Search Results: "Stella Vance"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 14, 2011

"A candid, unrefined look at one woman's spiritual quest."
Vance details her coming-of-age in the 1970s, including her journey of self-discovery, spiritual awakening and acceptance of self that has lasted four decades. Read full book review >

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SILVER by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"A quick read with some interesting fantasy elements, but the passive heroine and sometimes-confusing worldbuilding disappoint. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Brianna Paxton has always suspected she is invisible to boys. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE CANVAS by Alexander Vance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Plenty of vivid, painterly action scenes carry the day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Claudia Miravista, a lonely sixth-grader who loves creating and viewing artwork, becomes involved in an unusual task: rescuing a boy named Pim from a mysterious land behind the world's art canvases. Read full book review >

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NIGHT LAMP by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Storyteller Vance is in top form here: the result is uneven in places, perhaps, but always astonishing and enthralling."
Another adventure/drama set in Vance's inimitable far-future Gaean Reach (Throy, 1993, etc.), encompassing thousands of inhabited planets. Read full book review >

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IDENTITY by Steve Vance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

The serial killings perpetrated by sociopath Calvin Bryant ranked high on the FBI's Most Grisly list until Special Agent Russell Montgomery put an end to them. Read full book review >

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THE FIVE GOLD BANDS by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"Entertaining but by no means essential."
The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel—a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Read full book review >

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LURULU by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Languorous, occasionally repetitive—but this is quintessential Vance: rich, eccentric, nourished from roots deep in the human psyche."
Belated sequel or, better, the missing last section of Ports of Call (1998), a picaresque travel-adventure from the master storyteller and stylist. Read full book review >

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GOLD  by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2013

"Light on worldbuilding but full of steamy romance. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
After the climactic battles that ended Silver (2012), teen bandia Brianna Paxton heads to rural Ireland but finds she can escape neither her destiny nor her many pursuers. Read full book review >

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DEEP by Susanna Vance
FICTION
Released: May 13, 2003

"While the story could have been cut considerably and a key subplot is left hanging, this offering nevertheless presents readers with both high drama and compelling characterization. (Fiction. 12+)"
Two wildly dissimilar teenage girls find themselves thrown together on a Caribbean island, fighting for their lives. Read full book review >

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THROY by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Otherwise, enjoyable but rather thin: Vance's tendency to invent brilliantly and prodigiously in the opening volume, and thereafter to lose interest, is particularly evident."
Wrapping up the far-future trilogy begun with Araminta Station and continued in Ecce and Old Earth (1992), the struggle for control over the scenically spectacular and biologically diverse planet Cadwal. Read full book review >

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ELON MUSK by Ashlee Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Despite Vance's best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients."
A look at aerospace/automotive mogul Elon Musk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1997

"A mixed bag of how-to tips and misty memories."
A pedestrian stroll down memory lane from a longtime quail hunter and outdoor writer. Read full book review >