Search Results: "Ryan M. James"


BOOK REVIEW

FORBIDDEN by Syrie James
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Lightweight, but the story has some thrills, and the aforementioned genre addicts will enjoy it. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Yet another paranormal romance, this time with an assortment of angels in a chick-lit setting, that will appeal to those addicted to the genre if few others. Read full book review >

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SEEDS OF DOUBT by James Ryan
Released: Aug. 15, 2002

"A very rich tale—simply narrated, without melodrama or sentimentality—of domestic pain and family strife."
Irish novelist Ryan's first US publication is a fine, evocative story of loss and remembrance. Read full book review >

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JESUS JACKSON by James Ryan Daley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Smart and sweet, comforting and moving. (Fiction. 12-16)"
When high school football hero Ryan Stiles is found dead at the bottom of a ravine, the only person not consumed by grief is his younger brother. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE’S STORYBOOK by Patrick Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A lovely supplement to the Shakespeare oeuvre. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Seven folktales are presented to the reader as having influenced Shakespeare in the writing of The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Winter's Tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAW OF SUPERHEROES by James Daily
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"Witty on the Web, ponderous on the page."
The creators of the popular website lawandthemultiverse.com expand the concept into a book-length exploration of tricky legal issues faced by comic-book heroes and villains. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A valuable book for readers hoping to make sense of the strangest election in memory."
An update of the author's 1996 book, We're Right, They're Wrong, delivered with his signature passion and earthiness. Read full book review >

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WE COME IN PIECES
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Of Jenny and the Aliens by Ryan Gebhart

Cover Story: Emoji Rebus
BFF Charm: Nay
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Boy Brain
Bonus Factor: Aliens
Relationship Status: Look Me Up in a Decade or Two

Cover Story: Emoji Rebus

Did you know that the red-haired girl emoji was named Jenny? Me neither.

The Deal:

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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 1982

"Less than compulsive reading—but a valuable book to have around."
Princeton historian McPherson has produced what is unapologetically—in heft, in physical design, in the use of myriad headings and subheadings—a high-class undergraduate textbook. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A thoughtfully and clearly constructed offering that will appeal to history buffs young and old and a must for any Civil War history collection. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Two percent of the whole population—620,000 soldiers—died in the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMBATTLED REBEL by James M. McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A fair-handed treatment from a towering historian and sterling writer."
A seasoned Civil War historian examines the beleaguered president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ENCHANTED ISLE by James M. Cain
Released: Nov. 5, 1985

"A sorry hash of mellerdrama clich‚s and murky socio-sexual pathology—without the solid dialogue and sporadic stylishness that made Cloud Nine at least half-readable."
Another posthumous-publication mistake: if Cloud Nine (1984) was an unpleasant, implausible curiosity, this second retrieval from Cain's apparent dotage (he died in 1977, at 85) is sheer embarrassment all around. Read full book review >

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DRAGONFRIGATE WIZARD HALCYON BLITHE by James M. Ward
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"Not as fully realized as Naomi Novik's recent nautical fantasies featuring dragons (Black Powder War, etc., not reviewed), this series will best suit a younger audience, but it could charm anyone looking for an undemanding tale of magic."
Second installment in a series about a Hornblower-esque teen wizard's ascendance up the naval hierarchy. Read full book review >