Search Results: "Yannick De Smet"


BOOK REVIEW

UNDODA AND THE MIND'S EYE by Undoda Multimind Games
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2011

"Handsome packaging, but with such a silly plot and limited slate of games, it's far less than meets the eye. (iPad storybook/game app. 7-10)"
A game-centric app offering an abruptly chopped off story about a heroic chinchilla aviator who opens a mystical portal between Easter Island and…San Francisco. Read full book review >

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Pages in the Wind by Sally Saylor  De Smet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"A dark, stirring novel with a riveting final twist whose implications linger well after the last page."
A mystery about the cascading consequences of childhood trauma, as seen through the eyes of a young prison inmate. Read full book review >

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ANNA’S TIGHT SQUEEZE by Marian De Smet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

Here's a whiz of a tale that circles around an uncooperative bathroom door. Read full book review >

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THE CALL by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A marvelous book: sweet and poignant without ever succumbing to easy sentiment, formally inventive and dexterous without ever seeming showy. A triumph."
As Murphy's sixth book for adults (Signed, Mata Hari, 2007, etc.) gets started, a large-animal veterinarian in rural New England faces various small uncertainties: an iffy economy, weird recurrent lights in the night sky, a marriage in which there are minor flare-ups. Read full book review >

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THE GODDESS OF SMALL VICTORIES by Yannick Grannec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An intellectually challenging, though occasionally lopsided, deconstruction of the notion of 'the great man.'"
Art and math mingle in Grannec's debut historical novel, which hinges on the life of logician Kurt Gödel. Read full book review >

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SIGNED, MATA HARI by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2007

"Vague on facts but intense, atmospheric and erotic, this is more prose poem than historical novel."
An impressionistic portrait of the famous spy—in reality an abused wife and mother with intense sexual charms. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE WATER by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 29, 2014

"Murphy sometimes recalls the exurban tribulations and titillations of Peter De Vries—albeit without all the puns—in a different sort of murder yarn that boasts twists in both the style and the plot."
An offbeat thriller sets a serial killer loose among young swimmers in New England and tests the reader's tolerance for textual quirks. Read full book review >

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HERE THEY COME by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2006

"Diffuse, disjointed and ultimately tiresome."
A skewed portrait of a collapsing New York City family, told through the eyes of a pubescent girl. Read full book review >

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THE SEA OF TREES by Yannick Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 1997

"An indefatigably forward-going if often poetic story of girlhood and family amid war, terror, loss—and sometimes luck."
Murphy's (Stories in Another Language, 1987) debut novel is a vivid and often powerful, although almost as often curiously perfunctory, girl's-eye saga of a wildly endangered life in the Far East during and after WW II. Read full book review >

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COLD WATER WITCH by Yannick Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Initially reminiscent of Andersen's frigid Snow Queen, this Cold Water Witch melts with kindness. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The sinister Cold Water Witch tries to lure a little girl to her frozen realm in this frosty fairy tale. Read full book review >

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BABY POLAR by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The simple text is replete with warmth, humor and gentle suspense; every Baby Polar—or child—will find something to appreciate here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A storm is coming, but this baby polar bear wants to play. Read full book review >

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AHWOOOOOOOO! by Yannick Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: June 12, 2006

"It is a tender, sometimes humorous journey that evokes the yearning of childhood while setting forth the virtues of the multi-generational family. (Picture book. 4-6)"
"I want to howl," says Little Wolf. Read full book review >