Search Results: "Rae Carson"


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WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The tepid, resolution-free ending beckons potential sequels. (author's note, dramatis personae) (Historical fantasy. 12-14)"
Acclaimed for her fantasy, Carson now travels the Old West. Read full book review >

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THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A smashing ending to a trilogy that began with problematic body hatred but developed into the stellar journey of a girl who would be queen. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
A queen can defeat the conde who stole her throne, but it means nothing if her land is destroyed by fire-throwing invaders. Read full book review >

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THE CROWN OF EMBERS by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Though this series entry moves somewhat slowly, newly discovered mysteries about this fantasyland's history—not to mention the torments of unresolved sexual tension—will have readers clamoring for volume three. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Intelligent and thoughtful Elisa must negotiate diplomacy, religion and personal desire. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Despite the stale fat-to-curvy pattern, compelling world building with a Southern European, pseudo-Christian feel, reminiscent of Naomi Kritzer's Fires of the Faithful (2002), keeps this entry fresh. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Adventure drags our heroine all over the map of fantasyland while giving her the opportunity to use her smarts. Read full book review >

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LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Another indulgence in a Western narrative that undermines both history and its female protagonist instead of enlightening. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The middle volume of Carson's Gold Seer trilogy. Read full book review >

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DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as enthralling spectacle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viewers follow the unfurling of an exotic woodland plant through the actions and invented language of beautifully coiffed and clothed insects. Read full book review >

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JON FOX AND THE MONSTER OF THE POND by Carson Steil
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2011

"The author and software designer show glimmers of creativity, but their learning curves are clearly still on the upswing. (iPad storybook app. 5-7)"
Another app not ready for prime time, featuring a perfunctory story tricked out in a sparse assortment of crudely designed animations and touch-activated effects. Read full book review >

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HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ellis, known for her illustrations for Colin Meloy's Wildwood series, here riffs on the concept of "home." Read full book review >

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AN ORESTEIA by Anne Carson
adapted by Anne Carson, translated by Anne Carson
Released: March 24, 2009

"It's a great narrative, whose savage grandeur holds an undiminished power to enthrall. But is Carson's unconventional conflation of its components indeed 'an Oresteia' for our time? That's another story."
The versatile poet and scholar breaks new ground by retelling an old story—the classical tragedy of the House of Atreus, as dramatized by the three greatest tragedians of Athens's Golden Age. Read full book review >

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED by Anne Carson
Released: April 14, 1998

"Fans of Guy Davenport's dense fictions will appreciate Carson's innovative style, which shouldn't be confused with, say, Vikram Seth's more formal and transparent verse novel."
From the fragmentary remains of the sixth-century B.C. Greek poet Stesichoros, Carson (a McGill classics professor) fashions a contemporary tale of "identity memory eternity," a postmodern extrapolation that blurs the distinction between the figural and literal. Read full book review >

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THE BOXFORD STORIES by Kristen Carson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A memorable collection that, although occasionally predictable, sheds light on a little-explored section of America."
In this debut collection of short stories, Carson explores the daily lives, loves and frustrations of two tight-knit Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SEA-WIND by Rachel Carson
Released: Nov. 1, 1941

"And there is special emphasis on skimmers, sandpipers, the life span of mackerel and the eel."
Ten years of experience in studies of ocean life are objectively translated into a sort of composite marine portrait, — a book for the Donald Culross Peattie market rather than the Beebe market. Read full book review >