Search Results: "S.P. Nash"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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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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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THE HIGH-SKIES ADVENTURES OF BLUE JAY THE PIRATE by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An imaginative premise, fledged in showy if sometimes overdecorated finery. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A corvid catastrophe threatens swashbuckling Blue Jay and his mixed avian crew after a treetop shipwreck leaves them to the tender mercies of a murder of crows. Read full book review >

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MADE IN CHINA by Deborah Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"For a (somewhat) less superficial answer to the dragon's riddle, with similar glimpses into Chinese life, stick with Ying Chang Compestine's Story of Paper (2003), or conventional nonfiction. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Using cut-paper figures in, or at least reminiscent of, traditional styles, Nash lights briefly on Chinese history, folklore, culture, and geography. Read full book review >

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TUFF FLUFF by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Neither these pictures nor the overlong narrative capture the snappy tone of David Wisniewski's Tough Cookie (1999), Margie Palatini's Web Files (2001), or similar takeoffs, but still young readers will never regard their castoff beanie babies in quite the same light again. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Illustrator Nash flies solo with a plush-boiled whodunit set amidst the shadowed cardboard cartons of "Los Attic." Read full book review >

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UNCIVIL RIGHTS by Nash Candelaria
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Ultimately, Candelaria's soulless Anglos bear about as much relation to reality as the noble Latinos they oppress."
A second collection, mostly set among the Chicanos of the American Southwest. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2003

"A smoothly detailed study of one shady man—an exploiter and murder suspect who drove his meal ticket to the grave—and not even praiseworthy for his business acumen."
Colonel Parker: con man, impresario, criminal—though perhaps best summed up by his military discharge report, "Psychosis, Psychogenic Depression, acute, on basis of Constitutional Psychopathic State, Emotional Instability." Read full book review >

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RAISING ABEL by Carolyn Nash
Released: Nov. 5, 2011

"A sobering but uplifting tale of love that never gives up; dramatically told, ultimately rewarding."
A woman of remarkable resourcefulness single-handedly raises a troubled child all the way to manhood in this intimate and inspiring blog-to-book memoir. Read full book review >

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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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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 >