Search Results: "Michael Riordan"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"A meandering account that will appeal mainly to readers sympathetic to the Palestinian cause."
A left-leaning Canadian journalist and filmmaker talks to grassroots peace and human-rights activists in Palestine and Israel. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1997

"But lacking human interest, Crystal Fire is likely to appeal only to scientists and tech-heads. (photos and drawings, not seen)"
This attempt to dramatize the events leading up to and following the invention of the transistor is mired down in scientific detail. Read full book review >

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THE HAMMER OF THOR by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An entertaining sequel that will whet fans' appetites for the next installment. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
It's the end of the world as they know it, and Magnus Chase and his godly cohorts are back for another round of sword fighting and wisecracking. Read full book review >

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SOUTH TOWN by Rick Riordan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 2004

"Just when you think the shamus subgenre might have been milked to death, along comes talented Riordan to demonstrate what brisk pacing, smart plotting, and an immensely likable protagonist can do to revive it."
After a one-book hiatus, p.i. Tres Navarre (The Devil Went Down to Austin, 2001, etc.) is back with a vengeance in a page-turner about a vengeful sociopath. Read full book review >

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THE LOST HERO by Rick Riordan
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Die-hard fans will probably be happy with this for a time, but unless Riordan tightens things up considerably by number five, they may find themselves hoping that it does not end with a third Great Prophecy."
"Not again!" yells one of the three protagonists at one point in Rick Riordan's first installment of his second five-book series that fuses Classical mythology with everyday teen angst. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF THE LABYRINTH by Rick Riordan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 6, 2008

"Look no further for the next Harry Potter; meet Percy Jackson, as legions of fans already have. (Fantasy. 9 & up)"
The fourth and penultimate volume of Percy Jackson and the Olympians is the best one yet. Read full book review >

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THE SNIPER by James Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"The well-designed cover in black and red, complete with sniper and bullet holes, and the fast-paced tale of war ensure that this fine volume will appeal to many readers. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
The Battle of Stalingrad changed the course of World War II—but at the cost of one million lives, more than any other battle in history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Riordan's biography has few such saving graces. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Despite its title, the aging enfant terrible of America takes few hits from the friendly fire of this overly authorized biography. Read full book review >

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THE SERPENT'S SHADOW by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Other gods and future stories are hinted at in the conclusion; in the meantime, Riordan's The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide is available to maintain the spell. (glossary, list of gods and goddesses) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Riordan's Kane Chronicles trilogy concludes with a smash, as Carter and Sadie Kane once again try to save the world from the forces of Chaos. Read full book review >

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BLOOD RUNNER by James Riordan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"This potentially inspiring tale staggers along under the weight of a worthy agenda. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
A general indictment of apartheid is thinly wrapped in a tale about a young Zulu marathoner who runs for his country in the Olympics. Read full book review >

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THE MARK OF ATHENA by Rick Riordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A literal cliffhanger leaves eager readers hanging; next stop: Greece—and Tartarus. (glossary) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After waging two separate quests (The Lost Hero, 2010; The Son of Neptune, 2011), the Greek and Roman demigods of Riordan's Heroes of Olympus quintet join forces. Read full book review >

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THE TITAN’S CURSE by Rick Riordan
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 1, 2007

"This can stand alone, though newcomers to the series will race back to the first two volumes and eagerly await a fourth installment. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The stirring of monsters has begun. Read full book review >