Search Results: "Tom King"


BOOK REVIEW

A ONCE CROWDED SKY by Tom King
Released: July 10, 2012

"King's work is beyond postmodern, complex in conception, perhaps too esoteric for mainstream fiction fans, but relevant to the graphic-novel, video-gaming generation."
King's debut novel is mostly textual narrative highlighted by random, comic-book-style illustrations. Read full book review >

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KING GROSSMAN
by Poornima Apte

King Grossman had just returned from participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when Kirkus caught up with him. His desire to become an active citizen informs the backbone of his debut indie venture, Letters to Alice. The novel has a feel for the zeitgeist of our times with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring woven into its threads ...


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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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QUINCEAÑERA by Elizabeth King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"With plenty of historical background, and also available in Spanish (0-525-45844-1), this has appeal for a wide audience. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The artful blend of photography and text combine to provide a poignant glimpse into the lives of two young Latina women, Cindy Chavez and Suzan Preito, as they ceremoniously enter adulthood. Read full book review >

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CUSTER by Deborah King
ANIMALS
Released: April 29, 1992

"Like Parnall's Stuffer (below), a treat for horse lovers and art lovers; of the two books, this has more warmth and appeal. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Custer is perfectly happy on a farm where he snitches food from the farmhouse kitchen and enjoys the company of cows. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTIES by Stephen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A blood-splattered pleasure. It's hard to say what the deeper message of the book is save that life goes on despite the intercession of supernatural weirdnesses—or, as one woman says, 'I guess I really must not be dead, because I'm starving.'"
Another horror blockbuster, Mercedes and all, from maestro King (End of Watch, 2016, etc.) and his heir apparent (Double Feature, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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SECRET LIVES by Patrick Gale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Nor are books, as Secret Lives proves: At arm's length, it's hodgepodge; up close, intricate patterns emerge."
Three novellas by three Brits reminding us that the most ordinary-seeming people may lead lives of private drama. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE! by Wesley King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"If readers wanted to describe this book in Internet terms, they would be emoticons: wide-eyed surprise, tears at a few late revelations and many smiley faces at the end. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Jonah Hillcrest is not exactly a Marty Stu. Read full book review >

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I CRAWL THROUGH IT by A.S. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Heavy stuff, as the title implies, and absolutely worthwhile. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A meditation on grief, guilt, and survival; King's most challenging work to date. Read full book review >

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SHADOW SPELL by Caro King
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"It is difficult to know where one is in the story or where the story is going, quite, but readers captivated by the humor or the horror may not care, as everything is (kind of) tied up in the end. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A great deal of action is regularly stopped cold by explication, gory and funny parts and some delicious ideas in this confusing middle-grade fantasy, sequel to Seven Sorcerers (2011). Read full book review >

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SEVEN SORCERERS by Caro King
ADVENTURE
Released: May 3, 2011

"Those who do enjoy this, however, will be pleased to know that a sequel has already been published in the U.K. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Jam-packed with magic, danger, monsters and mysterious events, this import never quite lives up to its potential. Read full book review >