Search Results: "Derek Landy"


BOOK REVIEW

SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT by Derek Landy
FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2007

"Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A high-intensity tale shot through with spectacular magic battles, savage mayhem, cool outfits, monsters, hidden doors, over-the-top names, narrow escapes, evil schemes and behavior heroic, ambiguous and really, really bad. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Landy gives the term 'deadpan humor' a whole new meaning; readers who prefer their heroes laconic and their action nonstop are in for a wild ride. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In a kicking sequel to Skulduggery Pleasant (2007), 13-year-old Valkyrie Cain (née Stephanie Edgley) and her bony, ever-dapper mentor face off against both a sorcerer rated "11" on the 10-point Evil Villain Scale and the more-or-less unkillable chimera he raises up to summon back some terrifying elder gods. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Rattling good fun. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
It's another near squeak for humanity as the laconic, more-or-less dead detective with the natty fashion sense and his young adrenaline-junkie sidekick Valkyrie Cain (née Stephanie) face off against the Diablerie—an all-too-capable gang of supervillains who always seem to stay one step ahead in their scheme to bring the vengeful Elder Gods back to this plane. Read full book review >

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A LETTER TO TIA by Don Landy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2013

"A poignant, sometimes-heartbreaking love song to Landy's special pets."
Landy (Unconditional Love, 2011), in this memoir, chronicles the emotional highs and lows of helping a dog through devastating illness. Read full book review >

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TEN PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"Toddlers will enjoy this, the cleanest piggy count ever. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Ten pigs in a tub?! That can't be fun. Read full book review >

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TEN HUNGRY PIGS by Derek Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A snack-time (and storytime) treat. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Peanut-butter-and-jelly's a great snack for a pig and a duck…until nine unwanted guests show up. Read full book review >

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TIEPOLO'S HOUND by Derek Walcott
Released: April 1, 2000

"An artist himself, his painterly techniques are brought to bear in this masterful, lavish, and detailed work."
Winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, the prolific Walcott has also won the Queen's Medal for Poetry, the Guinness Award for Poetry, and a Royal Society of Literature Award, among many other honors. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A plausible, modest, and sensible understanding of the fever in which van Gogh lived and worked. (8 pp. b&w, 8 pp. color illustrations)"
Art and garden historian Fell investigates the relationships, mostly with women, that marked the painter's life, showing how they reflected his thwarted emotional development. Read full book review >

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WYW by Derek Dollahite
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"This YA narrative is full of quiet fury, and it's remarkable watching its protagonist harness it."
In this debut YA techno-thriller, a computer-savvy teenager continues to develop a code language that his deceased father began. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2002

"Remarkable research, a masterful synthesis—but lacking an animating panache. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A novelist and popular historian (The King and the Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1499-1649, 1999, etc.) argues that the six wives are far less significant to our understanding of Henry VIII than the six Thomases who served him: Wolsey, More, Cromwell, Howard, Wriothesley, and Cranmer. Read full book review >

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THE COASTS OF BOHEMIA by Derek Sayer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A rare 'crossover' book that will appeal to both scholars and general readers interested in Central Europe, modernism, and debates about national identity."
An unconventional and original look at Czech history, examining the "artifacts of national culture," both large and small. Read full book review >