Search Results: "Derek Wilson"


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TRIPLETREE by Derek Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 2004

"Amiably silly stuff, though Gye spends way too much time recapping the plot in his journal entries and discussions with his magazine-editor wife Katherine. Popular historian Wilson (In the Lion's Court, 2002, etc.) plans a sequel."
Cotswold parapsychologist and university lecturer Nathaniel Gye must decide in his debut whether ghosts are harassing a Jacobean manor house. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Okay as a locked-van puzzle, but weighted down with Gye's journal entries and outré escapes from gangster widows, international conspiracies, and ectoplasmic manifestations."
Cambridge University parapsychology lecturer Nathaniel Gye comes to the aid of a corpse. Read full book review >

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THE NATURE OF RARE THINGS by Derek Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Okay as a locked-van puzzle, but weighted down with Gye's journal entries and outré escapes from gangster widows, international conspiracies, and ectoplasmic manifestations."
Cambridge University parapsychology lecturer Nathaniel Gye comes to the aid of a corpse. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Better as two good biographies than one mediocre one. (16 pages b&w illus.)"
Veteran historical biographer Wilson (The Astors: Landscape with Millionaires , 1993, etc.) takes a long look at England's Charles I and the man who ultimately caused his downfall. Read full book review >

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THE ASTORS 1763-1992 by Derek Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"A first-class version of a saga that bears retelling, though somewhat flawed by the author's transparent efforts to explain away the errancies of latter-day Astors. (Sixteen pages of illustrations, plus family trees dating back to 1620)"
An absorbing if occasionally exculpatory chronicle of the moneyed Anglo-American clan whose founding father and scions made frequently problematic names for themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A readable overview that demonstrates Luther's wide-ranging impact on the world, then and now."
A new look at one of Christian history's most pivotal characters. Read full book review >

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CHARLEMAGNE by Derek Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2006

"Lacks the technical and stylistic sparkle of great popular history, but is nonetheless informative and even provocative."
Charlemagne not only conquered much of Europe but also created the idea of "Europe," one that has lasted far longer than the empire, which began to fracture soon after his death in 814. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1997

"As anarchic and disorganized as Christianity itself, this book might be useful as a source of anecdotes for sermons or lectures. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A Catholic and a Protestant ransack the last 500 years in a search for some unifying characteristics of modern Christianity. Read full book review >

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GLADYS GOES OUT TO LUNCH by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Like Gladys's bananas, Anderson's story is simple comfort food, with eye-candy artwork providing a welcome dash of spice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Gladys is a gorilla (never mind that she's purple, for there is more color on these pages than a harlequin's Technicolor dream coat). Read full book review >

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HOW THE EASTER BUNNY SAVED CHRISTMAS by Derek Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A fast pace, broad humor and silly puns add to the effort, as do the super-sized illustrations in neon-bright, jewel tones, but the overall effect is rather frenetic. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Santa is injured by a falling toy train on Christmas Eve, Mrs. Claus phones the Easter Bunny to save the day. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE STOLE MY BELLY BUTTON by Derek Yu
by Derek Yu, illustrated by Derek Yu, developed by Derek Yu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2013

"A bit rough around the edges, but any mention of 'belly button' will reliably elicit gales of giggles from younger readers and listeners. (iPad storybook app. 4-6.)"
Considerably more polished of software design than art, story or orthography, this bilingual episode features a thoroughly cute ninja panda who discovers the peril of napping outdoors without covering up. Read full book review >