Search Results: "Iain McCalman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 20, 2014

"McCalman selects his subjects judiciously and writes with flair, creating a multifaceted portrait of one of the world's great wonders."
The history of the Great Barrier Reef told through the stories of men and women who have loved or hated it, lived there, studied it, exploited it or tried to save it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2003

"Small wonder that politicians, poets, and popes were after his head. McCalman opens the files on a fascinating character—a con man for the ages."
A lively bio of the once celebrated, but now little remembered, charlatan and troublemaker. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"An extraordinary true-adventure story, complete with trials, tribulations and moments of exultation."
Sparkling group portrait of the intrepid naturalists who challenged accepted notions about the creation of life and transformed science in the process. Read full book review >

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PIRATE PLUNDER'S TREASURE HUNT by Iain Smyth
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A miniature galleon and tiny pockets of minutiae will be appreciated and played with long after the ruse of doing detective work has faded. (Pop-up. 6-11)"
Pirate's Plunder Treasure Hunt ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 16 pp.; 0-525-45693-7): Yo-ho-ho! Read full book review >

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STONEMOUTH by Iain Banks
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Contemporary, hilarious, gritty—yes, this is genre fiction, and no, the genre doesn't get much better than this."
This novel considers the question of how to return home after a long absence, particularly when your ex-fiancee is the eldest daughter of a local crime boss. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2012

"Loquacious, raving and madly provocative."
The nimble London-based author offers a loose-limbed set of disgruntled observations on the massively disruptive development that became the 2012 Olympic Village. Read full book review >

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HOW TO ROB AN ARMORED CAR by Iain Levison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A lean crime story and a stark alternative to glossier capers."
After boosting a TV, three blue-collar dropouts think they're smart enough to try a far more dangerous heist. Read full book review >

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STONE’S FALL by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"Classy crime fiction, delightfully written, with few straight lines in sight."
A learned, witty and splendidly entertaining descent into the demimondes of international espionage, arms dealing, financial hanky-panky and other favorite pastimes of those without conscience. Read full book review >

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THE SÉANCE by Iain Lawrence
FANTASY
Released: July 8, 2008

"Drawing from several true stories, Lawrence has crafted an elaborate, fun, fast-paced murder mystery with a rich sense of time and place. (afterword, acknowledgments, about the author) (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
Thirteen-year-old Scooter King's mom is a medium, and he's not amused by the "Oh yeah, well my mom's a large" joke. Read full book review >

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THE PORTRAIT by Iain Pears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2005

"A short story's worth of incident floated on a prickly cushion of aphorism."
A Scottish painter meets his English mentor and former friend after many years, in this poisoned miniature from the author of the behemoth An Instance of the Fingerpost (1998) and The Dream of Scipio (2002). Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Sinclair's eccentric style works best when taken in small doses—and with the supplement of a map. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
Walking tour of the neighborhoods and communities that border London's M25 highway: amusing and evocative, but bewildering to those not familiar with the territory. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHTKEEPER’S DAUGHTER by Iain Lawrence
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"A must-read for lovers of tales rich in setting, atmosphere, and human understanding. (Fiction. YA)"
"There was blood and pain, an anguished scream, and the wind howled and shook at the walls . . . ‘And now,' said Murray, with great earnestness, ‘it's clear sailing from here.' " But after Elizabeth's birth, it wasn't easy for the family of four living their insular lives on Lizzie Island on the north coast of British Columbia. Read full book review >