Search Results: "Steven Marcus"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CONTINENTAL OP by Dashiell Hammett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"Irish, Cain, Chandler and of course Macdonald."
Simply, these are seven stories about Hammett's no-name, middle-aging detective who first appeared in the Black Mask — "long unavailable" (query — never in book form before?). Read full book review >

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DASHIELL HAMMETT by Dashiell Hammett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An invaluable collection, then, but not the definitive volume it might have been."
The father of hard-boiled detective fiction, whose five novels got the Library of America treatment in 1999, now returns in two dozen stories and three related items: the early version of The Thin Man, first published in Nightmare Town (2000); a series of 29 one-sentence vignettes from his days as a Pinkerton detective; and 24 brief suggestions for writers of detective fiction. Read full book review >

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AVA'S POPPY by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Bury this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This trite and simplistic tale of friendship and the life cycle offers little that is new. Read full book review >

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GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE RAINBOW FISH by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A formulaic, fishy nighttime read sure to please fans. (Picture book. 2-4)"
For his 20th anniversary, Rainbow Fish gets a bedtime story. Read full book review >

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THE FRIENDLY MONSTERS by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Stick with Sesame Street's more lovable critters. (Pop-up picture book. 3-5)"
In a pop-up album that provides a strong argument for attaching parental-advisory labels, happy monsters rear up over a hill, spring from closet and cellar and burst out from under the bed to assure a pair of timorous, pajama-clad children that they're not really scary. Read full book review >

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THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN by Marcus Sedgwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Haunting. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Similar to Sedgwick's Printz Award-winning Midwinterblood (2013), four stories relate in elusive ways. Read full book review >

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SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 22, 2014

"It's no coincidence that Sedgwick has crafted yet another gripping tale of wonder. (Thriller. 13 & up)"
A thriller that challenges readers' understanding of the universe. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Haunting, sophisticated and ultimately exquisite. (author's note) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Time Traveler's Wife meets Lost in this chilling exploration of love and memory. Read full book review >

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THE DARK FLIGHT DOWN by Marcus Sedgwick
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"Sedgwick doesn't answer all questions, but Boy and Willow's noble choice and tender relationship stretch forward into a tentative, simple future, making the end supremely satisfying. (prologue, epilogue) (Fantasy. YA)"
Boy and Willow are immediately separated as this moving sequel to The Book of Dead Days (2004) begins. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 2008

"A meaty little book."
A shot across the bow of intelligent design by a rising student of the mind. Read full book review >