Search Results: "James Hamilton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE IRE OF IRON CLAW by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"The swift pace, quirky humor, and general steampunkery should hold the interest of readers—especially the mechanically and electronically inclined. (Steampunk. 9-12)"
In series opener The Mesmer Menace (2014), the Kennewickett clan foiled the world-conquering plans of the evil pigeon Iron Claw and mesmerizing magician Madini, but recent acts of sabotage at the Automated Inn suggest the dastardly duo have returned to commit more mayhem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"A fascinating portrait of two extraordinary people, of a culture, of a country—a refreshing reminder of the powerful presence of ambiguity in human beings and in human affairs. (3 maps)"
The sensational careers of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos are set in the context of Philippine culture and political history. Read full book review >

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GRIEFWORK by James Hamilton-Paterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The damp, fecund exchanges in this enclosed space are at times inspired and disturbing, but thinly misted melodrama and shallowly rooted characters ultimately undo the magic of the tale's premise."
The prolific, British-born Hamilton-Paterson (Ghosts of Manila, 1994, etc.) gives his familiar theme of expatriates and endangered habitats a twist, here portraying a complex, otherworldly gardener as he copes with the chaos in postWW II Europe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A STRANGE BUSINESS by James Hamilton
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A fascinating, consistently entertaining exploration into the exploding business of 19th-century art."
A noted historian weaves a brilliantly colorful tapestry. Read full book review >

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THE TICK-TOCK MAN by Kersten Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"The strongest volume yet in an enjoyable series that keeps getting better. (author's note) (Steampunk. 9-12)"
"Generations of Kennewicketts have excelled at blowing things up." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Some light moments on mythical islands, some straightforward history, and some high-tech mapping of the sea floor are also included in this very personal and well-informed collection—and, yes, we do find out what happened to that swimmer stranded at sea."
Hamilton-Paterson—Englishman, novelist (Gerontius, 1991, etc.), poet, journalist, traveler—has written an impressive book reflecting all these attributes. Read full book review >

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MARKED FOR DEATH by James Hamilton-Paterson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Best of all, the author—who has a solid body of fiction to his credit—is a consummate storyteller; not only does the book tell a fascinating story, it is nearly impossible to put down."
World War I was a time of vast changes, notably the development of aerial combat. Here's a look at how it came to be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MUSIC by James Hamilton-Paterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"No wrong notes or hackneyed refrains, just intelligent stories deftly done but without much lingering resonance."
As the title suggests, 15 stories with musical themes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOSTS OF MANILA by James Hamilton-Paterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A pity."
Set in post-Marcos contemporary Manila, this novel from versatile British writer Hamilton-Paterson (The Great Deep, 1992, etc.) is riveting as a work of docufiction but less satisfying as a conventional novel. Read full book review >

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AMAZING DISGRACE by James Hamilton-Paterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Whatever the novel lacks in terms of literary depth or character development it makes up for in laughs."
A British satirical novel skewers celebrity autobiographies, environmental activism and the idyllic life in Tuscany. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG FIB by Tim Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"A sweet, if uneven, story. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A fib made right paves the way to intergenerational friendship. Read full book review >