Posts tagged ‘American’

Angels and Demons

Review by Catherine Hume

I came to Angels and Demons already a fan of Dan Brown. Sure, he’s not going to win any prizes for a blindingly outstanding literary style, but that’s part of what I love about reading Dan Brown. Dan Brown writes as though he already has a blockbuster film in mind – which is how a lot of writing tutors encourage novel writers to think these days – and he writes in an immediate and pacy way. This means we keep turning the pages. He is also clever in that most of the time, his novels have three or more storylines and these are interspersed throughout the novel, and so if you want to find out what happens next, it sounds silly, but you have to keep reading – reading for another three chapters beyond the other storylines. (more…)

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May 5, 2017 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Dan Brown

Dan Brown was born in 1964 and grew up in New Hampshire. He studied English and Spanish at Amherst. He published his first thriller, Digital Fortress, in 1998. This was followed by Angels and Demons and Reception Point. In 2003 The Da Vinci Code came out, and shot straight to the top of the bestseller lists. In 2013 he published Inferno. Three of his books have been successfully filmed.

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The Sleeper

Review by Steve Savage

The Sleeper is a Cold War thriller. We are in the 1950s. The premise of Holly Roth‘s novel is that the US military have court-martialled and imprisoned a spy they uncovered in the Army, a “sleeper”. Public unease apparently induces them to give a journalist – Robert Kendall – unique access to Lt. Hollister, and he has written a whole book about the man and his case. But after Buddy Hollister kills himself in his cell, (more…)

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Holly Roth

Holly Roth was born in the USA in 1916. She was a New Yorker, and went to James Madison High School in Brooklyn. She wrote many books, some under pseudonyms. She was the author of the suspense novels The Content Assignment, The Mask of Glass, The Sleeper and The Crimson in the Purple. In 1964 while sailing in the Mediterranean, she was reported missing at sea by her second husband.

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Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is an American novelist and short story writer. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. She is the author of five books, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1988), An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000), Willful Creatures (2005), The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) and The Color Master (2013).

April 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson was born in San Francisco in 1916, and grew up in California, where she began writing. Her family moved to the eastern United States, and she studied at Syracuse University, where she met her future husband, Stanley Hyman. They graduated in 1940 and moved to New York. Shirley Jackson’s stories were published in The New Republic and The New Yorker. In 1945, Hyman was offered a teaching position at Bennington College, and they moved to Vermont, where Shirley continued to write while raising four children and running the household. Her first novel, The Road Through The Wall, was published in 1948.   In the same year The New Yorker published her short story ‘The Lottery’, which generated the largest amount of mail ever received by the magazine – mostly negative. She died in 1965.

January 30, 2014 at 10:03 am Leave a comment


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