Search Results: "Oakley Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 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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A ROMANTIC NOD TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
by Bobbi Dumas

As we close out March, I thought it would be a nice salute to women’s history month to focus on some great historical romance and some truly terrific romance heroines!

First off, I wanted to give a major shout-out to a debut novel that was released this week, Lisa Berne’s You May Kiss the Bride (which earned a starred review ...


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LOVE & LAUGHTER BY CHAPTERS
by Bobbi Dumas

I’ve written think pieces, essays, book reviews, blog posts, etc., etc., etc. on the amazing power of romance novels - how they make us feel better, uplift us, create community for many women (and some men), help us feel secure in a sometimes hostile world, and on and on and on.

I know not everyone agrees with me on this, but ...


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FAVORITES AND NEW DISCOVERIES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

As I prepare for another year to roll in, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and new discoveries from 2016.

Some of you may know this has been a bit of a tumultuous year for me, but I was blessed to travel to a number of conferences, including RT, RWA, Chicago North’s Spring Fling, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW


"A lively addition to that popular English subgenre, the academic novel: Oakley has fun with feminism and with her characters, but her situations and insights are largely passé."
A first novel by well-known feminist Oakley (Telling the Truth about Jerusalem, Taking it Like a Woman): an oddly dated academic satire about professors of either sex who have affairs and go to the library to find out what they mean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER AT MEDICINE LODGE by Mardi Oakley Medawar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 1999

"A dense, near-impenetrable forest of plots (large and small), a confusing parade of fussily described but unmemorable characters, and a suspense-less mystery—all make for the weakest of the author's work to date."
The year is 1867, and the Kiowahs, among other Indian tribes, are sending representatives to a meeting with US Government bigwigs and their soldier escort at Medicine Lodge, Oklahoma. Read full book review >