with her bear. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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