Search Results: "Nicholas Sparks"


BOOK REVIEW

NICHOLAS by René Goscinny
Kirkus Star
by René Goscinny, illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempé, translated by Anthea Bell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"At least one sequel is scheduled. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A favorite in France for decades, these 19 tongue-in-cheek tales of daily life as seen through the eyes of an uncritical young everylad will elicit bursts of laughter from children and adults alike. Read full book review >

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SPARKS by S. J. Adams
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A kinetic and well-paced comedy that just might win a few converts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
What's a heartbroken teen to do when the object of her secret lesbian crush ditches her for a boring boyfriend? Read full book review >

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SPARKS by Cathryn Louis
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"An intelligent thriller that's a bit overdone."
Set soon before the recent housing-market crash, Louis' debut features an excellent heroine in an elaborate financial thriller. Read full book review >

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SPARKS by Graham McNamee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"This sweet story sparkles with wit and warmth. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Todd Foster's fifth-grade classmates call him a range of insulting nicknames from Gump (after Forrest Gump) to Retardo. Read full book review >

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NICHOLAS by Jeremy Seal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Here is evidence in an investigative report on who he was before he became the cult personage in the polar parsonage."
Nicholas, the fourth-century resident of Myra, Anatolia, one of the most popular saints, is the subject of this ornate biographical treatment. Read full book review >

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SEE ME by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"More of the same: Sparks has his recipe, and not a bit of it is missing here. It's the literary equivalent of high fructose corn syrup, stickily sweet but irresistible."
Sparks (The Longest Ride, 2013, etc.) serves up another heaping helping of sentimental Southern bodice-rippage. Read full book review >

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SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An emotionally wrenching story with a dramatic happily-ever-after."
A young woman with secrets finds home, community and a potential new love in a small North Carolina beach town; now if she can only rid herself of a past that haunts her, she may just have the life she's always longed for. Read full book review >

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THE GUARDIAN by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"Tame thriller, simply written—but Sparks's name should sell it."
The megaselling writer of just-folks tearjerkers (Nights in Rodanthe, not reviewed, etc.) tries his hand at suspense—with lackluster results. Read full book review >

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NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Short, to the point, and absolutely unremarkable: sure to be another medium-hot romance-lite hit for Sparks, who at the very least can never be accused of overstaying his welcome."
A mother unburdens a story of past romance to her troubled daughter for no good reason. Read full book review >

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THE NOTEBOOK by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

"Destined, positively, for success. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; film rights to New Line Cinema; Literary Guild selection)"
Sparks's debut is a contender in the Robert Waller book-sweeps for most shamelessly sentimental love story, with honorable mention for highest octane schmaltz throughout an extended narrative. Read full book review >

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A WALK TO REMEMBER by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"Weepy wisdom aimed at the holiday trade."
Sparks (The Notebook, 1996; Message in a Bottle, 1998) carries on in his determined effort to make people cry, this time with an old premise, slow windup, and wobbly pitch. Read full book review >

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1998

"But enough already. (First printing of 750,000; film rights to Warner Bros.)"
Famous from the best-sellerdom of The Notebook (1996), Sparks sails again into the waters of many tears—though this time, thanks to fewness of charms in the writing and diminished reason to suspend disbelief, Kleenex sales are likely to remain stable. Read full book review >