Search Results: "Quentin Bates"


BOOK REVIEW

COLD COMFORT by Quentin Bates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"More routine than Gunna's debut (Frozen Assets, 2011), but still required reading for anyone who wants a sense of how calamitous Iceland's meltdown was—and what just might be in store for American police procedurals next."
Iceland's financial crisis claims new casualties in venues considerably more homely than banks and corporate offices. Read full book review >

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FROZEN ASSETS by Quentin Bates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Though Bates is English-born, his blistering debut reads more like an American procedural than the British product, right down to a denouement as acridly unsatisfying as today's headlines."
Corporate and official malfeasance make police work just as hot in Iceland as anywhere else on earth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2008

"For a far more compelling dissection of Tarantino and his contemporaries, see Sharon Waxman's excellent Rebels on the Backlot (2005), which offers three vital qualities sorely lacking here: access, context and insight."
Super-uncool biography of the supercool filmmaker. Read full book review >

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SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A bestseller in England making its U.S. debut, Jónasson's whodunit puts a lively, sophisticated spin on the Agatha Christie model, taking it down intriguing dark alleys."
In the isolated Icelandic fishing village of Siglufjörður, a rookie cop newly transplanted from Reykjavík has his mettle tested by the claustrophobic conditions—and a murder. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN TARANTINO by Jami Bernard
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Perhaps Tarantino will one day merit a biography; it certainly won't be this one. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A premature biography, shallow and uninspired. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN BLAKE'S MAGICAL TALES by John Yeoman
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"The pictures, full-page color and vignettes in black-and-white wash, are full of spirit and energy, their vivacious line drawing the eye again and again—the stories, however, may not be such a draw. (Folktales. 8-12)"
Quentin Blake's magical, whimsical illustrations are the best raison d'être for this eclectic and unsourced collection of stories. Read full book review >

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MEET POSY BATES by Helen Cresswell
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-9)"
A disappointing early chapter book from a gifted humorist (the popular Bagthorpe books, etc). Read full book review >

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QUENTIN FENTON HERTER III by Amy MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2002

"Not to mention the laughter that readers will shower down upon them. (Picture book. 4-8)"
MacDonald's (No More Nasty, 2001, etc.) dazzling verse, clever as Scheherazade, is a beautiful choreography of words. Read full book review >

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POSY BATES, AGAIN! by Helen Cresswell
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A mid-incident conclusion signifies more to come; it will be welcome. (Fiction. 5-10)"
In a second, funnier, appearance, the heroine of Meet Posy Bates (1991) is still as irrepressible as King-Smith's Sophie, with the difference that, where Sophie's determination leads to success, Posy's schemes (despite blameless intentions) land her in hot water. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Murder at San Quentin by Edward George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 2015

"A novel glimpse behind the scenes of an incarceration facility during a radical period in American history."
George (The Bishop's Folly, 2014, etc.) offers a memoir about his time spent working at an infamous California prison. Read full book review >

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QUENTIN AND FLORA by Chip Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2014

"Adds to the literature on the Roosevelts and Whitneys, but the father-son relationship holds more interest than the romance."
This dual biography recounts the lives and doomed courtship of Quentin Roosevelt, youngest son of Theodore, and Flora Payne Whitney. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"A cryptic exploration into the avowedly subjective, murky terrain called biography, with occasional lyrical insights."
An intriguing hybrid: part biography, part creative interrogation/reimagination of the life of an elusive Irishwoman who lived among the Aborigines in the Australian outback during the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >