Search Results: "Robert Cormier"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Emblematic though they are, Cormier's characters have a vigor and authenticity surpassing creations of less accomplished authors of more realistic fiction. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1995

"The author goes easier on his characters (and readers) than in some of his books (Tunes for Bears to Dance To, 1992, etc.), but still poses an array of tough moral choices, offering neither clear answers nor a neat ending. (Fiction. 12+)"
Cormier again takes on The Big Themes—love and hate, death, sin, guilt and expiation—in this riveting tale of a son increasingly involved in his father's tragedy. Read full book review >

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WE ALL FALL DOWN by Robert Cormier
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The author expertly twists both plot and characters in this shocking study of the effects of random violence; as usual for Cormier, failure and defeat are deeply felt, while victories, at best, are costly and ambiguous. (Fiction. YA)"
Again, the inimitable Cormier luridly explores the fouler corners of our spiritual attics. Read full book review >

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I AM THE CHEESE by Robert Cormier
Released: May 1, 1977

"The denouement seals the accelerating dread, with recollections of gentle domesticity and even some high school humor adding a mite more candle power to light this bike-ride through a twilight zone."
A competent, free-form little chiller that pedals you into the implausible before you can say "Cheese it! the Mafia!"—a Mafia whose sinister masterminds, along with the CIA, can fracture a young boy's life. Read full book review >

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TENDERNESS by Robert Cormier
Released: April 1, 1997

"Almost everyone here is a victim; one is a monster. (Fiction. 12+)"
A serial killer; an aging cop with a hunch; an impulsive 15-year-old runaway: Three familiar characters are spun by a master of suspense into another disturbing study in emotional dysfunction. Read full book review >

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FADE by Robert Cormier
Released: Sept. 1, 1988

"Setting, structure, and characters are woven together in shifting, complex patterns as Paul finds out that the Fade is a terrible burden, capable of doing more harm than good: Cormier has once again produced a profoundly disturbing, finely crafted gem that's hard, cold, and brilliant."
Young Paul Moreaux discovers that he's inherited the ability to disappear at will, and what might have been at least partly a blessing in the hands of another author is in Cormier's hands an unalloyed curse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1965

"Some bathos at times, but the boozy bitterness of an old man is vivid and touching."
The aching verities of a past forever lost are almost too painful to bear in this passionate recording of the pathetic odyssey of an old man. Read full book review >

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THE RAG AND BONE SHOP by Robert Cormier
FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"Chilling. (Fiction. YA)"
The late Cormier's final work is a tense thriller exploring how confession affects those who give it and those who get it. Read full book review >

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HEROES by Robert Cormier
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"More a deliberately constructed intellectual exercise on the ambiguities of heroism than a story with flesh and blood characters—and, surprising for this author, spelled out as such—this will disappoint readers hoping for another Tenderness. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Cormier (Tenderness, 1997, etc.) again poses a set of chewy moral dilemmas, but he develops them within a sketchy plot more suited to the short-story form. Read full book review >

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THE BUMBLEBEE FLIES ANYWAY by Robert Cormier
Released: Sept. 15, 1983

"All in all the novel hasn't the consuming, focused tension of previous Cormier YAs, but that is not to deny its crisp, sure craftsmanship, suggestive applications, and holding power."
"The bumblebee flies anyway"—and so too the life-sized model car, which Barney finds and dismantles in a nearby junkyard to reassemble in the attic, will ride. . . straight off the roof of The Complex, the institution where terminally ill teens are receiving experimental treatment. Read full book review >

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8 PLUS 1 by Robert Cormier
Released: Sept. 1, 1980

"In the case of the amusement park ride, the real experience seems more subtle and affecting than the story that was made of it."
Fans of Cormier's gripping, dimensional thrillers will be disappointed with this collection of nine tepidly sentimental stories. Read full book review >