Search Results: "Nicholas Kaufmann"


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DYING IS MY BUSINESS by Nicholas Kaufmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Although Kaufmann writes well, unlike the innovative works of masters of the genre like Mike Carey and Neil Gaiman, his work tends to rely heavily on clichéd, by-the-numbers plotting."
An amnesiac discovers he can't stay dead in Kaufmann's entry into the urban-fantasy realm. Read full book review >

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DIE AND STAY DEAD by Nicholas Kaufmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A repetitive and unfocused setup for a third novel."
Kaufmann's protagonist who can't die is back for another magic-driven adventure in this New York City-based novel. Read full book review >

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THE DOLDRUMS by Nicholas Gannon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Readers will eventually sigh in relief with Archer and friends. (Adventure. 7-11)"
Eleven-year-old Archer B. Helmsley enlists his best friend, Oliver Glub, and Adélaïde, the new student from France, to help him track down his explorer grandparents in Antarctica—despite the fact that Archer's mother confines him to two places: his museumlike home and his school. Read full book review >

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BIG BEAR HUG by Nicholas Oldland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This debut is a treat for the tree hugger in all of us. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A big black bear is so full of love and happiness that he hugs every living thing he encounters: "No animal was too big… / Too small… / Too smelly… / Or too scary to hug." Read full book review >

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THE SISTER by Paola Kaufmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"Sensitively captures the dark, secretive nature of these thorny New England characters."
Younger sister Lavinia narrates events from the long-deceased poet's life in this translation of a fanciful 2003 novel by the late Argentinean writer Kaufmann. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Not so much a systematic identification guide as a broad, engagingly informal reminder that we are sharing our immediate surroundings, as well as our world in general, with others. (index, glossary, online resources) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
An unfocused but mildly entertaining introduction to our nonhuman neighbors and housemates. Read full book review >

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DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD by Nicholas Wilde
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Wilde used the idea of being haunted by guilt over a friend's death much more effectively in his intriguing ghost story Into the Dark (1991). (Fiction. 11-13)"
An oddly unfinished novel in which past and present mingle in the mind of an emotionally disturbed teenager, but not to any clear purpose. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE MIND by Nicholas Humphrey
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Only then, perhaps, could one argue that Humphrey has developed a new theory of perception—not a touchy-feely one—to explain consciousness."
Actually, not a history of the mind, but a theory of consciousness—and an amazingly parsimonious theory at that. Read full book review >

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NOCHE BUENA by Nicholas Kanellos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"As might be expected, a superb Christmas book worthy its publisher and its subject, something that can't be said for all holiday books this season."
Editor Kanellos, founder of The Americas Review as well as Arte Público Press, offers a compendium of 36 pieces from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba, and Puerto Rico—a collection celebrating al Hijo de Dios in highly literary ways, including stories, songs, and a play in verse. Read full book review >

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HARMONY IN FLESH AND BLACK by Nicholas Kilmer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1995

"Not much mystery about the mystery, but newcomer Kilmer—in this first of a series—can turn a phrase without breaking a sweat, and Fred's narration raises understatement to its own delicious art."
Effete Beacon Hill art collector Clayton Reed didn't hire his errand boy, Fred Taylor, for his experience in covert ops in Vietnam, but Fred's expertise comes in very handy when Clay's deal for an unattributed painting being sold by pornographer Henry Smykal goes awry: Fred returns to Smykal's seedy apartment for a letter of authentication only to find the would-be dealer dead among his ``hired vaginas.'' While Clay, already preoccupied with the next canvas he plans to purchase—a Martin Johnson Heade that just might be painted over a Vermeer—skedaddles to keep himself away from the prying eyes of the police, Fred fences with an unwelcome new presence: a coyly anonymous collector who insists that he bought the painting from Smykal, and that he has the letter of authentication to prove it—as well as a hostage to strenghten his bargaining position. Read full book review >