Search Results: "P.J. Haarsma"


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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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HOW THE HELL DID THIS HAPPEN? by P.J. O’Rourke
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"It's not Hunter S. Thompson, and O'Rourke has been funnier, lots funnier—but then again, it may just be that our current political situation is no laughing matter."
Tossed-off bons mots on "this obnoxious political spectacle, the election of 2016." Read full book review >

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OFF THE GRID by P.J. Tracy
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Despite the high body count, Tracy (Shoot to Thrill, 2010, etc.) seems to have taken something off her customary manic formula: The murders are much less florid than usual, and the regulars seem almost subdued."
Amazing but true: The Monkeewrench gang, that misfit quartet of lovable cybergeeks who moonlight as the nemesis of Twin Cities serial killers, actually gets upstaged by the Minneapolis Police Department. Read full book review >

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SHOOT TO THRILL by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 3, 2010

"The weakest of the gang's four adventures to date."
A serial killer who travels the nation—or is it a whole platoon of individual killers?—runs afoul of the Monkeewrench cyberteam when he (she? they?) claims a victim in the outfit's hometown of Minneapolis. Read full book review >

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SNOW BLIND by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2006

"Gripping and original set-up for the next Monkeewrench volume."
Twin City cops team up with a small-town female sheriff to track down a killer who is turning corpses into snowmen in this fourth thriller from the mother-daughter duo (Dead Run, 2005). Read full book review >

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DEAD RUN by P.J. Tracy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 2005

"A ruthlessly efficient straight-arrow tale that's a welcome change of pace for the Monkeewrench gang, even though both their peculiar talents and their even more peculiar personalities are seriously underemployed. "
The four misfit partners in the crime-gaming firm Monkeewrench, who usually specialize in serial killers (Live Bait, 2004, etc.), stumble onto something much more dangerous. Read full book review >

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I HATE WEDDINGS by P.J. Petersen
Released: April 1, 2000

"The characters, including the adults, are drawn in low but distinct relief, emotional issues are laid out without being overanalyzed, and readers will wince in sympathy as Dan finds himself in one embarrassing situation after another. (illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Previously met in I Hate Camping (1991) and I Hate Company (1994), young Dan goes from pillar to post when he's asked to be Best Man at his father's second wedding. Read full book review >

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WHITE WATER by P.J. Petersen
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"The book is a thrill ride—as the complications mount and a grittily determined Greg ingeniously responds to them, readers will come to admire him as much as James does. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Though similar in concept to Marion Dane Bauer's Face to Face (1991), this pulse-pounding adventure features characters who are considerably more likable. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 1991

"If nothing else, O'Rourke has well earned his place among American humorists as the cracked voice of rock-and-roll Republicanism."
Is there anything funny left to say about our government? Read full book review >