Search Results: "S.P. Gates"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MONSTER IN THE MUDBALL by S.P. Gates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"Unfortunately, it's a little like watching mud dry; here's hoping future installments have more zip. (Adventure. 8-12)"
The first in the planned Artifact Inspector series offers readers an African folk tale set in contemporary London with a Chinese-English protagonist suffering from dyspraxia. Read full book review >

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DARKER ANGELS by S.P. Somtow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Knotty, dark, nasty in places, and cleverly constructed, but diffuse and lacking propellant."
More supernatural horror from Somtow (Vanitas, 1995, etc.), whose passion for splatterpunk effects have, thankfully, cooled of late. Read full book review >

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VANITAS by S.P. Somtow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Somtow wraps up his enlightened bloodsucker's career with all the gore and horror of a vegetarian vampire chomping on a beefsteak tomato."
Third—and, apparently, last—of Somtow's yarns (Valentine, 1992, etc.) about the rock star and 2,000-year-old eunuch adolescent vampire Timmy Valentine, who has bestowed his vampirehood upon Angel Todd in exchange for the latter's human soul. Read full book review >

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JASMINE NIGHTS by S.P. Somtow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Still, the novel succeeds as a poignant, piquant portrait of a boy and his world on the threshold of transformation."
A Thai coming-of-age tale mildly spiced with magic realism. Read full book review >

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VALENTINE by S.P. Somtow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Okay for existing vamps, but won't win many new fans."
Sequel to Somtow's 1985 paperback Vampire Junction: more lurid, appalling, spectacular bloodsucking from the splatterpunk author of The Shattered Horse (1986) and Moon Dance (1990). Read full book review >

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THE WIZARD'S APPRENTICE by S.P. Somtow
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Dragonflight'' series, by a mainstream SF author. (Fiction. 12+)"
It's Hollywood, with shrimp-and-avocado pizza for those bored with the plain old Thai barbecued-chicken kind. Read full book review >

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TAGGING THE MOON by S.P. Somtow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Creepy, nasty, and often disquieting: Somtow revels in aspects of the human psyche that most of us would rather not encounter."
Ten tales, nine from 1993-98 and one original, from the author of Darker Angels (1998), etc. Three are based overtly on familiar fairy tales: "Gingerbread" features Hansel and Gretel as abused children who fall into the clutches of a witch who's also a Hollywood madam. Read full book review >

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BRIGHAM’S DAY by John Gates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2000

"Newcomer Gates, a Utah native practicing law in Texas, turns a wonderfully jaundiced eye on the beauty and grotesqueries of his home state, and on the disquieting Mormon fringe culture that seems to hold it in an iron grip."
Atmospheric legal procedural that peers into the uninviting shadows cast by the Church of the Latter-day Saints on contemporary and historical Utah. Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE BILLBOARD by Susan Gates
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

Thirteen-year-old Firebird Tucker lives with her father, grandmother and twin brother in a swamp—a magical, spooky wilderness endangered by the growth of the nearby city and rising waters. Read full book review >

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Praying for Rain by Emma Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2014

"Romance, geopolitical instability and coming-of-age angst in a well-crafted tale."
The intricately plotted story of a love affair with both a man and a culture, and the painful lessons learned from each. Read full book review >

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DEMONS OF THE ISLANDS by Monica Ponder
Released: June 27, 2012

"Excessive jargon and a gigantic ensemble break the spell of this well-meaning fantasy novel."
The mystical exploits of Sheer'An and company continue in this fourth installment of Ponder's Cel'mystry series (The Only Road, 2011, etc.), which is the first to credit co-author Nash. Read full book review >