Search Results: "D.J. Taylor"


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KEPT by D.J. Taylor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2007

"A tour-de-force in the style of Dickens. The eccentrics and Victoriana are so captivating that they make up for knowing most of the truth before the finale."
A labyrinthine Victorian tale of insanity, greed, robbery and murder. Read full book review >

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ORWELL by D.J. Taylor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2003

"Like many volumes on the groaning shelf of Orwelliana, this reads more like a conversation with fellow monomaniacs than something for the general public. (16 pp. b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Carping portrait of the English patron saint of left-wing anti-communism, by a biographer who displayed a lot more enthusiasm for Thackeray (2001). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Substantial and thoughtful, written with sympathy and affection. (16 pages b&w illustrations; 40 additional b&w illustrations throughout)"
A critic and novelist (English Settlement, not reviewed, etc.) examines the short, stressful life (1811-63) of the great Victorian writer. Read full book review >

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THE WINDSOR FACTION by D.J. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"A yummy, multi-course meal."
An amusing historical novel and piece of alternative history from Taylor (Derby Day, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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DERBY DAY by D.J. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2012

"A sprawling and expansive novel that will appeal to those who like leisurely paced narratives with authentic 19th-century flavor."
Taylor reinvents the Victorian novel, basing his narrative loosely on W.P. Frith's massive satirical portrait of mid-19th-century English life of the same name. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2009

"Immensely readable, and of real value as a sharply pointed cautionary tale."
British biographer and novelist Taylor (Kept, 2008, etc.) offers a vivid group portrait of the 1920s pleasure-seekers who ought to have been—and sometimes were—characters in Evelyn Waugh's novels. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 2010

"There's a few too many sharp turns for this narrative to be anything but a rough ride. (Horror. 10-14)"
A skeletal sketch he's drawn haunts 16-year-old Marshall (Marsh) Seaver, even as he searches for his missing best friend, Cooper Foley. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK by D.J. MacHale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2011

"From the blood crucibles of Alexander to the encounter with his best friend's dead mother to the mysterious deaths at his grandfather's farm, there are too many plot twists, too much explanation and too little motivation to keep readers journeying down this road. (Horror. 10-14)"
Finding himself dead after a collision with a speedboat, Cooper Foley quickly realizes the afterlife is not as restful as people believe. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH OF BABYLON by D.J. McIntosh
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"More erudite than Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, McIntosh's complex thriller incorporates notes about Babylonian and Mesopotamian cultures plus a bibliography."
As McIntosh's debut adventure novel opens, New York City art dealer John Madison is depressed, in a "black hole." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2015

"Occasionally pointed but often disjointed musings on politics, religion, and popular culture."
According to this wide-ranging manifesto, it's time for women to examine men's leadership failures and turn the world around. Read full book review >

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SWAGBELLY by D.J. Levien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Elegantly emprosed. Calling Jack Nicholson."
Novelist (Wormwood, 1999) and screenwriter Levien herein creates a world-swallowing publishing Gargantua whose hungers mirror those of Bellow's Henderson the Rain King (‘I want, I want, I want!').Read full book review >

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SLEEPING WITH THE CRAWFISH by D.J. Donaldson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Patricia Cornwell Lite, with all the streamlined thrills and gripping forensic detail Donaldson's fans have come to expect."
Still shaken after her kidnapping in Louisiana Fever (1996), psychological profiler Kit Franklyn has banished herself to a menial job at a photography gallery when she gets a hurry call from her old boss, Chief Medical Examiner Andy Broussard. Read full book review >