Search Results: "P.J. Haarsma"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"A pulpy (if disorganized) reward for those who have made it this far. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
JT's journey through the unpleasant Rings of Orbis finally starts to come together into a coherent narrative (Betrayal on Orbis 2, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SOFTWIRE by P.J. Haarsma
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A potentially compelling space mystery marred by inept prose and a muddled narrative. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
JT Turnbull and 200 children are about to land on the interstellar multi-species commerce hub of Orbis. Read full book review >

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THE SOFTWIRE by PJ Haarsma
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Johnny's friends and sister serve primarily as set dressing, the prose is clunky and the plot illogical; these flaws notwithstanding, this volume's not a bad way to kill some time between stronger works. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
In this disjointed sequel (The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1, 2006), Johnny and his young shipmates have new indentured positions in the alien community of Orbis feeding a pair of Samirans, massive whale-like creatures who are necessary for the financial well-being of Orbis. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO FELL OFF THE <i>MAYFLOWER</i>, OR JOHN HOWLAND'S GOOD FORTUNE by P.J. Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Sweeping and grand, this personal take on a familiar story is an engaging success. (bibliography, author's note) (Picture book. 6-14)"
A much-longer-than-typical picture book about the Mayflower's first landing in America and its aftermath, told through the eyes of one of its passengers. Read full book review >

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MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A decent sophomore dig that won't require heavy excavation. (glossary, notes) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Combatting the god of chaos as he siphons every last drop of light from the sun is a prime excuse for skipping science camp. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE by P.J. Hoover
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A pyramid history buffs and fantasy fans will delight in excavating. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Being an immortal 14-year-old pharaoh isn't all scepters and servants; there's also the overthrowing of a homicidal cult—and finishing one's homework. Read full book review >

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SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 18, 2013

"Generic, unthreatening, popcorn summer reading; ideal for those readers looking for more of exactly the same. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This steamy apocalyptic-fantasy-romance novel reads like the product of a committee formed specifically to design a YA best-seller. Read full book review >

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HOLIDAYS IN HECK by P.J. O’Rourke
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Red meat for his fans, unlikely to convert new ones."
The prolific cultural commentator offers a miscellany of (mostly) travel pieces, a follow-up of sorts to his collection of war journalism, Holidays in Hell (1988). Read full book review >

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WILD RIVER by P.J. Petersen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 9, 2009

"Particularly recommended for those readers not quite ready for Gary Paulsen's The River (1991) but still eager for realistic thrills. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ryan would be the first to tell you that he didn't want to go at all. Read full book review >

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DARK OF THE MOON by P.J. Parrish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Clumsy prose, stereotyped people—and a first novelist who has to learn that in plotting the twist is better than the wrench."
An overwrought debut thriller set in the not-quite-ready-to-be-new South. Read full book review >

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EAT THE RICH by P.J. O’Rourke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1998

"It's all selective blarney, of course, and a funny, pungent paean to the glory of free enterprise as well. (First printing, 150,00; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
America's leading right-wing humorist (not a very crowded field, admittedly) turns to that dismal science, economics. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"You don't have to share his peculiar, right-wing politics to love his fuel-injected prose—but it helps."
Flush with the success of his gonzo attack on big government- -last year's Parliament of Whores—the self-proclaimed ``Republican Party Reptile'' here collects his recent articles, mostly from Rolling Stone and The American Spectator. Read full book review >