Search Results: "Ming Doyle"


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TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In a densely populated teen-lit landscape of werewolves, vamps and unrequited love, this doesn't stand out, but it will likely find its readership. (Graphic supernatural romance. 13 & up)"
A graphic adaptation of Leitich Smith's werewolf-vampire-culinary thriller from a new point of view. Read full book review >

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ALTAI by Wu Ming
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
Released: April 9, 2013

"If you like your historical fiction with plenty of explosions and Turkish-inflected interjections ('I do not doubt that our Muezzinzade Ali Pahsa...will be able to stand up to the infidels'), this is right up your alley."
More historical fiction alla Bolognese by the Italian committee. Read full book review >

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SPIDER BOYS by Ming Cher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Still, an interesting voice on an age-old theme."
A bare-bones, gritty, and entertaining first novel about street kids in 1955 Singapore. Read full book review >

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MANITUANA by Wu Ming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"A worthy treatment of a history too little known, though nowhere near as delightful or as quirky as Q and '54."
Odd, spirited, tale of educated Indians, savage Europeans and bad mojo in the American outback at the time of the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE MOON by Hsu-Ming Teo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"In a world with increasingly flexible borders, Teo's fine novel about traditions lost, found and reshaped resonates beyond the Australian experience."
Set in contemporary Australia, Teo's second novel (Love and Vertigo, not reviewed) is a beautifully crafted story of immigrant alienation, splintered families and the saving grace of friendship. Read full book review >

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THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Des Moines, 1993, etc.) evocatively retells this Chinese folktale, made doubly effective by exceptional tinted woodcuts, artwork that conjures a south Asian landscape with startling power. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of courage given impact by the sheer drama that laces the story—the give and take, the frenzied activity, the cleverness. Read full book review >

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54 by Wu Ming
Kirkus Star
by Wu Ming, translated by Shaun Whiteside
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Don Camillo meets The Name of the Rose meets Dr. No: a rewarding beach book for grownups."
Grant, Cary Grant. Super secret agent. Not just in Hitchcock films, but in real life. Read full book review >

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A B SEE by Elizabeth Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"While the tiny images will make this a challenge for young babies, the large number of objects to identify means they will return to it again and again as their vocabularies expand. (Board book. 1-4)"
Hundreds of tiny, subtly raised images to study and name make a lovely, tactile alphabet book that can be enjoyed far longer than most ABC books. Read full book review >

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COURTSHIP & CURSES by Marissa Doyle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"It's considerably more aristocratic and less nuanced than Austen's middle-class world, but Austenites—especially those whose favorite scenes involve shopping and balls—won't mind. (author's note) (Historical fantasy romance. 12 & up)"
Though it bucks the fan-fiction trend of making Jane Austen a character (often of the undead variety), this cheery Regency fantasy qualifies as major homage. Read full book review >

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STRAY VOLTAGE by Eugenie Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

"Doyle is an exciting new voice and definitely someone to watch. (Fiction. 10 +)"
This simply drawn portrait of an 11-year-old boy pulls readers into the loneliness of a child coping with his mother's absence and his father's neglect. Read full book review >

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BETRAYING SEASON by Marissa Doyle
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The mixture of historical detail and magic makes this bodice-ripper another page-turner, if one that's a bit on the subdued side. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Doyle's sequel to Bewitching Season (2008) gives Penelope (Pen) Leland center stage. Read full book review >

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THE SNAPPER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Not a false note anywhere."
A warm, frank, and very funny account of family life and pregnancy as Irish writer Doyle (The Commitments, 1989; also see below) continues the saga of the endearing working-class Rabbitte family of Barrytown, Dublin. Read full book review >