Search Results: "Mike Gorman"


BOOK REVIEW

CAMP ALIEN by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"That combination, with generous measures of daffy humor, will get readers past the weak plot—the Duthwi hatch, but then decide to turn themselves back into eggs—and into anticipating Zack's future exploits. (Science fiction. 9-11)"
Having learned in My Cousin, the Alien (2008) that he's not an ordinary kid but a disguised alien with unusual powers, young Zack is again pressed into service by the Galactic Patrol. Read full book review >

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THE WIZARDS OF WYRD WORLD by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A firmly tongue-in-cheek series hits its stride as Josh cuts out his earlier foot-dragging and shows signs of becoming an adrenalin junkie like his sister. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Thanks to two young biblionauts and the alien transporter they snatched in the series opener, a weary writer finds both terror and inspiration in the fantasy world where his own novels are set. Read full book review >

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MY COUSIN, THE ALIEN by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Gorman's frequent black-and-white cartoon scenes of popeyed preteens in various hazardous situations add notes of comical suspense. (Science fiction. 9-11)"
Fledgling chapter-book readers turned off by the grosser parts of the Andrew Lost tales may enjoy the more conventional escapades in this kickoff. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM PLANET YASTOL by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers ready for longer chapter books will enjoy having some science fiction to choose from and welcome further adventures. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Josh Higgins, boy author, finds out what happens when he really lives in the world he created. Read full book review >

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THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PLANET by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The weak plot doesn't really bear up under its instructional load, but there's enough farce to keep the lessons well-greased. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Caving to the demands of his pesky little sister Maggie, aspiring fictioneer Josh's second fantasy story features a world with mermaids and unicorns. Sort of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FELONIOUS FELINES by Carol Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Carrie Channell, Mat Coward, Brian Lawrence, Wendi Lee, Janet Pack, Tom Piccirilli, Roman Ranieri, Peter Schweighofer, and Edo van Belkom supply fresh blood, with reprints by Carole Nelson Douglas, Joan Hess, and Nancy Pickard making the case that nine lives are never enough."
The gimmick of the latest Gorman-sponsored collection of cat mysteries (Ed Gorman's co-edited Cat Crimes Through Time, 1998, etc.) is that there's no gimmick, unless you count the presence of a dozen felines in key roles. Read full book review >

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WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"The governor of Iowa should give veteran Gorman the key to the state."
This prequel to The Day the Music Died (1999) kicks off with Ford dealer Dick Keys's unveiling of the ballyhooed 1957 Edsel, and his discovery of a woman's corpse in the trunk of one of his futuristic new cars, as dead as the Edsel soon will be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"US or England—nobody's likely to quarrel with the volume's inclusiveness, with Jon L. Breen's 25-page state-of-the-genre introduction, or with the hope that the subtitle turns out to be accurate."
Editor Gorman's 1992-99 annuals, formerly titled The Year's 25 Finest Crime and Mystery Stories, have sprouted a new title, landed a new publisher, and grown by half again their length into this behemoth. Read full book review >

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THE SEEING GLASS by Jacquelin Gorman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1997

"Two memorable stories in one. (First serial to Good Housekeeping and Reader's Digest; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A terrifying bout of blindness stirs up recollections of a dark family story in this moving memoir. Read full book review >

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SUCH A GOOD GIRL AND OTHER CRIME STORIES by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Not as varied or virtuoso as the stories in Moonchasers (1996), but still as heartfelt a collection as you'll find this year."
As Gorman's title aptly indicates, the 11 stories (1996-2000) collected here often feature children pressed into service in key roles. Read full book review >

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TICKET TO RIDE by Ed Gorman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2010

"The locals seem to be displaying more dirty laundry more openly than usual (Fools Rush In, 2007, etc.). Blame the Beatles."
1965. Echoes of the Vietnam War trouble the waters of Black River Falls, Iowa—which, as fans of attorney/investigator Sam McCain know, were never all that peaceful to begin with. Read full book review >

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A Blind Eye by Jane  Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2015

"An astutely crafted, action-packed read."
A murder mystery revolving around government corruption in Poland. Read full book review >