Search Results: "Zoë B. Alley"


BOOK REVIEW

THERE'S A PRINCESS IN THE PALACE by Zoë B. Alley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Smartly hysterical. (Graphic fairy tales. 7-10)"
The Alley duo spread the joy of There's a Wolf at the Door (2009) into another oversized and overstuffed (with giggles, that is) volume. Read full book review >

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THERE’S A WOLF AT THE DOOR by Zoë B. Alley
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"MPSLUGMISTER McGregor's garden and considering turning vegetarian. (Graphic folklore. 7-9)"
A hungry wolf just can't catch a break in these five loosely connected folktales. Read full book review >

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B by Jonathan Baumbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Amusing but short of hilarity: too few pages, though immensely detailed, build and release."
"I'm angry at you because you don't know why I'm angry at you, she said. I'm not really angry, I'm disappointed . . . Invisible flames emanated from her on all sides." Read full book review >

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B by D.L. Luke
Released: March 15, 2016

"A scrappy feline protagonist enriches this seasonal story of seeking a home."
Luke explores the well-known pairing of black cats and Halloween in this debut children's tale. Read full book review >

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FLESHMARKET ALLEY by Ian Rankin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 2005

"Iconoclastic Rebus and tetchy Clarke (A Question of Blood, 2004, etc.) are the best thing to come out of Scotland since single-malt—especially when they're involved in a plot so rich and complex."
Cast adrift when the CID closes their old patch, DI John Rebus and DS Siobhan Clarke try to fit in at the Gayfield Square stationhouse, on the edge of Edinburgh's posh New Town. Read full book review >

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DUCK ALLEY by Jim DeFilippi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The depth of Tasti's spiritual agony is doubtless meant to be profound, but the story just doesn—t make it real, with the result that the profound and the inane are at loggerheads."
A second from DeFilippi has parallels with his considerably stronger Blood Sugar (1992), but too much in plot flies off with too little in substantive atmosphere or theme to act as ballast. Read full book review >

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TORNADO ALLEY by Craig Nova
Released: May 15, 1989

A disappointing follow-up to The Congressman's Daughter (1986): the patchy, convoluted story of two small-town products of unhappy families who ultimately become lovers—and destroy each other. Read full book review >

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PARADISE ALLEY by Kevin Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An authoritative blend of documentary realism and driving narrative that's just about irresistible."
The New York City draft riots of 1863 provide an appropriately violent subject for this period melodrama from the historical researcher (for Harry Evans's The American Century) and novelist (Dreamland, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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STINK ALLEY by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"An afterword details the historical facts and cites how Gilson envisioned both the real characters and the ones she invented. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A departure from the author's contemporary settings, this historical novel blends an engaging story about likable main characters with the context and culture that led to the Mayflower pilgrims settling Plimouth Plantation. Read full book review >

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BLACK ALLEY by Mickey Spillane
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Longtime fans (the only conceivable audience) will find Hammer's quaintly dated narration, compounded equally of sadism and sexual prudery, an archeological treasure worth far more than that measly $89 billion. (Mystery Guild selection)"
Mike Hammer's in bad shape, and no wonder—it's nearly 50 years since his historic debut in I, the Jury, and seven years since his last outing, The Killing Man. Read full book review >

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BLIND ALLEY by Iris Johansen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Solid thriller, intriguing setting: Johansen's back on track."
Eve Duncan (<\I>Body of Lies, etc.), forensic sculptor, on the trail of an international serial killer this time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"An entrancing summary of what is known and conjectured about tornadoes, from a man who has been running after them for over 20 years. (67 color, 44 b&w photos, 50 illustrations, not seen)"
Radical-event meteorologist Bluestein (Univ. of Oklahoma) depicts with paint-by-number clarity (albeit with a more delicately shaded and elegant end product) the lives and quirky personalities of severe storms, particularly tornadoes. Read full book review >