Search Results: "Naomi Novik"


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LEAGUE OF DRAGONS by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Not the finest entry in the sequence, being slow to gather momentum and somewhat patchy, but overall a satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series."
Ninth, and last, of the Temeraire historical fantasy series (Blood of Tyrants, 2013, etc.), reimagining the Napoleonic Wars in a world where humans coexist with intelligent dragons. Read full book review >

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BLOOD OF TYRANTS by Naomi Novik
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A first-class entry in a remarkable and appealing series; this one's mostly independently intelligible, though newcomers will want to start from the beginning."
Eighth and penultimate entry (Crucible of Gold, 2012, etc.) in Novik's historical fantasy series that presents the Napoleonic wars as a global conflict whose armed forces include intelligent dragons. Read full book review >

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TONGUES OF SERPENTS by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2010

"An effective chapter in the popular series, featuring well-developed dragon characters that are often more entertaining than their human counterparts."
Novik (Victory of Eagles, 2008, etc.) delivers the sixth book in her alternate-history fantasy series, this time bringing its dragon-centered story to early-1800s Australia. Read full book review >

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CRUCIBLE OF GOLD by Naomi Novik
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 6, 2012

"In some ways, a repeat of what's gone before, but despite that, thoughtful, good fun."
After a brief hiatus (Tongues of Serpents, 2010, etc.), Novik continues the globetrotting, alternate-Napoleonic-era adventures of Captain William Laurence and his Chinese Celestial dragon Temeraire. Read full book review >

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GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >

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CODE NAME KOMIKO by Naomi Paul
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"This bland techno-thriller has plenty of action but not quite enough style. (Thriller. 13-18)"
A teenage hacktivist and her online comrades encounter danger and betrayal when they begin investigating a fashion mogul's business operations in Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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OFFSEASON by Naomi Holoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1998

"A rather stiff and unconvincing debut: Holoch's lovers never quite come alive or glow as the City of Light does, even in this dark time of year."
A first novel from the editor of the Women on Women series: an earnest tale of doomed lesbian love in a wonderfully rendered out- of-season Paris setting. Read full book review >

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SNAKESKIN SHAMISEN by Naomi Hirahara
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 25, 2006

"Hirahara's complex and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American subculture enhances her mystery, and vice versa."
Mas Arai's probe of a restaurant murder stretches back 50 years to old secrets. Read full book review >

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STEALING FOR A LIVING by Naomi Rand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 30, 2003

"Though the nominal perps turn out to be nobodies, that's just the point of Rand's sophomore exploration of evil at its most slippery and self-justifying."
It's always something for a working mother in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1997

"But the author's alternative to such confusion, an adaptation of Native American initiation rituals, seems unpersuasive and insufficient. (Author tour)"
This luminous personal memoir of a young girl's discovery and embrace of her own sexual desire is somewhat dimmed by the author's intrusive, familiar analysis of this culture's misrepresentation of female sexuality. Read full book review >

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BLOOD HINA by Naomi Hirahara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2010

"Aging and financially struggling Mas Arai's fourth case (Snakeskin Shamisen, 2006, etc.) is shaggy but very engaging, written with heart and depth, and starring an Everyman for our time."
Elderly Los Angeles gardener Mas Arai turns unlikely sleuth again to help a friend in distress. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"A perceptive and informative biography. (b&w illustrations, diagrams, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 13+)"
In the Portraits in Science series, an intelligent chronicle of Curie's life, from her struggle to educate herself in Russian-occupied Poland to her successes in France; her pioneering work with her husband; and her troubles and triumphs after his death. Read full book review >