Search Results: "Randall Ridings"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"An enthusiastic but unpolished epic fantasy."
Bounty hunter Draygon pursues a roguish sorcerer, Zekiel, across a magical land in Mullikin and Riding's ambitious epic-fantasy debut. Read full book review >

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INCOMMUNICADO by Randall Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Readers will respond to one girl's determination to do what's right during a dark time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Paranoia and racial tension ripple through coastal Oregon's Sea Park during the onset of World War II. Read full book review >

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HELLIE JONDOE by Randall Platt
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Irrepressible and irreverent. (Historical fiction. YA)"
New York City in 1918 is a tough place for an orphan girl, and Hellie (born Helena) survives by hanging with her brother Harry's gang, picking pockets and convincing everyone she's a boy. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO SHOOTS CROWS by Randall Silvis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Slow-moving and oppressively portentous, but Silvis (Disquiet Heart, 2002, etc.) worms his way so deep into Charlotte's weariness and despair that the horrific ending comes as almost a relief."
The disappearance of a 12-year-old boy flushes out all manner of secrets in the sleepy farm town of Belinda, Pa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Robinson eloquently urges the white world to accord the constitutions and laws of black countries the same sanctity it accords its own."
A fiery, disorganized and somewhat repetitive exposé of longstanding injustices toward Haiti perpetrated by a long list of colonial powers including France and, most recently, the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADA'S RULES by Alice Randall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Well-intentioned and readable, but very broadly drawn and often gratingly rah-rah."
A feisty middle-aged black woman sheds 70 pounds and rekindles the flame with her preacher husband. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 2003

"A personal fascination that never lifts off the page to engage either as history or as romance. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Randall, who grew up on Long Island's North Shore surrounded by the stately homes built during "the Gold Coast Era," offers an odd memoir of her experiences living in one of its remaining mansions. Read full book review >

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LET THE DEAD BURY THEIR DEAD by Randall Kenan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A wildly uneven but always original portrait of a southern community—and a stimulating collection of tales by a courageous and humorous author."
Kenan follows his first novel (Visitation of the Spirits, 1989) with a captivating, baroque history of fictional Tims Creek, North Carolina, whose citizens—both black and white—have experienced more than their share of unearthly wonders. Read full book review >

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THE DEBT by Randall Robinson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Robinson is not optimistic that his message will be heard, but if the nation is to endure honorably, candid debate must begin on his jeremiad, whether or not cash reparations result."
Robinson (Defending the Spirit, 1998), influential chief of the lobbying group TransAfrica, presents the long overdue bill, on behalf of America's blacks, for centuries of social and economic abuse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE DIVERS DARE by Randall Peffer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2016

"A nicely handled work that moves back and forth between the two narratives and provides suspense and also a sense of compassion for the victims."
A documentation of the sinking of the German U-550 on April 16, 1944, in the North Atlantic and the gutsy American crew of deep-sea divers who finally located it in 2012.Read full book review >

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DISQUIET HEART by Randall Silvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2002

"A less capable Poe than in On Night's Shore (2001), but a graphically described descent into his opiate addictions."
Immersed in melancholia and spirits since the death of his child-wife Sissie, Edgar Allan Poe is adrift in Philadelphia until his protégé, Augie Dubbins, 17, arrives with an invitation from Dr. Alfred K. Brunrichter, wealthy head of Pittsburgh's Quintillian Society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE B BOOK by Brian Randall
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Campy."
What to say about an elaborate picture book for adults? Read full book review >