Search Results: "Sheldon Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HANGING OF SAMUEL ASH by Sheldon Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Gritty, Hemingway-reading outsider Hook makes a most engaging hero. His fourth big case (Dead Man's Tunnel, 2012, etc.) has a Dickensian feel, both in its colorful supporting cast and its numerous and welcome digressions."
A tough railroad detective won't let a dead war hero be buried without a proper investigation of his killing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INSANE TRAIN by Sheldon Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Train buffs and fans of the 1940s will be satisfied, particularly by the depiction of the hobo brotherhood, but the sketchy plot may disappoint mystery aficionados."
A one-armed railroad-security agent's troubleshooting branches out into new territory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YARD DOG by Sheldon Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"As a mystery, Russell's (Dreams to Dust, 2006, etc.) moody story misses the forest for the historical trees, but readers engrossed in the mid-1940s world he evokes won't mind."
Murder near an Oklahoma POW camp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD MAN'S TUNNEL by Sheldon Russell
Released: June 19, 2012

"One could not hope to find a droller guide through the '40s or a more ardent dispenser of train knowledge than Hook (The Insane Train, 2010, etc.). And if a slightly rickety plot doesn't quite live up to the atmosphere and characters, so be it."
Why would a man stand in a tunnel with a train speeding down a 3 percent grade at him? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A fine offering for would-be explorers. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Lifelong naturalist William Beebe is most famous for his record-breaking deep-sea dive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BARNUM BROWN: DINOSAUR HUNTER by David Sheldon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Meaty afterword too, plus address and reading lists. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Paying tribute to the renowned paleontologist who discovered T. Rex, Sheldon pairs a simply written text rich in specific detail to painted scenes of spectral prehistoric beasts rearing up behind a nerdy, dapper gent who is, usually, standing in some dusty locale and staring distractedly through wire-rimmed glasses at likely looking rock formations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Zodiac (Book 1) by Romina Russell

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale:
 3
Talky Talk: Exposition Overload
Bonus Factor:
 Zodiac
Bonus/Anti-Bonus Factor: Houses
Relationship Status: First Date Fizzle

 

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque

This reminds me of the artwork for many a scientific docu-series: neat to look at, but ...


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BOOK REVIEW

I CONQUER BRITAIN by Dyan Sheldon
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Light and funny, Sheldon's characters are smart, offbeat and completely real. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this companion novel to Sophie Pitt-Turnbull Discovers America (2005), Cherokee Salamanca travels to England from her home in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CRAZY THINGS GIRLS DO FOR LOVE by Dyan Sheldon
FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"Plenty of witty merriment for all high-school social sets. (Chick-lit comedy. 12-18)"
Superior comic writing combined with a major snark factor turns this full-on chick-lit outing into major fun. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Rendezvous in Baghdad by Ben Sheldon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"An inconsistent protagonist hinders an otherwise convincing tale of a country and its people enduring civil unrest."
Sheldon's (Dragula, 2004) latest thriller tells of an Air Force colonel, whose deployment to Italy sets off an act of retribution against a priest—who happens to be the new pope. Read full book review >