Search Results: "Christine Morton"


BOOK REVIEW

PICNIC FARM by Christine Morton
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1998

"Everyone gathers down by the stream for a feast of milk, bread, cake, and other good things in an idealized scene of rural bounty, but a cozy one; the primitive paintings in vibrant Easter-egg colors make for a very sunny outing. (Picture book. 4-6)"
All the goods from the animals and produce from the garden create a delicious picnic for a farmer, his wife, and their young visitors. Read full book review >

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THE HUNT FOR THE SEVENTH by Christine Morton-Shaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Younger readers may be disturbed by the all-too-real details of the children's deaths, but all in all, this is a fairly age-appropriate scary read just in time for Halloween. (Horror. 11-14)"
A supernatural mystery that should please tween fans of Coraline (2002) and The Last Apprentice (2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RIDDLES OF EPSILON by Christine Morton-Shaw
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"A clever conundrum. (Fiction. YA)"
Ciphers, codes and other puzzles abound in a British fantasy that uses the immense conflict between dark and light beings at the core of its magic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Not for beginners, who will find William Sheehan's The Planet Mars (1996) a better place to start. But for enthusiasts: this will be the Mars book of the year."
English science journalist Morton reconstitutes the Mars myth for the Net generation, showing how our mapping of the Martian landscape has brought into focus the "blotchy but beckoning" planet observed by 19th-century astronomers. Read full book review >

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A WINDOW ACROSS THE RIVER by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A modest tale of quiet sincerity, good-natured and freshly narrated, but it needs more bite than Morton's dull characters can provide."
Morton (Starting Out in the Evening, 1998, etc.) describes the complicated emotional life of a writer who cannot resist putting her friends into her stories. Read full book review >

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17 CARNATIONS by Andrew Morton
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"Morton insists that Edward never really wanted to be king and implies that Simpson never wanted to marry him. A better book would begin in Spain and focus on the damning papers, saving readers all the silly bits and innuendo of Simpson's affairs."
Morton (William & Catherine: Their Story, 2011, etc.) takes a break from his unauthorized biographies of the rich and famous to dig into the archives regarding the incompetent King Edward VIII and his American wife, Wallis Simpson.Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"This otherworldly blog-novel will appeal to only the most adventurous readers."
A relentless, bizarre phantasmagoria rattled off in a series of bloglike episodes. Read full book review >

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THE DISTANT HOURS by Kate Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"After a lengthy buildup, which doggedly connects all the characters, however peripheral, there's a rewarding, bittersweet payoff in the author's most gothic tale yet."
A letter points the way to a castle in Kent, which harbors decades of grim secrets, in Morton's latest (The House at Riverton, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE NO. 2 FELINE DETECTIVE AGENCY by Mandy Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"The mystery is gossamer-thin, the detective work modest, the characterization ditto, and the puns—well, you already know how you feel about them. But everyone who suspects that cats have always run the world will be at least a bit curious about how that works out in an alternate reality."
Tired of watching Lilian Jackson Braun's Koko and Yum Yum get upstaged by that do-nothing Jim Qwilleran? Wish the sleuthing pets in Rita Mae Brown's tales had even more prominent roles? Morton's debut, featuring an all-feline cast running amok in something like modern England, is the answer to your prayers. Read full book review >

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FIRE THE PRETTY GIRL by John Morton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2014

"An entertaining memoir about a successful corporate career."
Morton's autobiography focuses on his career path from the ordinary world of restaurant management to the exciting milieu of corporate speechwriting. Read full book review >