Search Results: "William Odom"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Provides a focus for further insight into the workings of Hitler's Reich and its repressive apparatus."
The story of Georg Elser, the man who tried to kill Hitler. Read full book review >

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THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BOOKS by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2004

"Though curiously lacking female characters, Odom's bouncy, funny, cliff-hanger adventure is perfect for the Potter crowd, with enough puns, wry asides, and satirical send-ups to amuse Tolkien fans."
A new story and start of a series set in the world of Odom's witty, enjoyable, action-filled hardcover fantasy debut (The Rover, 2001). Read full book review >

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THE ROVER by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A cute, smartly told pastiche of Tolkien and Terry Brooks aimed at the Harry Potter crowd and librarians at every level."
Odom's first hardcover is a charming fantasy about a bookish, pint-sized librarian whose small size and vast knowledge earn him self-confidence, the admiration of various rough characters, and a dragon's treasure. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE LIBRARIES by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Lively, charming and coyly amusing, but much too similar to current and previous genre blockbusters."
A bit boggy with back-story, the third but not necessarily final volume nonetheless brings a satisfying end to the chaos that set plucky librarians fleeing at the close of The Destruction of the Books (2004). Read full book review >

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THE COLLAPSE OF THE SOVIET MILITARY by William E. Odom
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A careful, thoughtful, and outstanding contribution to the understanding of a tumultous period."
A subtle, profound, and authoritative assessment of the life and sudden death of the Soviet military by the former director of the National Security Agency. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Following several attempts at a reunion, the band died with Van Zant and three other band members in a plane crash in 1977, an accident handled with tact here and easily the most disturbing and electrifying part of this tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. (Photographs)"
One for the fans as Odom, security manager for Lynyrd Skynyrd and longtime buddy of lead man Ronnie Van Zant, chronicles the boozy ascent and abrupt crash of the hugely popular band. Read full book review >

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A REDNECK HINDU by Robert Ransom Odom
NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2007

"Entertaining but lightweight recap of one man's spiritual quest."
A memoir purporting to save us from those who would save us. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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STANLEY THE FARMER by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Steady and bright, this will appeal to toddlers looking for comfort, not thrills. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A cartoonlike hamster named Stanley and two other small mammals demonstrate the steps used to plant, maintain and harvest wheat at a typical commercial farm. Read full book review >

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MIGLOO'S DAY by William Bee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Whew. There's definitely a new 'Busytown' in town. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Doing Richard Scarry considerably more than one better, a peripatetic beagle sails through teeming cartoon seek-and-find scenes featuring over 65 named characters. Read full book review >

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GOLEMCHIK by William Exley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"Though this effort has some eerie moments, it's too abbreviated to offer more than sketches of plot or character. (Graphic short story. 7-9)"
A boy's dull summer turns exciting, to say the least, when he acquires a large and temperamental companion in this entry in a new series of graphic short stories. Read full book review >