Search Results: "Brian McMullen"


BOOK REVIEW

HANG GLIDER & MUD MASK by Brian McMullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Unusual not so much in its binding (there have been others) as in its willful but engaging opacity. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Geometric shapes, matte colors and agitated line create energy and movement in this surreal kind-of love story that is possibly not aimed at children at all. Read full book review >

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LET'S DANCE, GRANDMA! by Nigel McMullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"This intergenerational story has an ending sure to satisfy. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A young fox tries to share her passion for dancing when her grandmother comes to visit. Will she succeed in getting Grandma up on her feet? Read full book review >

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IT’S TOO SOON! by Nigel McMullen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A snuggly last-book-of-the-night read that both adults and children will appreciate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
As any caretaker knows, toddlers hang onto their day with a sticky-fingered grip, and for Anna, who is being looked after by her Gramps, the skill at delaying bedtime is finely honed. Read full book review >

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NOT ME! by Nigel McMullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A keen look at sibling relations tempered with a generous dose of humor. (Picture book. 3-7)"
McMullen's tale of two brothers takes a wry look at sibling bonds. Read full book review >

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VOYAGE OF THE SHADOWMOON by Sean McMullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Exciting, suspenseful, vividly believable, and great, clever fun: a major fantasy-award contender."
From the author of the Greatwinter Trilogy (Souls in the Great Machine, 1999, etc.), a brilliantly inventive, marvelously plotted sea-faring fantasy that both mocks and surpasses genre expectations. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL SIN by Beth McMullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2011

"Sally's slapdash, offhand delivery is fun even though the exposition is laborious and the payoff too long delayed—perhaps anticipating the second planned Sally Sin Adventure."
In McMullen's debut, a former spy tries to forget her past and lead a "normal" life as a Bay Area wife and mother—if only her past would forget her. Read full book review >

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EYES OF THE CALCULOR by Sean McMullen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Beamflash to North American SF fans: Australia Forwarding Huge Fun by Moonwing."
Librarians still rule the world in volume three of the Australian McMullen's Greatwinter trilogy. Read full book review >

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A SMALL COUNTRY LIVING GOES ON by Jeanine McMullen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Even if you don't know a whistle stick from a thistle stick, you'll find this one glows. (Eight pages of full-color illustrations.)"
``It is spring again in the valley,'' and for BBC radio host McMullen, time for further vibrant episodes in her personal and professional quest for the breadth of country lore. ``Little has changed but much has happened'' since My Small Country Living (1984) and Wing in the Ash Tree (1988) were published. Read full book review >

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SOULS IN THE GREAT MACHINE by Sean McMullen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 22, 1999

"A stunning idea—the Calculor's as real as if McMullen had built it in his backyard—with an utterly convincing setting, breathtaking developments, and a captivating narrative."
Far-future tale from the Australia author of The Centurion's Empire (1998). Read full book review >

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THE CENTURION'S EMPIRE by Sean McMullen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 16, 1998

"An entertaining but vastly improbable jaunt through history as it wasn't."
Time-hopping, episodic first US appearance for Australia resident McMullen. Read full book review >

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MRS. SMITH'S SPY SCHOOL FOR GIRLS by Beth McMullen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"A sassy, new spy series with a spunky heroine, multitalented sidekicks, and tense, rapid-fire adventure. (Mystery. 9-13)"
Unexpectedly enrolled in a prestigious boarding school, 12-year-old Abigail suddenly finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mission for a secret spy ring. Read full book review >

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VOIDFARER by Sean McMullen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A vibrant, thoughtful, spectacular adventure-drama that sags only a trifle towards the end. McMullen borrows freely, but weaves his own magical comedy of horrors. The result: a blast."
Imagine Alexandre Dumas's account of H.G. Wells's Martians invading Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Read full book review >