Search Results: "Hugh Laurie"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GUN SELLER by Hugh Laurie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 1997

"Still, every episode is awash with giggles, even if the whole production seems directed at audiences who think Get Smart would have worked better as a six-hour BBC series."
It's no surprise that this fey first novel from British TV comedian/writer Laurie (Jeeves and Wooster, etc.) should feature an updated Bertie Wooster pitched headlong into international intrigue, terrorism, and really embarrassing scrapes. Read full book review >

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RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE by Giles Andreae
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"With more animal magnetism than techno bells and whistles, this safari succeeds at every turn. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Animal antics abound in this colorful zoological primer for the preschool set. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"But as this doesn't seem aimed at a scholarly audience, it will probably satisfy (and possibly enlighten) its intended readers. (glossary, selected bibliography, picture credits, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
For anyone who has ever wondered about the lives of real princesses, these seven chapters provide some eye-opening narrative. Read full book review >

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AN ECHO OF JUSTICE by Hugh Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Miller (Home Ground, Snow on The Ground, etc.) has a nice eye for the gray area between justice and revenge, though his police officers divide too improbably into savage brutes and tenderhearted gents."
Rough justice among the British constabulary as compassionate Inspector Mike Fletcher sweats to save fugitive cop-killer Steve McMillan (what could have made this scared kid kick Sgt. Read full book review >

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SAME BED, DIFFERENT DREAMS by Hugh Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1991

"Strong passages and emotional resonance indicate quality craftsmanship, but ultimately this is a jumble of good impressions rather than a coherent story."
Utilizing Gross's firsthand knowledge of the country and its way of life, but curiously detached and disjointed, this first novel offers a view of modern Japan in crisis, focusing on the decay of a middle-class Japanese family in which the parents are placed at cross purposes by social conventions and personal needs. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY KILLER by Hugh Fleetwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Despicable Tom, though, may linger in your memory like a bad restaurant meal."
Euthanasia-minded terminal cancer patient meets disturbed young man who just might oblige—even if the patient changes his mind about getting killed—in this overdrawn page-turner from the prolific Fleetwood (The Past, 1987; Paradise, 1986; etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A novel, ingeniously executed approach to the inspiring man whose dollar-bill likeness is arguably the most reproduced painted image in history."
Art historian Howard (Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson, 2006, etc.) persuasively asserts the centrality of the first president to the first flowering of American painting. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Worth reading, but only with your willing suspension of disbelief fully engaged."
A strange foray into the history of the Third Reich that posits skullduggery and conspiracy in the matter of the SS leader's celebrated suicide. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Vividly told, full of striking detail, and utterly fascinating."
The shift from hunting to farming is a major watershed in human history. Here, an anthropologist describes the worldview of surviving hunting cultures. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL COLOR by Hugh Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Now he's one to wait for."
A follow-up to 1993's endearing Everything Looks Impressive, with a whiplash funny sprint through the merciless memory of the late-1980s overstuffed art scene. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Provides much to reflect on today its discussion about the political and military quest for control and dominance of raw materials."
A densely packed narrative of the reign of Emperor Charles V, with emphasis on the conquest of those parts of Latin America allotted to Spain in the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494). This is the second volume in a projected trilogy, following Rivers of Gold (2005). Read full book review >

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The Goodwill Vultures Club by Hugh Willard
Released: May 15, 2013

"Amusing but perhaps spread a bit too thin."
A wounded pet vulture helps Buzz, a soon-to-be fifth-grader, connect with new human friends after the pet lights up the life of a special needs child and her family. Read full book review >