Search Results: "Shan Sa"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL WHO PLAYED GO by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2003

"Intense, operatic personal tragedy magnified by Sa's sense of history and Eastern culture."
The China-born Sa, who arrived in France in 1990 as a late adolescent and writes in French, presents the first of her three novels to be translated into English. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER & ALESTRIA by Shan Sa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"The power of the author's previous historical fiction came largely from a meticulous sense of historical detail missing in this artifice, which never comes to mythological or fictional life."
Beijing-born novelist and painter Shan Sa (Empress, 2006, etc.) imagines the life of Alexander the Great in terms of his impassioned love affair with an Amazon warrior queen. Read full book review >

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EMPRESS by Shan Sa
by Shan Sa, translated by Adriana Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"A compelling read and surprisingly easy to follow, given its exotic complexity."
In sharp contrast to her tightly focused previous novel (The Girl Who Played Go, 2003), Shan Sa, the China-born French novelist and painter, has written a sweeping panoramic historical novel about the seventh century's Tang dynasty and China's only woman emperor. Read full book review >

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THE LEWTON EXPERIMENT by Rachel Sa
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"The romantic subplot is really shoehorned in, but it lightens the overall tone of this briskly paced mystery. (Light horror. 13-16)"
A budding journalist, almost 18, takes an internship at a small-town newspaper and discovers ugly doings afoot at the big-box store recently opened nearby. Read full book review >

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ZOM-B by Darren Shan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"A series opener to sink your teeth into. (Horror. 12-18)"
Shan's baaa-aaaack. Read full book review >

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THE THIN EXECUTIONER by Darren Shan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Heads roll at the start, but by the end, Shan reaches for the heartstrings. (Fantasy/horror. 10-14)"
When his father publicly shames him, Jebel Rum takes the brand of quester and seeks the blessing of the fire god to obtain strength and invincibility. Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT by Darren Shan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Gross-out horror fans will devour it and clamor for the next in the series. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The sequel to Shan's successful horror debut (not reviewed) is another guilty pleasure. Read full book review >

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LORD LOSS by Darren Shan
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This volume is the first in a new series, The Demonata. (Fantasy. YA)"
Any kid who has teased younger siblings with chants of "greasy, grimy, gopher guts" will feel right at home in this horror tale. Read full book review >

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GAFF by Shan Correa
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"A fascinating look at the United States most mainlanders have never seen. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Although not as tightly crafted as Graham Salisbury's stories, Correa's debut evokes the lush mélange of sights, sounds and smells in 13-year-old Paulie's multicultural neighborhood in Hawaii. Read full book review >

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VAMPIRE MOUNTAIN by Darren Shan
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Utter dreck; even the most devoted fans of the series will feel cheated. (Fiction. 11+)"
Angels and ministers of grace defend us! Read full book review >

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HELL'S HORIZON by Darren Shan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 5, 2011

"Chilly, grim and confusing, with not a sympathetic character in sight: Shan fans only need apply."
Second installment in Shan's fantasy urban noir series (Procession of the Dead, 2010) set in an unnamed city ruled by fearsome gangster The Cardinal. Read full book review >