Search Results: "Guy Gavriel Kay"


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A SONG FOR ARBONNE by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Complex and compelling: one of the most impressive fantasies in a long time."
Kay's latest is very much in the vein of his well-received Tigana (1990): an exhilarating epic fantasy based loosely on medieval history. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER TREE by Guy Gavriel Kay
Released: Oct. 31, 1985

"Direful, portentous stuff, with a cast of thousands, a blur of scenery, and patchy dramatics: impressively wrought but overcomplicated and coolly unengaging."
The intricate but sprawling and chilly opener of a trilogy entitled The Fionavar Tapestry—from an author whose claim to fame is that he helped Christopher Tolkien edit J.R.R.'s Silmarillion. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The historical setting is lush, well-researched, and well-painted, but Kay runs a risk of readers finding the history to be his strongest character."
Kay (River of Stars, 2013, etc.) makes another incursion into a world but a quarter-turn from our own past in a historical fantasy connected by a thin thread of continuity to his Lions of Al-Rassan. Read full book review >

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LORD OF EMPERORS by Guy Gavriel Kay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 7, 2000

"Essential reading for all Kay fans."
This second installment of Torontoresident Kay's latest fantasy epic, following Sailing to Sarantium (1999, not reviewed), brings to a conclusion the story of Crispin, the mosaicist. Read full book review >

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THE LION OF AL-RASSAN by Guy Gavriel Kay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A notch below Kay's peak form, but still on a higher level of artistry than the work of almost any other current fantasy writer."
Kay's recent work has built up fantasy worlds based on Mediterranean models: Tigana (1990) was modeled on Italy, A Song For Arbonne (1993) on Provence. Read full book review >

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TIGANA by Guy Gavriel Kay
Released: Sept. 7, 1990

"A bravura performance, nearly impossible to put down unfinished anywhere in the last 300 pages; odds are we'll see it on more than one award ballot next year."
Kay is probably best known for his neo-Arthurian trilogy, "The Fionavar Tapestry," which drew mixed notices; this big new novel should establish him as an important independent voice. Read full book review >

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THE WANDERING FIRE by Guy Gavriel Kay
Released: June 27, 1986

"Gnarled prose, heavy-handed proceedings, lots of mythological borrowings and not too much originality: the recipe as before, in short, and thus only for enthusiasts."
Book Two of the trilogy begun with The Summer Tree (1984); alas, like its predecessor, hard-working but overwrought, overcomplicated, and dourly unengaging. Read full book review >

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RIVER OF STARS by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2013

"Lucid and lyrical, and skillfully written, with the sweep of an old-fashioned Pearl S. Buck or James A. Michener saga."
An elegant, imaginative inhabitation of Song-dynasty China of 1,000 years ago by prolific historical novelist Kay (A Song for Arbonne, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DARKEST ROAD by Guy Gavriel Kay
Released: Nov. 17, 1986

"Fans only."
Book three of the fantasy trilogy (The Summer Tree, 1984; The Wandering Fire, p. 752), winding up the prodigiously heavy struggle between the numerous good guys and the legions of the evil Rakoth Maugrim. Read full book review >

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KAY DARLING by Laura McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Delightful, funny, and real: The authors have managed to uncover the twisted and often hilarious souls of their characters without a hint of pretense or sentimentality."
A collaborative debut that follows the uneven journey of three young Canadians whose paths cross and join as they attempt to put their lives in some kind of adult order. Read full book review >

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KAY THOMPSON by Sam Irvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An extremely entertaining chronicle of one of the most distinctive and absurdly gifted personalities in the history of show business."
Funny-faced girl makes good: the extraordinary career of Kay Thompson (1909-1998). Read full book review >

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KAY BOYLE by Joan Mellen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Precise in detail, panoramic in scope, psychologically subtle, more than a literary biography, like Boyle herself, it is social and political history, a film waiting to be produced."
The prolific Mellen (Creative Writing/Film, Temple Univ.) brings a literary talent as well as cinematic eye to the family saga of Kay Boyle (1902-92), an epic life reflecting the great literary and political events of the century. Read full book review >