Search Results: "William Rodarmor"


BOOK REVIEW

CHAOS IN KABUL by Gérard de Villiers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As for the thrills in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller, if you want to know whether Malko succeeds in assassinating Karzai, or whether de Villiers kills off his long-running series hero, you'll just have to read the whole story to find out."
How hard could it be to assassinate an inconvenient Afghan head of state? If you haven't seen any newspapers over the past few years, de Villiers, late (1929-2013) veteran of hundreds of spy thrillers, wants to tell you. Read full book review >

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OH MY, OH NO! by Lisa Charrier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Amusing but flawed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl's attempts to emulate Mommy are mostly messy. Read full book review >

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JULIEN PARME by Florian Zeller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2008

"A sustained yelp of youthful despair, occasionally affecting, more often exasperating."
French writer Zeller makes his U.S. debut with a novel about a dark night of the soul in the life of an angry Parisian teenager. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GATE OF DAYS by Guillaume Prévost
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A third installment is on the way, and one can only hope the writing begins to live up to the premise. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In The Book of Days (2007), readers met Sam Faulkner, a troubled teen who followed in his father's footsteps as a time traveler. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF TIME by Guillaume Prévost
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A light read, with glimpses into other times and places, with the promise of better to come. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sam Faulkner's mother is dead, his father's been missing for two weeks, he's being threatened by a bully at school and he's just turned 14. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MADMEN OF BENGHAZI by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A ton of coincidences and a dry, journalistic approach to fiction render this spy novel no threat to Ian Fleming's legacy."
Best-selling French novelist de Villiers, who died in 2013, wrote more than 200 books about suave Austrian spy Malko Linge; this is the first to be translated into English in decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TARA DUNCAN AND THE SPELLBINDERS by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"High fantasy for middle-schoolers who just can't get enough of it. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An adventurous preteen encounters inter-dimensional portals, magical powers and mysterious parentage in this overstuffed first book of a bestselling European fantasy series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LORD OF THE SWALLOWS by Gérard de Villiers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Even Bond might blush."
Thriller in which lustful affairs send Soviet and American agents, spies, and counterspies plotting and panting in what nearly becomes a bedroom farce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YELLOW EYES OF CROCODILES by Katherine Pancol
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Aside from introducing a few contrived plot twists, Pancol deftly manages the constellation of characters in a cleareyed, warmly funny tale."
As a knife accidentally slices into her wrist, Joséphine realizes she would be glad to simply slip away from her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CATHERINE CERTITUDE by Patrick Modiano
Released: July 1, 2001

"Not for every child, and, indeed, not for every adult. It's not exactly as if Dostoyevsky had turned to writing Mother Goose rhymes, but the darkness is there—and so is the brilliance."
A beguiling children's story—well, after a fashion, anyway—by the latest winner of the Nobel Prize in literature (Suspended Sentences, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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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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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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