Search Results: "Diane Redfield Massie"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BABY BEEBEE BIRD by Diane Redfield Massie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2000

"Hooray for the return of the baby beebee bird. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Massie's zoo tale from 1963 gets a colorful remake, thanks to a set of typically effervescent illustrations from Kellogg (The Three Sillies, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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Sangre de Cristo: The Blood of Christ by Wesley Redfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"Will leave readers eagerly anticipating a sequel and wondering about the fates of its characters."
Redfield's debut work of historical fiction is a compelling journey into New Mexico's early history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1993

"Clear writing and research, but heavily clinical."
Study of manic depression and inspiration that for many will be a hard read but that makes its points convincingly—if only fragmentarily—chapter by chapter. Read full book review >

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THE SINS OF THE FATHER by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 1992

"The sins of the fathers are indeed visited with a vengeance more plot- than character-driven, and, despite some good things, there are too many convenient coincidences and too much pretentious analysis for the big questions raised."
Specializing in giving real people and events a light fictional touch-up, veteran British writer Massie (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.) now examines the destructive legacy of an Eichmann-like character and a Holocaust survivor, whose children meet, marry, and part. Read full book review >

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TIBERIUS by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"More a sententious plod."
Another fictionalized biography from British veteran Massie of an ancient great (Let the Emperor Speak, 1987, etc.)—though, here, the Roman emperor Tiberius sounds more like a US president complaining about Congress than an imperial swashbuckler. Read full book review >

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THE EVENING OF THE WORLD by Allan Massie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"A good portrait of an often-overlooked period, Massie's account takes a you-are-there approach that ends up feeling more like Forrest Gump than I, Claudius."
The first of a planned historical trilogy is set in the last days of the Roman Empire as Massie (Tiberius, 1993, etc.) follows the wanderings of a young nobleman in service to the Emperor. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"A palatable history lesson that might help untangle the royal lineage web for American readers."
A well-fashioned history of the remarkable Scottish monarchs. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR THE KING by Allan Massie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Some will quibble at the Da Vinci Code-like deconstruction of papacy and Church, but most will applaud a brisk, elegant narrative free of the New Age gibberish that infects most modern Arthurian sagas."
Historical novelist Massie unrolls the familiar knightly yarns with some fresh, unusual twists. Read full book review >

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A SONG IN THE NIGHT by Bob Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"A testament to the strength and goodness within the human spirit."
Born with hemophilia, Massie's childhood combined bouts of intense pain and disappointment with unabashed joy and lavish family affection. In this moving memoir, the author (Loosing the Bonds, 1997) recounts how this doubled-edged environment laid the foundation for a life filled with compassion and activism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Hardly a page-turner, but a vivid account that will satisfy anyone with an interest in the Great War."
A monumental study of the maritime aspects of WWI, drawing on a great cast of characters and revisiting little-known battles and watery tombs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"An excellent introduction that will lead older children (and adults) to the music. (author's notes, chronology, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
At three, Mozart heard his older sister play the clavier and copied her. Read full book review >

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SIGNED, ABIAH ROSE by Diane Browning
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 25, 2010

"America. (author's note, further reading) (Picture book. 6-10)"
In a book that instantly evokes and sustains old-fashioned charm, readers meet young Abiah Rose, who lives in the Genesee River Valley sometime in the 18th century. Read full book review >