Search Results: "Samuel Valentino"


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THE SILVER RINGS by Samuel Valentino
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A charming, funny and engaging fairy tale that's sure to delight admirers of the classics."
Valentino offers an engaging fantasy that draws upon familiar fairy tales and the romantic mix-ups of Shakespeare's lighter comedies. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF by Serena Valentino
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Though unapologetically campy and an example of pop culture at its finest, Valentino's work is essential for those who are ruled by the moon. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
A glossy guide to the world of lycanthropy. Read full book review >

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WAGA'S BIG SCARE by Samuel Hiti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The ending may leave younger or more sensitive readers unsettled, so save this slim, adrenaline-fueled tale for those who crave a true, if ephemeral, fright. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Waga is a monster that is mean, tricky and possesses the "biggest scare." But when Waga loses that scare, the monster's very existence is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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THE BEAST WITHIN by Serena Valentino
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 22, 2014

"With clunky writing, an uninspired plot and unbelievably one-dimensional characters (including villains so absurd no one would fear them), this spinoff effort is disappointing at best. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, told from the Beast's perspective. Read full book review >

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RECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES by Ralph Valentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2009

"An entertaining, imaginative saga of people knocked way out of their comfort zones."
A hippie chick drags a middle-aged businessman into a cell of Euro-insurrectionaries in this Vietnam-era romantic thriller. Read full book review >

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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by Steve Samuel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2000

"High-tech gadgetry, low-grade storytelling: search in vain here for a hint of nuance."
A dismal debut thriller in which few, alas, have much use for the US government, especially those employed by it. Read full book review >

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CLÉMENTINE IN THE KITCHEN by Samuel Chamberlain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"In these present days of plenty, we imagine clogged arteries instead."
Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl includes this charming bit of nostalgia in her new "food series" (see below) partly because Chamberlain's "Clémentine"—his family's cuisiniere in prewar France—is such an "lovable and entertaining" character. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2008

"The chronology is often difficult to follow, but the author spins a dizzying, exhilarating tale of deception, duplicity and the search for personal identity."
The absorbing and often bewildering story of an imposter and thief, "a convicted fabulist who attempted again and again to impose the freaks of his imagination on the world around him." Read full book review >