Search Results: "Clare Clark"


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THE GREAT STINK by Clare Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Significantly flawed, but very much worth reading."
Excrement happens in this impressively researched first novel, which earned its London author an Orange Fiction Prize nomination. Read full book review >

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THE NATURE OF MONSTERS by Clare Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Clark has talent and energy to burn. But she's burning both up in wasteful displays of gratuitous pyrotechnics."
A seduced and abandoned maiden's tribulations in early 18th-century London are recounted with almost frightening gusto in the British author's successor to her debut historical novel, The Great Stink (2005). Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL LIES by Clare Clark
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Long, intricate and very well-realized: a page turner for the smart set."
A well-rendered novel of extraordinary lives in Victorian London. Read full book review >

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WE THAT ARE LEFT by Clare Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Vivid, layered, and provocative period drama about the trade-offs of backing tradition versus letting go."
Twice longlisted for the Orange Prize for stories set in distant eras, Clark (The Great Stink, 2005; Savage Lands, 2010, etc.) takes on the dicey task of revitalizing Edwardian aristocrats grappling with the heir loss and social change ushered in by World War I. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE LANDS by Clare Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2010

"Although finely textured, this oblique, murkily downbeat tale often loses its thrust in the details."
Poetic, powerfully visualized yet oppressive account of French settlement in Louisiana during the early 18th century. Read full book review >

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THE BEST PICNIC EVER by Clare Jarrett
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Would that every visit to the park could feature such a satisfying rumpus. (Picture book. 3-6)"
With big, loosely drawn color-pencil sketches, Jarrett lays out a minimal but tempting playscape: a seemingly deserted park that sprouts large and delightful friends for a solitary lad to romp with while his unflappable mother lays out a picnic. Read full book review >

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CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2014

"Bloated. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The myriad magical, societal and romantic story threads of two series and nine books conclude without living up to the series' purple promise. Read full book review >

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SHADOWHUNTERS AND DOWNWORLDERS by Cassandra Clare
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Self-serving, but enjoyable for committed fans. (Nonfiction 15-18)"
A selection of essays about the Mortal Instruments series edited by the series' author offers a couple of gems and a lot that's not. Read full book review >

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CLOCKWORK PRINCE by Cassandra Clare
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A purple page turner. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
This sequel to Clockwork Angel (2010) pits gorgeous, attractively broken teens against a menacing evil. Read full book review >

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CITY OF GLASS by Cassandra Clare
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 24, 2009

"Derivative though it may be, melodramatic emotional wallowing has never been so much fun. (Fantasy. YA)"
How could things possibly work out for Shadowhunter Clary in this trilogy conclusion? Read full book review >

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NATURAL FLIGHTS OF THE HUMAN MIND by Clare Morrall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2006

"Not so much a failure as a missed opportunity—a potentially nuanced story about one's capacity for forgiveness that gives way to movie-of-the-week sentimentality."
A pair of solitary souls confront their old ghosts in Morrall's follow-up to the Man Booker-nominated Astonishing Splashes of Colour (2004). Read full book review >