Search Results: "R.A. Spratt"


BOOK REVIEW

NANNY PIGGINS AND THE WICKED PLAN by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Feisty, funny Nanny Piggins and her adoring charges will charm readers and listeners stateside, who'll be overjoyed there are five additional volumes already out Down Under. (Humor. 7-10)"
If Amelia Bedelia and Mary Poppins raised a piglet, Nanny Piggins...could surely beat that pig in a cake-eating contest. Read full book review >

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FRIDAY BARNES, UNDER SUSPICION by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode. (Mystery. 8-12)"
As in series opener Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (2016), instead of just one mystery, Friday confronts a series of strange happenings in her school, posh Highcrest Academy. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF NANNY PIGGINS by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Readers will demand swift release of the two sequels already out Down Under. (Animal fantasy. 7-12)"
Widower Mr. Green's a lawyer who helps the rich avoid taxes. Read full book review >

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FRIDAY BARNES, GIRL DETECTIVE by R.A. Spratt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun. (Mystery. 8-12)"
She's only 11, but she's smarter and better informed than most adults, and she's determined to solve mysteries for a living. Read full book review >

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PROMISE OF THE WITCH-KING by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"A formulaic, trite and derivative swords-and-sorcery fantasy that reads like a novelized Dungeons & Dragons adventure."
Dark elf Jarlaxle and human assassin Artemis Entreri are back with more inane banter and ostentatious swordplay in this sequel to Servant of the Shard (2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOOM by R.A. Sasaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"Quiet, elegiac writing that movingly celebrates the immigrant rite of passage—along with all its implicit heartaches and triumphs."
An accomplished first collection by a third-generation San Franciscan. Read full book review >

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LUTHIEN'S GAMBLE by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 1996

"Wretchedly derivative twaddle, aimed at readers who want maximum agitation with minimum cogitation."
Salvatore's second in a fantasy series begun with 1995's The Sword of Bedwyr (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE BELLY OF THE WOLF by R.A. MacAvoy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"Quiet, unpretentious, vivid, understated, succinct: an object lesson for other, more verbose fantasists in how to produce more from less, and how to write an appealing and gratifying trilogy by offering a self-contained story each time out."
The multi-talented lensmaker Nazhuret, now living in exile in Canton with his daughter Nahvah, learns that his old friend King Rudof of Velonya is dead—perhaps murdered. Read full book review >

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THE DEMON AWAKENS by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"This safe, cozy yarn with its thoroughly predictable plot, stock characters, and derivative backdrop will satisfy only the most juvenile and least demanding audience. (Author tour)"
Bulky new fantasy from the author The Dragon King (1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A decent history, but about as exciting as watching a turbine do its thing. (Forty b&w photos, 13 line illustrations.)"
A basic introduction to how technology has transformed human society and the earth. ``Technology is the study of human techniques for making and doing things,'' opens Buchanan (History of Technology/Univ. of Bath), setting the flat, factual tone for what is to follow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILD OF A MAD GOD by R.A. Salvatore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Enjoyable and addictive, flaws and all."
Salvatore kicks off a new fantasy sequence set in the world of Corona (Immortalis, 2003, etc.) but with only passing references to persons and events from previous adventures. Read full book review >