Search Results: "Phil Klay"


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REDEPLOYMENT by Phil Klay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A no-nonsense and informed reckoning with combat."
A sharp set of stories, the author's debut, about U.S. soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their aftermaths, with violence and gallows humor dealt out in equal measure. Read full book review >

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SNOW BEAST COMES TO PLAY by Phil Gosier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The lack of adventure and the pat, pedestrian resolution makes this an ineffective if well-intentioned appeal to get past the unreliability of first impressions. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Unfortunately for one disgruntled snow beast, there isn't a whole lot to do on the mountain aside from snoring or comparing relative foot size (big, bigger, biggest). Read full book review >

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PLAYING THE FIELD by Phil Bildner
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Too improbable for realism, not sharp enough for farce and simply unconvincing. (Fiction. YA)"
Implausible characterizations and motivations run through this high-school senior's first-person narration of a feud, a crush and making the boys' baseball team. Read full book review >

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SHOE DOG by Phil Knight
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Only for the most dedicated fans of the company. (Memoir. 12-16)"
A sanitized retrospective on the days before Nike was Nike. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER AND THE TIME MACHINE by Phil Scrima
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 26, 2013

"An often engaging sci-fi yarn about a journey to save the Earth that will continue in a planned sequel."
A man known only as the Stranger embarks on an adventure through time and space to save the Earth in Scrima's (From All Sides, 2011, etc.) sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

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TO DREAM OF THE DEAD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"As always, Rickman thrives on excess, but readers who take the plunge will enjoy the excellent company of Merrily, Jane, their beaux and DI Bliss (The Fabric of Sin, 2008, etc.)."
A 4,000-year-old archaeological treasure impedes a village's progress. Read full book review >

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MASK OF THE VERDOY by Phil Lecomber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An engrossing historical murder mystery."
In this first installment of a new mystery series set in Depression-era London, a private detective with a shadowy past goes up against fascists as he tries to solve a boy's murder. Read full book review >

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THE PRAYER OF THE NIGHT SHEPHERD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Rickman, a thinking reader's Elizabeth George, continues his traversal of Welsh superstitions, Church of England conundrums, and true-crime touchstones (The Lamp of the Wicked, 2003, etc.) with an added bonus for Sherlockians: an explanation of that Hound's genesis."
Myths, legends, a large black hound, and spiritual proof of a visitation from Conan Doyle occupy the country folk of Ledwardine. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"With brio and dash, Patton (Dreamland, 1998, etc.) charts the long strange trip of the little bug that became a grand cultural totem."
A peppy, perspicacious cultural history of the Volkswagen. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE LORD SPOKE by Phil Bowhay
Released: Aug. 21, 2008

"Lightly likable and none-too-substantive, but pleasant and nostalgic for the demographically similar."
A catchall collection of essays and reminiscences, topped off with some brief fiction, is a pleasant blast of '40s and '50s nostalgia. Read full book review >