Search Results: "Arthur Conan Doyle"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SIGN OF FOUR by Arthur Conan Doyle
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 19, 2013

"The app has some visual appeal and usefulness to newcomers to Holmes, but it shouldn't be confused for a serious critical edition. (Requires iOS 6 and above.)"
A Sherlock Holmes classic is supplemented with essays and addenda. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"It's a popularity that has kept The White Company in print without interruption since 1891."
The creator of Sherlock Holmes took so much greater pride in a series of carefully researched historical novels that posterity has largely forgotten that he tossed his best-loved hero into Reichenbach Falls in order to head off the temptation to revive him. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 10, 2016

"Yes, it's lovely, but since it's neither complete nor very interestingly edited, there's no reason to prefer this volume to any of the Holmes collections out there already. Even the print is tiny."
Given the free-wheeling approach the television series Sherlock takes to the Sacred Writings, you'd expect a selection of the Holmes stories chosen and introduced by producers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat to be equally offbeat. But you'd be wrong. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Budding Holmesians not yet ready to tackle the originals will certainly get a taste of what's in store. (map, reading list) (Graphic mystery. 10-12)"
A bit of nautical skullduggery leads to a brutal former sea captain's murder in this graphic adaptation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2002

"In one sense a sobering portrait of broken sports dreams, but also a reminder that uncertainty and risk sometimes enhance our joy."
Veteran National Public Radio personality recharges by spending a summer broadcasting minor-league baseball. Read full book review >

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A B SEE by Elizabeth Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"While the tiny images will make this a challenge for young babies, the large number of objects to identify means they will return to it again and again as their vocabularies expand. (Board book. 1-4)"
Hundreds of tiny, subtly raised images to study and name make a lovely, tactile alphabet book that can be enjoyed far longer than most ABC books. Read full book review >

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PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

"A work of maturity and grace."
Irish writer Doyle's fourth novel (The Van, The Snapper, etc.)—and the just-announced 1993 Booker Prize winner: a story that depicts with remarkable acuity that extraordinary intensity of response that is at the heart of childhood. Read full book review >

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OH, PLAY THAT THING by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2004

"An uncharacteristic misstep in a brilliant writer's estimable career."
Terrorist Henry Smart, the memorable IRA antihero of Doyle's superb sixth novel (A Star Called Henry, 1999) makes an imperfect conquest of America in this widely ranging sequel. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A great way to better understand the man behind the garish glasses and platform boots."
Veteran rock journalist Doyle (Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, 2014, etc.) continues his foray into the 1970s music scene with a compelling profile of an unlikely rock star. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Impressive feats from an important soldier, but the book has the ring of an official military account."
The inspiring story of one soldier in Iraq in 2006 determined to make peace with warring tribal factions. Read full book review >

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ACCORDING TO KIT by Eugenie Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The coming-of-age conclusion is satisfying, and the descriptions of Kit losing herself in the music as she performs ballet steps will strike a chord with those who love dance. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
For 15-year-old Kit, life on a Vermont farm with its daily dose of milking the cows is quite fine. Read full book review >

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JODY'S BEANS by Malachy Doyle
Released: April 1, 1999

"The story resembles a fine reduction sauce, as Doyle's imagery and newcomer Allibone's delicate, framed watercolors yield a rich, concentrated delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This smart little story from Doyle, about growing a tepee of runner beans, can be extended to take in the big canvas—life itself—but its charm resides in the focus on a singular natural event. Read full book review >