Search Results: "Siân Reynolds"


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APOCALYPSE BABY by Virginie Despentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"Powerful and empowered to a point, but this could have used sharper editing."
Structured like a classic noir, this French novel exposes the rotten core of contemporary European society through the perspectives of several female characters. Read full book review >

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BED OF NAILS by Antonin Varenne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Varenne creates characters more compelling than his plot. Readers who hang in till the final page, however, will be rewarded with an almost unbearably sad ending."
Verenne's seamy debut takes you on a tour of the parts of Paris most tourists never see. Lucky them. Read full book review >

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BYE BYE BLONDIE by Virginie Despentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Shockingly anodyne work from a writer notorious for her power to shock."
Misspent youth and the possibility of a second chance from the French author of Apocalypse Baby (2015), etc. Read full book review >

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A CLIMATE OF FEAR by Fred Vargas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intricate eighth installment in this Parisian series delights with its interesting characters, engaging dialogue, and infectious sense of curiosity about the lives of others."
A pair of suspicious suicides are linked to each other and to the "godforsaken rock" that irrevocably changed the victims' lives a decade ago. Read full book review >

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AN UNCERTAIN PLACE by Fred Vargas
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Adamsberg's seventh outing bubbles entertainingly along via the chemistry of its recurring cast and the author's knack for creating colorful minor characters."
A brilliant Parisian sleuth untangles a grisly English crime with links to a French murder. Read full book review >

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TWO LOVES by Siân James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Literate, readable, engrossing: James's portrayal of male vice and female vanity has an old-fashioned tempo but is thoroughly modern in its construction—and utterly convincing in its venom."
A rich and witty portrait of a widow enmeshed in the tangles of her late husband's professional and personal legacies, by Welsh novelist James (Storm at Arbeth, 1997). Read full book review >

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SECOND CHANCE by Siân James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

"Schlock with a lilting accent is still schlock."
A contrived, overplotted romance from Welsh novelist James (Two Loves, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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LUCIE AUBRAC by Siân Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A refreshing addition to World War II literature."
This biography illuminates for an English-speaking audience the lives of Lucie and Raymond Aubrac, heroes of the French Resistance of World War II. Read full book review >

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STORM AT ARBERTH by Siân James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1997

"An all-too-symbolic approaching storm overhangs an otherwise crisply told story that unwisely ends in a virtual orgy of renunciation and compassionate understanding, placing this curious fiction somewhere between Iris Murdoch and Search for Tomorrow."
Storm At Arberth ($14.95 paperback original; Apr. 3, 1997; 176 pp.; 1-85411-111-6): An initially involving but eventually turgid short novel by an award-winning Welsh writer. Read full book review >

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NICHOLAS REYNOLDS
by Gregory McNamee

Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway. The noted American author, widely admired and often parodied, was many things over his long career, from amateur boxer to open-ocean fisherman and world traveler. Along the way, he dropped into some of the ugliest war zones in the world of his day, casting his lot with the underdog in the fight, whether the French Resistance or ...


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A COMMONPLACE KILLING by Siân Busby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A moody gem of a novel that gives moving testament to the exemplary talent that is Busby's lasting legacy."
A murder investigation centering on postwar London brings together two very different people in Busby's last novel. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S BIG SCHOOL ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"While the story doesn't break any new ground, the comforting tale will reassure young children awaiting their own big first day of school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This cozy debut as an author from illustrator Reynolds (Sammy and the Dinosaurs, 1999) sympathetically addresses the jitters that often herald the transition into preschool. Read full book review >