Search Results: "Neal Hirschfeld"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Merely serviceable, offering few surprises—much less vigorously written than Michael Codella and Bruce Bennett's Alphaville (2010), which covers some of the same ground."
A retired undercover agent's story. Read full book review >

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TOO HIGH by Corson Hirschfeld
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Hirschfield (Aloha, Mr. Lucky, 2000) is a very funny writer with a well-developed sadistic streak, unlimited imagination when it comes to sexcapades, and the ability to relate historical events in full-farce regalia."
Back in Honolulu, where he was known around the university as the Sex Doctor for his scholarly dissertations on such matters as Fijian yam dildos, aging archeologist Digger Fitz had little preparation for what awaited him in the town of Golden Leaf, in the hills of east Kentucky: his archaeologist cousin's dead carcass, lips sewn closed with a fishing hook and lead lures plumping out his jowls. Read full book review >

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UNBOUND by Neal Shusterman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A competently produced set of stories that will send fans over the moon and swiftly intrigue newcomers. (Dystopia. 12-16)"
The Unwind world is thoroughly explored in this companion piece. Read full book review >

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ANTSY DOES TIME by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Silliness balances out the maudlin, keeping Antsy's story from either bathos or antic excess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Antsy Bonano of The Schwa Was Here (2004) continues his trend of befriending boys named after vowel sounds and diacritics, when he strikes up a strange relationship with classmate Gunnar Ümlaut. Read full book review >

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EVERWILD by Neal Shusterman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A fascinating read penned by an expert hand. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Everlost is where children go when they die, if they miss their chance to go into the light or are just not ready to transition into the hereafter. Read full book review >

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THE SCHWA WAS HERE by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The presence of stock characters and subplots doesn't detract from the cleverness and humor of this tall tale. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Calvin Schwa is special, see? Read full book review >

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LOOSE ENDS by Neal Bowers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 16, 2001

"A disappointment."
A rather underimagined seriocomic novel, the first by the Iowa author of the well-received nonfiction Words for the Taking: The Hunt for a Plagiarist (1997). Read full book review >

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SKINNY ANNIE BLUES by Neal Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"As monotonously manic as Dead Dog Blues (1994): a year's worth of antic wake-up calls crammed into a single shaggy story."
When the daddy he hasn't seen in 18 years is reported dead, Wiley Moss, who draws bugs for the Smithsonian, abandons his catatonic girlfriend Giselle for Galveston. Read full book review >

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STONE VOICES by Neal Ascherson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Greatly accessible compendium of scholarly passion."
A British journalist and historian examines Scotland's movements for home rule and independence—not necessarily conjoined—and illuminates their tangled roots. Read full book review >

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THE SYSTEM OF THE WORLD by Neal Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Learned, violent, sarcastic, and profound: a glorious finish to one of the most ambitious epics of recent years."
The Baroque Cycle crosses the finish line: somewhat winded but still spry. Read full book review >

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BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT by Neal Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller."
Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Read full book review >