Search Results: "Emily Croy Barker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THINKING WOMAN'S GUIDE TO REAL MAGIC by Emily Croy Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2013

"Think of this book as Hermione Granger: The Grad School Years. An entertaining tale capably told."
Debut novelist Barker turns in a pleasant if largely predictable fantasy yarn. Read full book review >

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TEA TO SEE
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault

Cover Story: Drink Me
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Twist
Bonus Factor: Tasseomancy
Relationship Status: Not Seeing A Future

Cover Story: Drink Me

I like this cover well enough—the shattered teacup is a little on the nose, but the painting-like quality and dark tones ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABARAT by Clive Barker
by Clive Barker, illustrated by Clive Barker
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Still, with three promised sequels on the way, many readers will, like Candy, want to 'trust to Mama Izabella' to take them somewhere worth the trip. (Fiction. 12+)"
A new series revives the almost-extinct genre of the fantasy travelogue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABARAT:  ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT by Clive Barker
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"All in all, fans will revel and newcomers will be baffled. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The long-awaited third book of Barker's series has finally arrived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MENDING HORSES by M.P. Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"An absorbing look into a patch of past not often examined. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
In this sequel to A Difficult Boy (2008), 16-year-old Daniel Linnehan, now released from his indenture and the owner of a chestnut mare named Ivy, finds freedom difficult to manage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

#ESOCIETY by David Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A disturbing, affecting, and unforgettable work that remains upbeat while asking difficult questions about society."
A self-made British internet entrepreneur leaves a comfortable life to discover why so many people remain trapped in poverty and unemployment in this debut autobiography and manifesto. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLEAR by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2005

"Kudos to Barker for pulling that off. The novel itself is another story."
The British author (Behindlings, 2002, etc.) riffs amusingly on a recent historical incident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEHINDLINGS by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"An exasperating, beguiling, and occasionally damn-near perfect piece of work."
One man leads, a band of misfits follows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERVILLE by Clive Barker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"Never mind."
A shelf-cracking sequel to The Great and Secret Show (1989) that begs the question: Is this sort of hermetic dross really worth the felling of defenseless forests? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISTER B. GONE by Clive Barker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"An affected and pathetic narrative—nothing would be lost by confining it to the ninth circle of Hell."
Any narrative that begins "Burn this book" definitely merits attention—unfortunately, readers would be much better off were they to heed this advice. Read full book review >