Search Results: "Victor LaValle"


BOOK REVIEW

VICTOR by Mordicai Gerstein
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers will be mesmerized, and even stirred by the questions Gerstein raises and attempts to answer. (Fiction. 13+)"
Gerstein (The Giant, 1995, etc.) brings to this novelization of the life of the so-called savage of Aveyron a sustained intensity that proves both haunting and chastening. Read full book review >

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THE ECSTATIC by Victor LaValle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"LaValle has energy and wit to burn, but really ought to store some of it. Thus far, the short story seems to be his forte."
A morbidly obese Puerto Rican misfit dominates the sleazy comic landscape of this intermittently amusing first novel from LaValle, author of the vivid story collection slapboxing with jesus (1999). Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL IN SILVER by Victor LaValle
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"A story whose idea is much more engaging than the reading experience itself."
A diffuse novel reminiscent of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest—but then, what novel set in a mental ward does not remind one of Randle McMurphy and Company? Read full book review >

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THE CHANGELING by Victor LaValle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A smart and knotty merger of horror, fantasy, and realism."
A tragedy thrusts a mourning father into peculiar, otherworldly corners of New York City. Read full book review >

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BIG MACHINE by Victor LaValle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"Too idea-hungry and haywire to be fully successful, too alive and abrasive to be missed. The multicultural novel has come of age—smashingly."
Lavalle (The Ecstatic, 2002, etc.) fractures all our tidy notions of how well-made fiction ought to behave in his singular tale of a bizarre quest that achieves apocalyptic fulfillment. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF RICHARD MATHESON by Richard Matheson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"These chilling page-turners still hold up, serving as an excellent starting point for a new generation of readers."
A collection of stories from a horror legend. Read full book review >

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INVENTING VICTOR by Jennifer Bannan
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"A large new talent that can go anywhere it wants."
Eleven stories demonstrating a broad imagination and a chameleon's ability to leap seamlessly from culture to culture, subject to subject. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Scholarly, impassioned and riveting—a dandy corrective to an undervalued legacy and an immersive trip through a vanished era of popular entertainment."
The life and career of a protean figure from Hollywood's early days. Read full book review >

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KELLY + VICTOR by Niall Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"Modern romance? More like an exorcism of writerly boredom."
The fourth from Welsh author Griffiths (Sheepshagger, 2002, etc.) gives vent to wasted urban youth via sadistic sex and feisty vernacular. Read full book review >

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VICTOR AND HUGO by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"If readers are ready to forgive its confused plot, the art offers much to appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two dogs rescue their master's accordion—and the world's music—in Paris. Read full book review >

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VICTOR WANTS TO PLAY by Mark van Overveld
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2012

"Clean design and predictable story make this an enjoyable app to share with preschoolers. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
A sweet, if a bit slight, friendship story with good design elements. Read full book review >