Search Results: "David Boyle"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2005

"Pleasant, light reading. Whether fact or fiction, the tale of Blondel never fails to tug at the heartstrings."
British journalist Boyle (The Sum of Our Discontent, 2004) examines a favorite medieval legend. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Easily satisfies Boyle's premise that telling the customary three stories as one sheds valuable light on the Age of Exploration and its portent."
A new view of the connections and intrigues that bound together the New World's principal discoverers. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN FLY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

Acclaimed writer Boyle presents 12 of his previously published short stories, plus one new story, in this collection intended for teens. Read full book review >

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DEAD BALLAST by LC Boyle
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"While the bare bones of the plot and the characters are inherently interesting, much retooling and polishing of the basic elements would be needed to make the story function as a workable thriller."
Even hard-bitten security consultants can get in over their heads, as is made clear in Boyle's novel introducing the team of Miles Warwick and Lucy Clewes. Read full book review >

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THE HARDER THEY COME by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2015

"Boyle's vision and ambition remain compelling, though his characters here seem like plot devices."
Violence corrodes the ideal of freedom in an ambitious novel that aims to illuminate the dark underbelly of the American dream. Read full book review >

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RIVEN ROCK by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Vintage Boyle: a freakishly inventive black comedy, populated with irresistible eccentrics, that leaves a bracing and bitter aftertaste."
Division and separation are the dominant themes of Boyle's dark-hued and deftly plotted seventh novel, which bears strong incidental resemblances to his earlier World's End (1987) and The Road to Wellville (1993), though it displays a richer Dickensian brio throughout. Read full book review >

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THE TERRANAUTS by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Amid the changing allegiances and alliances, sex eventually has consequences, though the reader wearied by two years of this might not much care."
Soap opera, satire, and religious allegory find an uneasy balance within this earthbound version of a space colony. Read full book review >

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DROP CITY by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Probably the fullest picture of the hippie culture of the late '60s since Marge Piercy's early fiction, and one of Boyle's best."
Boyle's protean imagination works overtime in his thickly plotted ninth novel, a big, racy tale of the conflict between a radical utopian commune's idealistic visions and the simpler imperatives of survival in the Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >

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BORDERLINE by Gerry Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"Jack's fourth (Potshot, 1997, etc.) features as much sound and fury as a summer movie blockbuster, though it's just as likely to leave you scratching your head at the fadeout."
Freelance journalist Jack McMorrow thinks he's come to little Scanesett, Maine, to research Benedict Arnold's 1775 trek to attack the fortifications of QuÇbec. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"This clear, methodical, dispassionate representation of Goethe is especially timely given the tumultuous social and intellectual changes in contemporary Germany, its reunification and cultural reassessment reminiscent of Goethe's lifetime."
Massive (800 pp.) and excellent first volume of a projected two-volume biography by Boyle (German/Cambridge) of the protean genius Goethe. Read full book review >

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A FRIEND OF THE EARTH by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"The comedy and color are muted, though still unmistakably present, in a daring story that blends the contrasting extremes of Boyle's energetic sensibility in a way that bodes well for his always interesting and highly readable fiction."
Boyle's eighth novel reenters the risky territory of social concern and criticism that has proved a trap for his least characteristic, and weakest, fiction (East is East, 1990; The Tortilla Curtain, 1995). Read full book review >