Search Results: "Randy Kyle Hachtel"


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My God by Randy Kyle Hachtel
Released: March 25, 2013

"A compelling autobiographical ramble featuring a unique spiritual vision."
In his debut autobiography, Hachtel, a West Texas survivor of the Permian Basin oil bust, relates his encounter with a feminine God. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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Darkness & Light by Kyle Hoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2015

"A bold myth with solid worldbuilding, hampered by weak characters and a conclusion that's more like likely to irritate than tantalize readers."
A sweeping fantasy epic that combines magic and mysticism with space exploration and high drama, set amid a primal struggle between Darkness and Light. Read full book review >

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THE SLIDE by Kyle Beachy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"An intriguing but ultimately baffling rumination on looming adulthood."
A young graduate meditates on his future and agonizes over his absent girlfriend during a long hot summer in St. Louis. Read full book review >

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THE DIVINE MADNESS OF PHILIP K. DICK by Kyle Arnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"An inquiry into the SF master's mind that will interest only the most devoted of Dick's fans."
Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) sits on the couch for some deep analysis. Read full book review >

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SPHERE OF INFLUENCE by Kyle Mills
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A technothriller without the hardware."
A CIA plot involving Afghan terrorists unsurprisingly blows up, requiring FBI solutions and assistance from an ethical and pleasant narco-trafficker. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND HORSEMAN by Kyle Mills
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Vale's mordant wit is refreshing, but the double-crosses and final outcome are predictable, and the plot more far-fetched than frightening."
An ex-con and a partner race to head off a nuclear Armageddon in this thriller from Mills (Fade, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS CAROLINE by Kyle Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"The Scrooge is the same, but the message is muffled."
A chick-lit tweak of the Dickens classic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A compassionate celebration of the human spirit that doesn't gloss over tough realities."
Freelance sportswriter and motivational speaker Garlett (What Were They Thinking?: The Brainless Blunders that Changed Sports History, 2009, etc.) writes with humor and brutal honesty about his 17-year battle to defeat cancer. Read full book review >