Search Results: "Robert Arellano"


BOOK REVIEW

FAST EDDIE, KING OF THE BEES by Robert Arellano
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Arellano has talent, but the many reminders that he's read lots of books fail to save his prose. Even more distressing is the thought that his predictions might somehow prove right."
Holy hybrid! In blending Oliver Twist, A Clockwork Orange, and many recognizable others into a vision of far-off America, first-timer Arellano guesses at the language of the future, but ends up sounding more like the Boy Wonder in epileptic seizure. Read full book review >

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CURSE THE NAMES by Robert Arellano
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"Arellano (Fast Eddie, King of the Bees, 2001, etc.) pulls off the not-inconsiderable feat of making the disintegration of his hero more compelling than the end of the world as we know it."
A Los Alamos journalist whose cushy lifestyle is already perilously self-destructive stumbles onto a monstrous secret just as toxic to the rest of the world as it is to him personally. Read full book review >

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HAVANA LIBRE by Robert Arellano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"This novel is rich in atmosphere and political critique; if only they had been more seamlessly woven into the meat of the story."
At the behest of Castro's government, a Cuban doctor is sent to Miami in 1997 to find out who has been sponsoring a series of terrorist bombings in Havana in this new novel by Arellano (Havana Lunar, 2009, etc.) Read full book review >

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TACO USA by Gustavo Arellano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2012

"Mission accomplished. Readers will come away not only hungry, but with a deeper understanding of the Mexican people and their cuisine."
An appealing cultural exploration of Mexican food in the United States. Read full book review >

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ORANGE COUNTY by Gustavo Arellano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A youthful, likable, irrepressible voice for the new Promised Land."
Jazzy, energetic work by Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!, 2007, etc.), who alternately builds and deconstructs the mythology of the southern California county he calls home—as do lots of other Mexican-Americans, immigrants legal and illegal, and rich white Republicans. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"One romping celebration of boyhood to read again and again. (Picture book. 3-8)"
"What are little boys made of?" In Neubecker's hands, the answer is a whole lot of fun! Read full book review >

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WOW!  OCEAN! by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2011

"This ideal post-aquarium-visit souvenir has similar child appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The excitement of the ocean world from the beach to the deep and all between is conveyed by the jam-packed illustrations in this celebration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOW! SCHOOL! by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"As a celebration of that nearly universal experience, the first day of school, it is nothing other than perfect. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Having conquered New York City and the rest of the United States (Wow! Read full book review >

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UH-OH, LEONARDO! by Robert Sabuda
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The mix of fact and fiction is less smooth, but in pace and general tone this resembles the Time Warp Trio series and readers with a yen to tinker will find kindred spirits in both Providence and the insatiably curious polymath after whom she's modeled herself. (afterword) (Picture book. 8-10)"
Sabuda (The Night Before Christmas, not reviewed, etc.) takes an uncharacteristic direction with this freewheeling tale of a young inventor cast back to the time of her hero, Leonardo Da Vinci. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GORDIMER BYRD’S REMINDER by Robert Weinstock
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A quiet treasure for a quiet reader. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Delicate, pale pictures and finely crafted language show an offbeat life tinged with sadness. Read full book review >