Search Results: "Oakley Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE QUEEN OF SPADES by Oakley Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Has Oakley Hall really been this good all along, and if so why isn't his fiction better known?"
The veteran author of such high-spirited realistic romances as The Bad Lands (1978), among others, moves in on Caleb Carr's territory with this colorful historical picaresque. Read full book review >

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AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE TREY OF PEARLS by Oakley Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"A lively period romp with particularly good work by Bierce and Tom en route to a surprising solution."
The course of women's votes never runs smooth in this fourth case for the peerlessly cynical San Francisco Examiner columnist (Ambrose Bierce and the One-Eyed Jacks, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE ONE-EYED JACKS by Oakley Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 27, 2003

"Veteran Hall (Ambrose Bierce and the Death of Kings, 2001, etc.) provides some nice 1891 flavor, but the result, as Hearst himself aptly sputters, is 'not Examiner journalism!'"
San Francisco Examiner columnist Ambrose Bierce may be a tough act to upstage, but here Hall finds a counterweight hiding in plain sight: heroically self-absorbed Examiner publisher William Randolph Hearst, whose current mistress, Winifred Sweet, is beset on two sides. Read full book review >

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AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE ACE OF SHOOTS by Oakley Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2005

"For all its snappy period color, Bierce's fifth, cluttered with motives and killers from past and present, isn't up to the high standard of his first four (Ambrose Bierce and the Trey of Pearls, 2003, etc.)."
Wild West intrigue threatens to overwhelm 1892 San Francisco, but not celebrity journalist Ambrose Bierce and his colleague and amanuensis Tom Redmond. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND WAR IN CALIFORNIA by Oakley Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"Old-fashioned storytelling by a peerless old pro for those who've half-forgotten why they love novels."
Hall (Ambrose Bierce and the Ace of Shoots, 2005, etc.) convincingly and vividly evokes war's sudden shattering of normalcy and a young man's subsequent struggle to fit some of the pieces back together. Read full book review >

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AMBROSE BIERCE AND THE DEATH OF KINGS by Oakley Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Though some of the parts are certainly entertaining—Hall is a vivid writer—the sum falls short."
In San Francisco's Palace Hotel a king lies dying. Read full book review >

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ANNIE OAKLEY by Shirl Kasper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"A bit wide of the mark but with a worthy enough target to warrant readers giving it a shot. (Thirty illustrations.)"
A fact-filled, if flatly executed, attempt to uncover the truth behind an American legend, by Kansas City Star reporter Kasper. Read full book review >

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DAEMON HALL by Andrew Nance
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"An unexpectedly optimistic ending concludes this gentle horror tale. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Famous author Ian Tremblin has chosen five teenagers to spend the night in his haunted mansion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOODY HALL by Natalie Babbitt
Released: April 15, 1971

"Another Delicious blend of style, wit and adventure."
A distinguished children's author has concocted a juvenile Gothic that is less a take-off than an affectionate dalliance with the convention. Read full book review >

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WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Masterfully written and researched but likely to appeal mainly to devotees of all things Tudor."
Exhaustive examination of the circumstances surrounding Henry VIII's schism-inducing marriage to Anne Boleyn. Read full book review >

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ARSENIO HALL by Norman King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"MPSLUGMISTER Stardust battles bad vibes from the critics and wins the moon. (Photos—not seen.)"
Another centimeter-deep celebio from King (Madonna, 1991; Everybody Loves Oprah!, 1987, etc.), and one with no research acknowledgements, pointing up King's failure to land an interview with Hall or anyone close to him. Read full book review >

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DEADLIGHT HALL by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2015

"Michael and Nell's fifth thriller is skillfully structured and packed with suspense."
Ghosts from World War II haunt a Victorian mansion. Read full book review >