Search Results: "Monica Ponder"


BOOK REVIEW

MONICA by Saunders Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"But Lewis is also an obtrusive writer whose digressions and summaries both vitiate this novel's artfulness and make it unlikely that Monica will ever be seen as anything more than an unusually interesting period piece."
Monica ($17.95 paperback original; Oct. 31; 120 pp.; 1-85411-195-7): The first American edition of a once-notorious 1930 novel by eminent Welsh writer Lewis (18931985), whose only foray into prose fiction was this Bovary-an tale of an unhappy housewife sustained, then betrayed, by her overheated romantic imagination. Read full book review >

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THE ONLY ROAD by Monica Ponder
Released: Dec. 23, 2011

"Earnest, likable characters imbue this fantasy with equal amounts of imagination and sincerity."
A dishonored, exiled young man befriends elves and finds love in the conclusion to Ponder's Cel'mystry Diaries trilogy (A Great Red Bow, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEMONS OF THE ISLANDS by Monica Ponder
Released: June 27, 2012

"Excessive jargon and a gigantic ensemble break the spell of this well-meaning fantasy novel."
The mystical exploits of Sheer'An and company continue in this fourth installment of Ponder's Cel'mystry series (The Only Road, 2011, etc.), which is the first to credit co-author Nash. Read full book review >

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KILLING MONICA by Candace Bushnell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"The book's portrayal of Pandy feels both self-congratulatory and unintentionally unpleasant, the hostility toward male characters is virulent—the only good male in the book may not be one—and the sense of humor is nil."
Bushnell (One Fifth Avenue, 2008, etc.) is still playing her Sex and the City riffs in this self-referential sort-of satire about an author whose insanely popular fictional creation has taken over her life.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Keep Santa Monica Clean by Pasha Adam
Released: July 21, 2016

"A wildly entertaining take on Hollywood and the slime beneath the sparkle."
A Los Angeles noir novel shows readers a side of the city that they don't often allow themselves to see. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PAUSE AND PONDER by Rashid Osmani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A strong poet is perceptive, eloquent, and thoughtful—and Osmani is three for three."
By turns religious, romantic, and political, this collection shows readers a skilled poet coming into his own. Read full book review >

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THE CROWNING GLORY OF CALLA LILY PONDER by Rebecca Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2009

"Wells wallops every button in this sugary addition to the growing genre of Southern beauty parlor uplift fiction."
Wells (Ya-Yas in Bloom, 2005, etc.) leaves her Ya-Yas behind to chronicle the life of a Louisiana beautician with healing powers. Read full book review >

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OLD CRICKET by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2003

"The figures in this original tale seem ready to spring off the pages, and the text, laced with creaks and cracks, is a natural for reading aloud. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Wheeler and Goembel follow up their inspired Sailor Moo (2002) with another sidesplitting animal story, this one with a folkloric, Southern flavor. Read full book review >

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CASTAWAY CATS by Lisa Wheeler
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2006

"The story starts on the cover, and cat fans will beg to start again each time the book is closed. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"On an island / in the ocean / near the land of Singapore, / midst a storm of great proportion, / fifteen cats were washed ashore." Read full book review >

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DINOSNORES by Kelly DiPucchio
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp2000. (Picture book. 6-8)"
How did the dinosaurs get ready for bed? Read full book review >