Search Results: "Alan Gordon"


BOOK REVIEW

WIDOW OF JERUSALEM by Alan Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Lots of tavern-hopping, sighting of enemy fleets, juggling and serenading, and Foolish heroics, although Theophilos (A Death in the Venetian Quarter, 2002, etc.) takes a backseat to brave Scarlett."
Twelfth-century romance was usually a matter of politics rather than love. Read full book review >

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THE PARISIAN PRODIGAL by Alan Gordon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 19, 2010

"Likable, uproariously funny investigators solve a clever, quick-paced mystery in an accessible, authentic medieval world. A gem."
In their eighth adventure (The Moneylender of Toulouse, 2008, etc.) jesters Theo and Claudia investigate a courtly pretender and a whore's murder in 13th-century France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LARK’S LAMENT by Alan Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"An intriguing look at the world of the Fools Guild in 1204 that works much better as history than mystery."
A family of medieval Fools must solve a murder to protect their Guild from the Pope's wrath. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JESTER LEAPS IN by Alan Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"The jester leaps in, all right, but he falls disappointingly flat."
With a wounded leg, a new name, and a new wife, Lady Viola, in drag as his manservant and apprentice Claudius, Theophilos, the Fool of Thirteenth Night (1999) leaps once more into the 13th-century fray at the Guild of Fools' bidding, this time to investigate the mysterious disappearances of six fellow fools in Constantinople. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A DEATH IN THE VENETIAN QUARTER by Alan Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2002

"For the serious-minded, a lengthy concluding Historical Note sorts through who was real, what they did, and how they ended up."
Henpecked Emperor Alexios, who blinded and imprisoned his brother Isaakios, the former emperor of Constantinople, so he could sit on the throne, is beset by a mad and murderous wife, three whining daughters, and two hundred Venetian ships carrying the armies of the Fourth Crusade right outside the seawalls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIRTEENTH NIGHT by Alan Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 1999

"For most others, a test of endurance."
It's early in the 13th century, and hidden away in the Dolomites is a village that's home to the Guildhall, an academy for jesters, jugglers, magicians, etc.—a School for Fools. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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MERYL GORDON
by Megan Labrise

Meryl Gordon fashioned a career as a New York Times-bestselling biographer of heiresses and socialites. But you’d be mistaken to think gowns, glamour, glitz, and gadabouts are her crucial concern.

“My favorite subject, in all the work I do, is resilience,” says Gordon, author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach(2008) and ...


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ALAN BURDICK
by Gregory McNamee

Time is fleeting. Time flies. There’s never enough of it. With apologies to Irma Thomas, the greatest interpreter of the song “Time Is On My Side,” it’s really not.

We modern humans are bound to clocks, to having to be particular places at particular moments, to occupying certain points of the space-time continuum at, well, certain points. But thus ...


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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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THE DESCENT INTO HELL IS EASY
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Hellraisers (The Devil's Engine Book 1) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Cover Story: Mistaken Identity 
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale:
 -2
Talky Talk: Immersive
Bonus Factors:
 Noir, Deal with the Devil, X-Men
Relationship Status: Successful First Date

 

Cover Story: Mistaken Identity

This cover actually makes a lot more sense in context (the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SCOUT by Gordon McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An enthusiastic effort, but with lackluster results. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A dog searches for his lost ball and finds friends in this pedestrian tale. Read full book review >