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Eva Ibbotson: The Secret of Platform 13

19 Jan 2012 · No Comments

This past Christmas afforded me the happy opportunity of researching what-next-after-Potter? books for a young relation, and of course I’m reading a bunch myself. This book shares the plot detail of a mysterious train platform leading to another world*, but what it reminded me of most was Roald Dahl, perhaps because cute, quirky, and creepy [...]

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Tags: children's · fantasy · i-author · s-title

Stephen M. Irwin: The Dead Path

08 Jan 2012 · No Comments

I can’t say The Dead Path didn’t get its hooks into me: I finished the final hundred pages at a single sitting, anxious for one of its characters, in particular, to escape the morass. There are some clever aspects to how it works an old religion into a modern tale; Irwin’ prose is reliably serviceable [...]

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Tags: d-title · fantasy · horror · i-author

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

09 Dec 2011 · 1 Comment

I absolutely adored Cohn and Levithan’s Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, a young adult romance partly set in The Strand, with a hefty epistolary component and a dash of screwball comedy.
I didn’t enjoy Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List nearly as much, partly due to mismatched expectations. This was a rare case where I [...]

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Tags: c-author · i-author · n-title · young adult

Clifford Irving: Fake! The Story of Elmyr de Hory the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time

22 Aug 2010 · 1 Comment

I’m not even trying to separate my reaction to this book from the backstory: Irving, a novelist (a fraudster, in other words, because a novel is a pack of lies upon the credibility of which its success depends), here offers a purportedly non-fictional book about art forger Elmyr de Hory (a profession which combines fraud [...]

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Tags: biography · f-title · i-author

Lee Irby: The Up and Up

09 Jun 2009 · No Comments

Small-time hood Frank Hearn makes it out of Irby’s previous Prohibition-era caper novel 7,000 Clams with his skin fundamentally intact and the love of a really terrific dame, but (no spoiler, really) without enough scratch to give her the kind of life he wants to. So in this sequel he goes straight and tries to [...]

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Tags: historical · i-author · mystery · suspense · u-title

Lee Irby: 7,000 Clams

24 May 2009 · No Comments

I think the worst thing about becoming a baseball fan for me is getting infested by the magical thinking associated with the sport. This intricately-plotted, noirish crime novel features Babe Ruth (as a Yankee, in the 1925 offseason) and I found myself vaguely worried that reading it was somehow disloyal to my team.
But there’s [...]

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Tags: #-title · historical · i-author · mystery · suspense