Search Results: "Chris Elliott"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHROUD OF THE THWACKER by Chris Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"If those who devour such novels are willing to laugh at them, Elliott might be a bigger hit on bookshelves than he's been onscreen."
The mysteries of history—and the rash of bestselling novels they've spawned—inspire this slapstick satire that is more fun than the sum of its clichés. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"Fans of Elliott's work will welcome this wacky, fictionalized narrative; others should steer clear."
Comedian and actor Elliott (Into Hot Air, 2007, etc.) spoofs his own life, mixing fact and fiction in this "unauthorized biography." Read full book review >

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INTO HOT AIR by Chris Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"Generic gags, creaky satire. Anyone who's a fan of vintage David Letterman knows that Elliott is a comedy writer capable of strange delights, but none of his weird gifts are on display here."
The star of Cabin Boy and author of The Shroud of the Thwacker (2005) takes on Everest. Read full book review >

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ACROSS A WAR-TOSSED SEA by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Likable protagonists and a fascinating historical backdrop combine for a story well-told. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the companion to Under A War-Torn Sky (2003), 14-year-old Charles and his 10-year-old brother, Wesley, feel stranded in the United States after having fled the London Blitz. Read full book review >

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THE PALE ASSASSIN by Patricia Elliott
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Violent, thrilling and poised for continuation. (cast of historical and fictional characters, historical note, timeline) (Historical fiction. YA)"
An exciting tale of deranged personal revenge plays out during and through the French Revolution. Read full book review >

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MURKMERE by Patricia Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Wonderfully atmospheric and moody—on the border between fantasy and fiction. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Lush gothic fantasy in a culture where religion is based on the Birds of Light and the Birds of Night. Read full book review >

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GIVE ME LIBERTY by L.M. Elliott
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Elliott takes her readers seriously, and her author's note tells more about characters and ideas. (chronology, acknowledgments) (Fiction. 9-13)"
When 13-year-old Nathaniel Dunn apprentices to a carriage maker in Williamsburg and is befriended by Basil, an elderly schoolmaster, he finds himself in the midst of the early excitement over conflicts with England. Read full book review >

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SUSPECT RED by L.M. Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A tense, engrossing story that effectively captures the suspicion and paranoia that prevailed during American history's darkest chapters. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
This historical novel revisits the anxious, fearful time of the Cold War, when blacklists, political profiling, and guilt by association ruined the lives of thousands of innocent people and deeply divided the nation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 1992

"Thank Heaven for Little Girls'' as he ogles his grandson's wife. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Drawing on such popular histories as Nancy Mitford's The Sun King (1966), Elliott, a San Francisco writer, weaves through an informed and absorbing history of Louis XIV's court at Versailles the cloying story of little Adelaide, the ``perfect princess,'' betrothed at age ten to the king's grandson and sent to court to be groomed as the future queen. Read full book review >

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SHADOW by Will Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The narrative terminates in what might be dubbed an anti-cliffhanger: It just stops, and what it all adds up to, or where it's going, is anybody's guess.
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Second, and even more bewildering, entry in the Pendulum trilogy (The Pilgrims, 2014).
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