Search Results: "Neil Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Karlsson's deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work."
Could a banal office act as an incubator of madness? That's the question posed in this provocative fictional debut by a prominent Swedish actor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"The author claims that his method will increase profits—and they likely will—but changes in corporate culture will be required to realize them."
Assisted by veteran business and leadership writer O'Connell, Smith (CEO of Promontory Growth and Innovation) offers his recipe for business success. Read full book review >

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BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A thoroughly empathetic examination of the fragile human spirit, Backman's latest will resonate a long time."
In Beartown, where the people are as "tough as the forest, as hard as the ice," the star player on the beloved hockey team is accused of rape, and the town turns upon itself. Read full book review >

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MIDWINTER BLOOD by Mons Kallentoft
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2012

"A complex, heartfelt, rather grueling procedural, middling for the current bumper crop of Scandinavian imports, and first of a series of four seasonal cases for Malin."
Kallentoft's first English-language translation pits Detective Inspector Malin Fors against a killer who committed an unspeakably ritualistic murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BOO by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Smith is often amusing in cute and clever ways, but there's a slyer, more satisfying humor in the twins Tim and Tom Lu, who owe something to Lewis Carroll's Tweedledum and -dee. The book's often earnest trip over the rainbow could have used more of that."
This first novel, a fugitive from the teen bookshelves, combines a school shooting and a whimsical afterlife in a touching tale of what friendship and growing up can mean. Read full book review >

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FORGE OF THE ELDERS by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

"Smith's ideas are amusing if unsubtle—with spaceships called McCain, Hatch, Dole, etc., he wears his ideology on his sleeve—though fans should find diversion here."
In an alternate world where Marxism triumphed, astronauts from the American Soviet Socialist Republic and their Russian colleagues explore space and encounter dinosaurs, giant capitalist cockroaches, robots, nautiloids, talking dogs, etc. Seems that the brilliant but mysteriously dim-witted Elders blazed a trail in probing probability worlds and multiple realities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRST by Jo Nesbø
by Jo Nesbø, translated by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"Middling for this distinguished series: yet more evidence of why Scandinavian crime writers continue to dominate international bestseller lists."
Retired Inspector Harry Hole, who thinks he's safe from his demons as an underpaid lecturer in Oslo's Police College, gets blackmailed into returning to the Crime Squad Unit, with predictably explosive results. Read full book review >

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THE DYING DETECTIVE by Leif G.W. Persson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"A knotty, sinuous story that leads to a hard-won resolution—and a decidedly conclusive end."
Swedish mysterian Persson (Linda, As in the Linda Murder, 2016, etc.) brings a memorable creation to a close in this pensive whodunit. Read full book review >

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BANG CRUNCH by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Smith's frequent focus on the bizarre clouds his vision."
Debut collection of nine limp stories, some realistic, others whimsical. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN ZONE by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"For fans only."
Lamely comic sequel to Probability Broach (not reviewed) has hard-drinking, big-eating, pistol-packing, Colorado good-ol'-boy p.i. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER SON by Alexander Söderberg
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 25, 2015

"A thriller with plenty of vectors but a better sense of direction than its predecessor."
A clearer picture of a fuzzy moral universe emerges in the middle of this thriller trilogy shot through with bad cops, good gangsters, and Scandinavian chill. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT SUN by Jo Nesbø
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Wasting not a word, Nesbø (Blood on Snow, 2015, etc.) paints an indelible portrait of a criminal loser who reflects when he's faced with the supreme threat to his existence that 'it was actually hard to think of anyone who was more dispensable than me.'"
The world's worst hit man goes aground in a little Norwegian town far above the Arctic Circle in this sharp, spare, postcard-sized tale. Read full book review >