Search Results: "I.J. Kay"


BOOK REVIEW

MOUNTAINS OF THE MOON by I.J. Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2012

"A wild, sometimes disorienting but impressively crafted novel."
Cruel parenting, violence and rootlessness fail to sap a young woman's spirit of survival in a striking debut. 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 >

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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 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 KAY'S ALPHABET SAFARI by Dana Sullivan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"Kids will enjoy the silliness, and there's lots of potential for the classroom. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Themed alphabet books are like the Little Engine that Could—they just keep on comin'. Read full book review >

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BLACK ARROW by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Akitada's fourth adventure, as beautifully written as his first three, keeps his wife Tamako in the background but adroitly develops his three sidekicks."
Akitada and his team (The Hell Screen, 2003, etc.) probe two mysteries in 11th-century Japan. Read full book review >

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THE MASUDA AFFAIR by I.J. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Akitada's stately seventh case (The Convict's Sword, 2009, etc.) builds slowly, but the character development and plot foundations in the first half pay dividends in the closing chapters, especially for series fans."
A strange little boy leads a veteran detective on a remarkable odyssey. Read full book review >

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THE HELL SCREEN by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2003

"Plot and mysteries aplenty. Though his prose could still use less starch, Parker effectively captures this colorful ancient culture."
Eleventh-century Japanese sleuth Akitada (Rashomon Gate, 2002) faces family turmoil and multiple mysteries in a richly appointed historical yarn. Read full book review >

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RASHOMON GATE by I.J. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 22, 2002

"The slow, measured prose suits Akitada but not the devilish Tora, and the whole production would benefit from less plot and more oomph."
Though 11th-century Japan has no professional sleuths, nobleman Sugawara Akitada has earned a reputation as the next best thing, a gifted amateur whose detective work offers a welcome change of pace from his humdrum routine as a government clerk. Read full book review >

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THE FIRES OF THE GODS by I.J. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2011

"A brisk and well-plotted mystery with a cast of regulars who become more fully developed with every episode."
At a time of personal and professional turmoil, an 11th-century sleuth must also clear himself from suspicion of murder. Read full book review >

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THE CONVICT’S SWORD by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The elegance and deliberate pace of Akitada's sixth case (Island of Exiles, 2007, etc.) are appropriate to the hero's character and satisfying on their own. Abundant historical detail adds interest to the pro forma mystery."
An 11th-century Japanese sleuth solves two killings that strike uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >

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BALTHAZAR FABULOSO IN THE LAIR OF THE HUMBUGS by I.J. Brindle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Sleight of hand behind this bag of tricks is all too slight, no magic here. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
When his stage-magician family vanishes for real, can Balthazar find them? Read full book review >