Search Results: "Mur Lafferty"


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THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY by Mur Lafferty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 28, 2013

"The hip, knowing and sometimes hysterically funny narrative, interspersed with excerpts from the guide of the title, lurches along in splendid fashion. Combine wit, style and acute observation: The result is irresistible."
From the author of Playing for Keeps (2008), a comedic fantasy about monsters and New Yorkers—and, as residents will be unsurprised to learn, monsters who are New Yorkers. Read full book review >

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SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"You have to wonder why, given Lafferty's manifest talent for humor, she didn't simply play it for laughs. Still, readers easily captivated and not overly concerned with structural dependability will find much to entertain them."
The fantasist author of the hilarious The Shambling Guide to New York City (2013) ventures into science-fiction horror. Read full book review >

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NANOVER: HACKED by Mur Lafferty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Skillfully avoiding literary pitfalls while focusing on the target demographic, the team delivers a decent read. (Science fiction. 9-12)"
Book tie-in to massively multiplayer online game. Read full book review >

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Released: April 28, 1992

"A mild dose of suspense and mystery with no killings and no loss of marital chastity—even more innocuous than prime-time TV."
While his wife is away presiding over the birth of their first grandchild, Jack Jablonski, retired since Jablonski of L.A. (1991) from the FBI into private practice, juggles two cases—trying to figure out which deranged fan of hot newscaster Mikki O'Reilly disfigured and blinded her in an acid attack, and also seeing whether he can persuade high-school teacher Mary Montgomery to get away from her abusive husband before he kills her (an unofficial case that Jablonski will break with the help of neighboring psychic Marla May Willowbrook)—while fending off the pipe-dream advances of Sgt. Read full book review >

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JABLONSKI OF L.A. by Perry Lafferty
Released: June 17, 1991

"Pretty routine stuff, overall, with most of the limited interest coming from the knowledgeable aviation talk throughout (pilot-author Lafferty has also written an aviation thriller, The Downing of Flight Six-Heavy—not reviewed)."
Jackson Jablonski is an old-fashioned, overweight ex-FBI guy who is decidedly out of place in hip Venice, California, where he and his wife have come to sell her dead brother's beach house. Read full book review >

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A Doodle-Head Named Whompi by Laura Lafferty
written and illustrated by Laura Lafferty
Released: Feb. 19, 2014

"While less moralizing and more skillful text and art would have made this book even better, its whimsy and wordplay make it worth a try."
This well-meaning first book of Doodle-Head celebrates differences. Read full book review >

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MASTERPIECES by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Duh?"
Card (Shadow of the Hegemon, 2000, etc.), science fiction's popular neo-pastoral writer, picks his 27 favorites of the century—most of which are undisputed classics, even if Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe," Brian Aldiss's "Who Can Replace Man?" and Arthur C. Clarke's "Nine Billion Names of God" have been included in so many best-of and college textbook collections that they are almost canonical. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF CRANK! by Brian Cholfin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"Unquantifiable, eccentric, eclectic, worth a try."
Seventeen tales, 1987—96, collected from the small press magazine Crank!, whose editor Cholfin's mission statement is to dismantle the concept of genre altogether—a marketing strategy, not a literary classification, he insists, with some justification. Read full book review >