Search Results: "Tom Franklin"


BOOK REVIEW

HELL AT THE BREECH by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2003

"Historical fiction as smooth and relentless as the darkest Elmore Leonard. First-rate."
Nightriders seize control of a dark corner of Alabama in a history-based first novel. Read full book review >

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THE TILTED WORLD by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Originally conceived as a short story, the book shows signs of attenuation in its expansion to novel length."
The world that's tilting refers to the Mississippi Delta in April 1927, site of one of the greatest natural catastrophes in American history. Read full book review >

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SMONK by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Horror and history rendered with gusto and buckets of blood."
No one is safe in a 19th-century Alabama town devastated by the Civil War, gripped by a hideously perverted religion and haunted by rabies. Read full book review >

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MISSISSIPPI NOIR by Tom Franklin
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"On the whole, this latest entry in the long-running Akashic Noir series presents tale after tale of people who can't get out of their own ways."
The big city has no lock on misery in these 16 portraits of dark doings in the Deep South. Read full book review >

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CROOKED LETTER, CROOKED LETTER by Tom Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"There's little suspense in a novel that's most notable for its heavy-handed treatment of race."
There are murders in this Mississippi melodrama, but pay them no mind; its core is the brief friendship of two boys, one black, one white. Read full book review >

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DON'T WAKE THE BABY by Jonathan Franklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"The illustrations for this commendable debut are unusual for their energy and subtle use of vivid color; the concluding twist—the baby wakes Marvin—provides a satisfying irony. Especially appropriate for a parent/preschool group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
While Mother cautions eponymously from the next room, Marvin plays rambunctious imaginative games (cowboy, magician, pirate, etc.) around his sibling's crib, finally falling asleep in the crib. Read full book review >

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AT FACE VALUE by Emily Franklin
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Franklin leaves readers to guess if Cyrie will choose plastic surgery or accept herself—as her friends and family do—exactly as she is. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This enjoyable, if lightweight, adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac switches its genders and turns tragedy into comedy. Read full book review >

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CITY OF SHADOWS by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2006

"Entertaining enough when not stating the historically obvious."
Murder mystery meets historical enigma in pre-Nazi Era Berlin. Read full book review >

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GRAVE GOODS by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2009

"A well-researched, colorful, sometimes comical and often engaging mystery, although the series is beginning to show more signs of familiarity than freshness."
The third volume in a successful British historical criminal-investigation series sees its heroine attempting to authenticate the bones of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere. Read full book review >