Search Results: "Steven Barnes"


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FIREDANCE by Steven Barnes
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Fans of futuristic martial-arts yarns (Ö la Eric van Lustbader) should do well here: Barnes's efforts are relatively accessible to newcomers, though best begun at the beginning."
Third in a—series?—begun with the paperback Streetlethal and Gorgon Child, whose central character is Aubry Knight, raised and trained as an assassin for organized crime. Read full book review >

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IRON SHADOWS by Steven Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"A solid, hard-hitting workout, well-pitched and balanced, with plenty of broad appeal."
Another contemporary horror/fantasy that, like Blood Brothers (1996), features the same mysterious immortal sorcerer known as the African. Read full book review >

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BLOOD BROTHERS by Steven Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Despite a few wobbles—and bad guys, for all their longevity, aren't too bright—an absorbing, ironic, and sometimes genuinely wrenching tale."
Contemporary supernatural/horror yarn, though billed as fantasy, from the author of Firedance (1993) and collaborations with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (Beowulf's Children, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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CASANEGRA by Blair Underwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2007

Introducing Tennyson Hardwick, who is black, beautiful and—if you ask the LAPD—bad as they come. Read full book review >

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BEOWULF'S CHILDREN by Larry Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"But the whole enterpriseintriguing ecology, indistinguishable characters, improbable metabolisms and allis hobbled by committee-style prose and unlikely dialogue."
Sequel to The Legacy of Heorot (1987), in which heroic colonists from Earth battled supercharged alien dinosaurs known as ``grendels.'' On planet Avalon, the children of the original colonists are growing up fast. Read full book review >

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THE MOON MAZE GAME by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Not much more than an elaborate do-over of Dream Park and its predecessors: Move it to the Moon, throw in Wells, rework the plot and presto!"
From the authors of Dream Park (2010, etc.), a sort of thriller set in 2085 within a Live Action Role Playing game staged on the Moon. Read full book review >

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SATURN’S RACE by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2000

"Inventive and wide-ranging, but cold-hearted and singularly spineless in terms of both structure and morality."
Power struggles in a near-future world of privileged floating islands, desperate third-world billions, ninjas, intelligent dolphins, and sharks with arms and computer brains: from the authors of Achilles' Choice (1991). Read full book review >

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FLYAWAY by Lesley Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2016

"Towers and stairways and lots of curlicues will intrigue some viewers, but this sweet concoction of a gift book may have a limited audience. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Feeding the princess craze, this lift-the flap book features a young royal whose bird with beautiful singing voice breaks free from its cage. Read full book review >

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APOSTROPHES AND APOCALYPSES by John Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 1998

"Concerns that in Barnes's fine novels may be assets, or minor flaws—density; limited originality; pedestrian writing—become problems in the shorter format; annoying, too, is the presumption of a largely teenaged audience."
Barnes's first collection, comprising 13 stories, including four previously unpublished, and eight essays, is divided, obscurely, into sections headed "While you Wait," "For the End," "Let Us Spend some Time," and "Talking to People Who Aren't There." Read full book review >

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FLASHPOINT by Linda Barnes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"As usual, Barnes's eighth (Cold Case, 1997, etc.) dashes off memorable characters in a few deft strokes, even if some of the most interesting ones have to make way for more standard-issue secrets. ($125,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Carlotta Carlyle's clients might as well be on the Endangered Species list: there aren't many of them, and they don't hang around long. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A heartening memoir of good food and tough love with a few down-home recipes thrown in."
A memoir of an untrained chef with an English degree who set out to temper bad behavior by serving good food and to change junk-food die-hards into foodies. Read full book review >

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SALTHILL by Judith Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2002

"An overwrought style that never lets up, and a first-novelist who can't resist romantic metaphors (eyes are like 'lapis lazuli,' hair is 'berry-dark' and 'berry-sweet,' etc.). Just too much."
Galloping melodrama about a tormented horse-trainer. Read full book review >