Search Results: "Anthony McGowan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ART OF FAILING by Anthony McGowan
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Entertaining reading to dip into now and then."
A British fiction writer humorously chronicles the quotidian frustrations, discomforts, and outright failures he faced over the course of one year. Read full book review >

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MORTAL COIL by Anthony McGowan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2007

"A shady and literate thriller that oozes down-and-out ambience—and featuring, in the tradition of the best noir, a damaged and ambivalent knight errant."
McGowan's second noir (after Stag Hunt, 2004), set largely in London's seedier precincts and featuring colorful hoods, record-industry sharks, Nietzsche-quoting enforcers and cross-dressing power bassists, is fast-paced, brutal and surprisingly meditative. Read full book review >

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THE KNIFE THAT KILLED ME by Anthony McGowan
FICTION
Released: April 13, 2010

"Depicting brutality without a hint of glamour, this tale of alienation and reaction cuts deeply into school culture and the teenage mind. (Fiction. YA)"
Paul Varderman, a Year Nine student at his mediocre local school, is caught between the quiet acceptance of the outcast students and the harsh domination of the school bully, Roth. Read full book review >

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JACK TUMOR by Anthony McGowan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 7, 2009

"Lots of laughs but little else. (Fiction. YA)"
Sarcastic, goofy D-lister Hector Brundy needs a makeover. Read full book review >

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ONE BEAR EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jayme McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Now all this story needs is an audience, and it's sure to drum one up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Themes of inclusivity and individuality will strike chords with readers in McGowan's debut picture book. Read full book review >

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MAID OF DECEPTION by Jennifer McGowan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This quick-paced romance should thrill and engage readers with a penchant for history. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
McGowan takes up the tale of love and espionage in the court of the first Queen Elizabeth where she left off in her debut, Maid of Secrets (2013). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"McGowan closes with a macabre little endpiece on the deceptive tranquillity of an English garden that, while truly black of humor, adds a surprising fillip to the lecture. (line art)"
A schoolmasterish exposition on prey/predator survival techniques from University of Toronto zoologist McGowan. Read full book review >

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When The Devil Flies by Michael McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A fresh approach to WWII fiction.
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Historical fiction about a man thrown back in time, which allows him the opportunity to manipulate the already-known future to his benefit. Read full book review >

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MAID OF WONDER by Jennifer McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"For readers who like their historical romance with a touch of second sight. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
It is the turn of shy Sophia to tell her story in the third of a series about the Maids of Honor, a privileged cadre of five young women assigned to spy for Elizabeth I. Read full book review >

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DEVIANTS by Maureen  McGowan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Exciting, if hardly groundbreaking. (Dystopian suspense. 12-16)"
This first installment in an interesting new post-apocalyptic dystopian series finds the Earth choked with dust that creates paranormal abilities in some humans. Read full book review >

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WHILE THE RIVERS RUN by Wynema McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2013

"A woman out West makes a name for herself in this enjoyable adventure."
A young woman sets out to avenge her husband's death and survive all manner of dangers in the Wild West. Read full book review >