Search Results: "Dave Duncan"


BOOK REVIEW

ISADORA DUNCAN by Sabrina Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

"A somewhat sanitized portrait; Duncan might have preferred something bolder."
Cartoonist Jones takes an admiring glance at the truncated life and roller-coaster times of the woman who traversed three continents to revolutionize dance. Read full book review >

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FEARLESS DAVE by Bob Wilson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Children trained to expect action on every page may find the episode a bit wordy and slow-going, but there's certainly food for thought here, as well as an amiable, silly story. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Younger readers who prefer their tales of knightly valor straight up should eschew this droll, double-stranded import. Read full book review >

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DUNCAN GRANT by Frances Spalding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The only thing missing from these hundreds of exhaustively researched pages is Duncan Grant. (8 pages color, 16 pages b&w illustrations)"
A full-bodied but strangely affectless biography of the minor English painter and decorative artist. Read full book review >

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MOTHER OF LIES by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2007

"Unfortunately, Duncan left most of the magic and excitement behind in volume one; this tepid, soporific and well-padded follow-up works hard only at setting up yet more sequels—not a thrilling prospect."
Sequel to Children of Chaos (2006), a fantasy set on a non-spherical planet—a physical impossibility, as Duncan cheerfully admits. Read full book review >

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IMPOSSIBLE ODDS by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Something like a fantasy whodunit—agreeably knotty and misleading, though not the best of this reliable series."
Fifth in the series of fantasy yarns about the King's Blades, those bodyguards magically bound to defend their ward to the death (Paragon Lost, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE CURSED by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"A truly ingenious scenario, with excellent characters and a reliable plot: continually surprising, charming, and engrossing despite the rather flat ending—Duncan in top form."
In Duncan's new fantasy (The Living God, 1994, etc.), few who contract ``star sickness'' survive; those who do are Cursed, afflicted with wild, uncontrollable magic talents that may be destructive or beneficial, or both. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF CHAOS by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2006

"Duncan's mad plots, dark intrigues, vivid cast and lashings of magic leave many engrossing mysteries to be elucidated in volume two."
New fantasy, the first of a duology, from the estimable Duncan (The Jaguar Knights, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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PAST IMPERATIVE by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Another winnerkeep all eyestalks extended for Round Two."
First installment of a projected fantasy trilogy from the author of the splendid The Cursed (p. 350), etc. In 1914, just as WW I breaks out in Europe, young English gentleman Edward Exeter awakens in a hospital ward with a smashed leg and only scattered memories, and under police guard as a murder suspect. Read full book review >

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THE LIVING GOD by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, Duncan is an agreeable narrator: His plots add up and his characters have personalities."
Final installment of Duncan's tetralogy (most recently The Stricken Field, 1993) set in Pandemia, land of gods, sorcerers, and numerous human varieties, where the insane dwarf sorcerer Zinixo has enslaved many of the world's magicians and now threatens to make the arrangement permanent. Read full book review >

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CAVEBOY DAVE by Aaron Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A lively series opener. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In a time when brawn is prized, a scrawny caveboy must use his brains to pass an initiation and hunt a fierce beast. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE SAINTS by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An authoritative reworking of history, combining a splendid welter of religious and political intrigues with Duncan's typically inventive, deft handling of magic and character-driven action. After some rather inattentive efforts in the past few years, the author is back in top form."
Second installment of the versatile, talented Duncan's latest historical fantasy, following Speak to the Devil (2010), set in Jorgary, a fictional country in late 15th-century Central Europe. Read full book review >

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THE JAGUAR KNIGHTS by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Lackluster: Duncan simply grafts on some magic to an obvious real-world historical backdrop. A series that's run out of steam."
Another of Duncan's fantasies about the King's Blades (Impossible Odds, 2003, etc.), superhumanly skillful swordsmen/bodyguards magically bound to defend their ward to the death. Read full book review >