Search Results: "Gavin Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

SAYLES ON SAYLES by John Sayles
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1998

"An invaluable companion piece to Sayles's films. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This in-depth look at the work of one of America's most successful maverick filmmakers is another fine contribution to Faber and Faber's ``Directors on Directors'' series. Read full book review >

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SEE NO EVIL by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2009

"It's a muddle, with good parts but no center. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Coram Boy (2001) again tells several affecting tales at once—but here they're all weighed down by a baroque literary artifice and a gooey, simplistic ending. Read full book review >

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THE BLOOD STONE by Jamila Gavin
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2005

Rich prose punctuated by changes of tense and person create a dreamlike atmosphere for this tale of a lad who travels from Renaissance Venice to the India of Shah Jahan to ransom his errant father. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF TREACHERY by Gavin Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"The culprit is forgettable; the murder method, ingenious but wildly implausible; and the parade of real-life cameos, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Ian Fleming, increasingly tiresome. Even so, Forrester is excellent company, and fans will surely want to read his further adventures."
Screenwriter Scott's debut novel welcomes an Oxford don home from World War II with the spectacle of a colleague disliked by him and everyone else dead beneath his best friend's lodgings. Read full book review >

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STAY AWAKE, BEAR! by Gavin Bishop

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NATALIE WOOD by Gavin Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Full of informed and intelligent observations regarding both Wood's mindset and the politics of Hollywood, but ultimately a wearying, depressing portrait. (65 photos)"
An easily familiar biography of the actress, from a personal friend who fails to connect some of the critical pieces in her puzzle. Read full book review >

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ROOM FOR BEAR by Ciara Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Just ducky. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Creating a blended family demands a new choice in housing in Gavin's picture-book debut. Read full book review >

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K-9 by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Read full book review >

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CORAM BOY by Jamila Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"This is the stuff of high melodrama, and readers of the genre who will be swept along by the theatrics will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 11-16)"
This historical novel, winner of the 2000 Whitbread Award, deals with one of the more lurid and fascinating bits of English history. Read full book review >

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JOSH BAXTER LEVELS UP by Gavin Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Smartly paced and emotionally engaging, a book even those who have never held a controller will enjoy. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A video game-obsessed middle schooler tackles his third new school in two years. Read full book review >

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3 OF A KIND by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A totally satisfying third round of bonding à la Knightley (you know, with kidnapping, sleuthing, disguises, and murder). (Mystery. 10-14)"
Sunblock protects Anglo pallor from the unrelenting Western sun, but it doesn't do much for fending off the Combination's villainy. Read full book review >

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MAINLY ABOUT LINDSAY ANDERSON by Gavin Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2000

"Like a good detective, Lambert manages to uncover the salient clues to personality, creativity, and enduring friendship—in a business not known for long alliances. (55 b&w photos)"
An ambitious biography of the well-respected British film and theater director, told by his close friend Lambert (Nazimova, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >