Search Results: "Sean McMeekin"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Though the book is mostly of specialist interest, it is vigorous and accessible and helps explain some of what's going on in today's headlines."
Thought-provoking historical study of the closing years of the Ottoman Empire and the concurrent rise of the modern Middle East. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Sean McMeekin
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"McMeekin effectively shows how easily one man could undermine the foundations of a nation, and he makes the revolution comprehensible as he exposes the deviousness of its leader."
A fresh history of the revolution "as a concrete historical event—controversial and significant in its lasting impact on world politics, but also worth understanding on its own terms, unmediated by our current prejudices." Read full book review >

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JULY 1914 by Sean McMeekin
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2013

"Tuchman remains irresistible, and David Fromkin's Europe's Last Summer (2004) is the best modern history, but McMeekin delivers a gripping, almost day-by-day chronicle of the increasingly frantic maneuvers of European civilian leaders who mostly didn't want war and military leaders who had less objection."
McMeekin (History/Koç Univ.; The Russian Origins of the First World War, 2011, etc.) treads familiar ground but delivers a thoroughly rewarding account that spares no nation regarding the causes of World War I, although Germany receives more than its share of blame. Read full book review >

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FADE TO BLUE by Sean Beaudoin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"This lack of convention is not necessarily a bad thing, but will definitely require patient readers who are content to be left with more questions than answers. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Stellar wit and a thrilling pace become mired in complicated plotting in this promising but at times frustrating effort. Read full book review >

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SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >

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THE INFECTS by Sean Beaudoin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Gory horror that thinks nihilist incoherence is the same thing as edgy. It's wrong. (Horror. 15-17)"
A court-mandated hike becomes zombie flick, laden with 1980s pop-culture references. Read full book review >

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POLTERGEEKS by Sean Cummings
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Passable escapist reading for witchcraft fans in search of something light. (Urban fantasy. 12-16)"
An eager teen witch discovers the supernatural world is more dangerous than she ever imagined. Read full book review >

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BROTHER/SISTER by Sean Olin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 9, 2011

"As soon as the first unfortunate skull is cracked open, they'll be catapulted head first into a world so ridiculously twisted that they won't know what hit them. (Horror. 14 & up)"
When Ashley and Will's violently drunk-ass mom is institutionalized by her strange, stoner boyfriend for the umpteenth time, the two siblings are left to fend for themselves. Read full book review >

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GOING NOWHERE FASTER by Sean Beaudoin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2007

"Vivid characters and bursts of genuine humor notwithstanding, an uneventful storyline prevents this first novel from gaining any real traction. (Fiction. YA)"
A self-absorbed underachiever drifts through typical teen issues before arriving at a pat resolution. Read full book review >