Search Results: "Iain McIntosh"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING LION by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Precious' keen sense of right and wrong will inspire readers; her powers of observation may inspire budding detectives. (Mystery. 7-11)"
Young Precious Ramotswe again shows why she eventually grows up to be the founder of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Read full book review >

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THE FINER POINTS OF SAUSAGE DOGS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Only two flaws mar Smith's delicate comedy: The 50-page 'Father Christmas' lacks the shorter adventures' light touch, and we never do get to hear the complete text of either of von Igelfeld's crucial lectures. (Illus. throughout with b&w block prints)"
Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld's second volume of adventures is bookended by a pair of memorable lectures and a pair of his own obituaries. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL SHIP <i>TOBERMORY</i> by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An accessible, unpretentious story full of timeless values and goodness. (nautical glossary) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Adventure and derring-do abound on the Tobermory, a sailing-ship boarding school based off the coast of Scotland. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 2012

"One case where an adaptation from an adult book is as much fun to read as the original. (Mystery. 7-12)"
How did Precious Ramotswe, the detective in the bestselling The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, get her start? Read full book review >

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THE SANDS OF SHARK ISLAND  by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A comfortable, wise tale that is more than anything a story of friendship. (backmatter) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The second School Ship Tobermory installment finds the MacTavish twins cementing friendships and solving mysteries in the Caribbean. Read full book review >

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PORTUGUESE IRREGULAR VERBS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Like these lovable antiheroes of the past, von Igelfeld remains a gentle figure who deserves every cartoon anvil that falls on his head but retains his dignity and goodness throughout. (Illus. throughout with b&w block prints)"
First in the three cycles of stories introducing quietly hapless Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, of the Institute of Romance Philology. Read full book review >

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AT THE VILLA OF REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Though the first story is piffle, the second is a worthy apotheosis for Smith's charmingly clueless pedagogue. (Illus. throughout with b&w block prints)"
Smith completes the saga of Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld (see below) with a pair of long stories that transport him to Cambridge University and a faded Colombia salon. Read full book review >

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BURNING MIDNIGHT by Will McIntosh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"This fast-paced urban quest wears its agenda on its sleeve, but it's conveyed with verve and an endearing sense of justice. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A 17-year-old boy and his friends just want enough to survive on in a world where the rich and powerful greedily take everything. Read full book review >

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THE MERCHANT’S MARK by Pat McIntosh
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2006

"A convincing tale of loving families and brutal killers that delves deep into medieval Scottish life."
A return to the closing years of the 15th century reveals a severed head in a brine barrel, a king's missing treasure and a mystery man with an ax. Read full book review >

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DEFENDERS by Will McIntosh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 13, 2014

"McIntosh has his finger on the pulse, again."
Abandoning the domestic sphere he explored so aptly in Love Minus Eighty (2013), McIntosh tells a more global yet still deeply personal tale about life during wartime and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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LOVE MINUS EIGHTY by Will McIntosh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 11, 2013

"Intriguing, quirky, perversely charming and definitely affecting."
Set approximately 100 years after McIntosh's previous work (Soft Apocalypse, 2011), this novel ponders the effect that a 24-hour virtual lifestyle and an almost psychotically appearance-focused culture can have on romance. Read full book review >

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LIVE, LAUGH & LEARN by Roswita McIntosh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A well-intentioned, generous gift to one family's future generations, but lacking in appeal to an outside audience."
German-born McIntosh's recollections of the good and bad times of an interesting life-wartime childhood, occupied Germany, escape from Russia-are admirably upbeat, though not always compelling. Read full book review >