Search Results: "Raymond Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

RAYMOND by Yann Le Bec
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"What makes it all worthwhile? Getting 'your ears scratched in just the right place.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
A dog explores a career in journalism, then decides there are better things (for a dog) to do. Read full book review >

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NEVER DREAM OF DYING by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Flaccid prose and creaky dialogue no worse than Fleming's. Benson seems to have hit his stride in this, his liveliest and nastiest Bond book yet."
After wobbly attempts to meld the quipping movie Bonds with the brooding British knight of the John Gardner stories, Benson brings the ageless superspy back to his Eurotrash roots—the French Riviera and the casino at Monte Carlo. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE SHOT by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nifty bullfighting scenes do not redeem an otherwise cliché-cluttered narrative. For die-hard fans only."
The creakiest exercise yet in American Bond fan Benson's postmodern resurrection of Ian Fleming's peerless killer spy, has an embarrassingly witless 007 going rogue to fight a dastardly multinational crime cartel. Read full book review >

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SWEETIE’S DIAMONDS by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 20, 2006

"Can you imagine a nun advocating a withdrawal of life support? Newcomer Benson can, and that's the least of his inanities. Skippable and then some."
Meet my mom, the porn star. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2002

"Benson's prose is as limp as ever ('Tokyo lay before him, a sprawling, metropolitan machine')—but for mindless escapism, Bond suffices when nothing else will."
James Bond, British Intelligence's immortal action hero, returns to Japan to stop a Mishima-quoting crimelord whose killer mosquitoes threaten to disrupt a G8 conference, and worse. Read full book review >

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ZERO MINUS TEN by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1997

The author of The James Bond Bedside Companion (not reviewed) pits Agent 007 against worthy Pacific Basin opponents in a more than serviceable first thriller that could give Ian Fleming's ultracool hero yet another new lease on life. Read full book review >

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THE FACTS OF DEATH by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 1998

"A postmodern treat for fans and newcomers that lovingly, if not ironically, duplicates a formula so familiar that originality would be sacrilege. (First serial rights to Playboy)"
The fate of the world, and James Bond, are in capable hands in this second 007 adventure from Benson (Zero Minus Ten, 1997). Read full book review >

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RAYMOND CARVER by Carol Sklenicka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 2009

"The epic biography that Carver deserves."
A rich portrait of a master of the American short story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAYMOND CHANDLER by Tom Hiney
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Hiney ends up nibbling around the edges of Chandler's life and work, as if he'd bitten off more than he could chew. (illustrations, not seen)"
A disappointing new biography of the nonpareil hardboiled writer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An enlightening peek behind the curtain for Nancy Drew fans. (timeline, publication list, glossary, endnotes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
"There is no Carolyn Keene. There never was." But as the author of 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries, Mildred Wirt Benson came closer than anyone else. Read full book review >

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RAYMOND AND GRAHAM by Mike Knudson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2010

"Knudson's focus on sports adds some flair to a series that is already winning fans and providing enjoyment for third- and fourth-grade readers who like the slightly larger-than-usual font, the short chapters and Curtis's appealing illustrations. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Best friends Raymond and Graham bring their usual antics to the game of baseball in their annual attempt to win the Millcreek Little League Championship (Raymond and Graham Rule the School, 2009). Read full book review >