Search Results: "D.M. Cornish"


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FOUNDLING by D.M. Cornish
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Fine story and universe, but overblown, especially the 100-page glossary and largely unnecessary appendices. (maps, metric conversion table, sketches, glossary, appendices) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
This epic fantasy, though solidly based in classic form (lonely orphan may secretly be someone special), flounders under cluttered writing. Read full book review >

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LAMPLIGHTER by D.M. Cornish
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

Cornish again buries a likable protagonist and perfectly viable plot under a mountain of obscure words and pretentious prose in this overweight sequel (Foundling, 2006). Read full book review >

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FACTOTUM by D.M. Cornish
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Readers new to the series should start with the first volume; fans will be more than satisfied. (Fantasy. 12-15, adult)"
Cornish finishes off his Foundling's Tale trilogy (originally dubbed Monster Blood Tattoo) while repeatedly coming perilously close to finishing off his central characters in a riveting string of brangles with bogles and even more vicious human foes. Read full book review >

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GHOST SHIP by Kim Wilkins
ADVENTURE
Released: May 27, 2008

"Airborne spy ships, a run-in with a hideous Sea Hag and an attack by spiders give this episode plenty of memorable moments; Magic Tree House graduates and fans of Tony Abbott's Secrets of Droon series and the like will enjoy it. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Two royal children set out to rescue a younger sibling they had thought dead, in this slim setup volume. Read full book review >

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Expired Listings by D.M. Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A buoyant, commendable mystery that piles on red herrings with ferocity and glee."
In this debut thriller, a woman decides to look into the murders of fellow real estate brokers when it seems that someone's setting her up as a patsy. Read full book review >

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ANATHEMA by D.M. Ross
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"An attractive package whose contents are too brief and cryptic to register."
A tiny volume (2 & 5/8 inches by 3 & 3/4 inches) purporting to offer "a complete understanding of everything." Read full book review >

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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION by D.M. Thomas
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Skip it."
Thomas (The White Hotel, 1981, etc.) is an expert recycler, doing his best to keep the literary environment clean of any especially fresh idea or slant. Read full book review >

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UNHOLY GHOSTS by D.M. Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Distinctive, subtle flavors here—but not everyone's cup of tea."
Deaconess Theodora Braithwaite's second venture as unofficial sleuth (Clerical Errors). Read full book review >

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1918 by David Cornish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2013

"Affecting characters and dramatic storytelling overcome an occasionally argot-laden plot."
A U.S. physician with a specialty in infectious diseases fights against the 1918 influenza pandemic in Cornish's debut work of historical fiction. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"A moving tale of survival in war-torn Europe."
During World War II, an American soldier escapes his German captors and struggles to make it back home alive in this historical novel based on a true story. Read full book review >

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EATING PAVLOVA by D.M. Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Drivel."
Thomas (Pictures at an Exhibition, 1993, etc.) slips further down the greasy pole toward literary ignominy in this trashy account of Sigmund Freud's final days. Read full book review >