Search Results: "Steve Shreve"


BOOK REVIEW

STAN AND THE TOILET MONSTER by Steve Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Tableaux done as large, simple line drawings featuring the annoyed-looking monster and hunched, hapless-looking smaller figures on nearly every page give the tale that fashionable Wimpy Kid look A serviceable placeholder for the Captain's next outing, with all the stinks and goo but not so much of the wit. (Illustrated fiction. 9-11)"
A pet iguana flushed down a toilet, a scientist's unwelcomed potion for giant Brussels sprouts, a sociopathic dog named Mr. Snuggles and a reeking glob of slime that turns out not to be a baseball are but some of the elements in this Captain Underpants-style yuck-o-rama. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BENNY by Steve Shreve
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Although clearly aimed at Captain Underpants fans, this misses the target. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A sequence of adventures details a small boy's encounters with a Bigfoot with smelly feet, a mummy named King Butt, pirates searching for a killer squid, a booger-man under his bed and a ghost guarding buried treasure on Monkey Island. Read full book review >

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THE OBITUARY WRITER by Porter Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2000

"A quietly competent tale, with a few surprises, gentle humor, and a good feel for the journalist's milieu, though ultimately with nothing to make it more than adequate in its telling."
When a sexy young widow comes on to him, a naïve cub reporter with big dreams perks up—then finds he's gotten more than he bargained for, in this soft-spoken, mildly diverting debut from anthology editor Shreve. Read full book review >

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THE LAST TIME THEY MET by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The shock ending and pretentious elements, such as Linda's unconvincing struggle with her faith, can't disguise the fact that the author is very short of fresh ideas here."
Bestselling Shreve (The Pilot's Wife, 1998, etc.) reuses a character from a previous novel in this new work tracing a doomed love affair backwards in time. Read full book review >

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THE TIDES OF SLIGO by L.G. Shreve
Released: March 16, 1989

This time around, Shreve (The Phoenix With Oily Feathers, 1980) writes about a wealthy American writer living in Ireland who's sucked into The Troubles after learning that he may have underwritten the murder of Lord Louis Mountbatten. Read full book review >

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LIGHT ON SNOW by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2004

"One of this talented author's lesser efforts, though fans will probably be satisfied by the readable prose and intelligent, albeit shallow, character observation."
From bestselling Shreve (All He Ever Wanted, 2003, etc.), a curiously listless tale of a grieving dad and daughter who rescue a newborn abandoned in the snow. Read full book review >

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SEA GLASS by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2002

"A sterling effort from an intelligent and entertaining popular novelist."
In Shreve's ninth novel, a bitter strike racks the New Hampshire coastal community that also provided the setting for Fortune's Rocks (1999). Read full book review >

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JONAH, THE WHALE by Susan Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"His other dream, that Jonah's mother and boyfriend reconcile, is also realized, the one false note in an uplifting tale with an unpredictable plot and a sympathetic, likable hero. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An overweight boy transforms his fantasy of TV stardom into a formula for success in this poignant, affirming novel from Shreve (The Formerly Great Alexander Family, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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BLISTER by Susan Shreve
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Spunky and resolute, Blister is a character many readers will understand intimately. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A ten-year-old girl goes about the task of re-creating herself when both her parents fail her utterly in this exploration of the backstory of a character first introduced in Shreve's Jonah, the Whale (1998). Read full book review >

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DRIVES LIKE A DREAM by Porter Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2005

"Clever and biting fiction that also serves as an amiable account of the Detroit car industry."
Divorced elder of a Detroit car family pulls some desperate punches on the wedding of her ex. Read full book review >

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WHERE OR WHEN by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Love, lust, and redemption all too quickly reduced to sinners who must pay for their sins—but, still, a seductive parable with great mood music."
Shreve, who mixed up such a potent brew of love and tragedy in her earlier Eden Close (1989) and Strange Fits of Passion (1991), serves us something else here—slightly sweeter but also thinner, something that for all its fizz feels flat by the end. Read full book review >

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THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Formulaic plot aside, worth reading for the period detail and the evocative prose."
Shreve's latest takes on natural disasters, public and private. Read full book review >