Search Results: "Javier Sierra"


BOOK REVIEW

SIERRA by Richard S. Wheeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Absorbing and eventful, replete with authoritative details on the mortal risks, primitive conditions, and sometimes rich rewards awaiting those who joined the gold rush to California."
With varying results, two young men seek their fortunes in California after America's successful war against Mexico—in another solid historical from the prolific Wheeler (Cashbox, l994, etc.). Read full book review >

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SIERRA by Diane Siebert
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 1991

"Minor, however, captures some of the high peaks' awesome nobility in his broad, carefully detailed paintings. A valid plea for the environment that will move those not put off by the pretentious text.~(Picture book. 5-10)"
As in Mojave (1988) and Heartland (1989), the land speaks here in first-person verse enumerating its qualities, fauna, geological history, etc. Least successful of the three, this text is awkward and over-earnest. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SUPPER by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2006

"Sierra is a more sophisticated writer than Dan Brown, and he offers fresh perspective on the Renaissance mind."
No mere Da Vinci Code redux, this Spanish bestseller fuses an ecclesiastical whodunit with an A-Z guide to Neoplatonist philosophy and Renaissance symbology. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER OF THE PRADO by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The writing is aimed more at younger readers than fans of The Da Vinci Code, but Sierra's 'fictionalized autobiography' is a lively look at the Prado's great works and the mysteries behind them."
Part personal tour of Madrid's Prado Museum, part spiritual adventure, Sierra's quasi-novel dips into the mystical secrets and hidden prophecies that supposedly inform the works of such great artists as Raphael, Titian, Bosch, Botticelli, and El Greco. Read full book review >

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THE LADY IN BLUE by Javier Sierra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"The book is not always satisfying, but the interest of the material—time travel! music-induced trances! astral projection! larcenous angels with code names and walkie-talkies!—wins out in the end."
An ecclesiastical thriller based on the legend of the Lady in Blue, an apparition said to have prepared indigenous Americans for the arrival of the conquistadores and their missionary Catholicism. Read full book review >

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SIERRA SUNRISE by Dorothy Shamah
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An interesting but incongruous attempt to render a hiker's quest."
In this romance novel, an avid backpacker finds the true meaning of her existence, and overcomes her past, while taking on new experiences during her retirement. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Even so, it is a solid if modest contribution to 19th-century Western history. (22 b&w photos, 3 maps, not seen)"
An academic study of the quest by explorers and later entrepreneurs to find a way over California's mountain wall. Read full book review >

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THE SIERRA CLUB BOOK OF WEATHERWISDOM by Vicki McVey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
This ``Complete Guide for Young Forecasters'' consists of a meandering description of weather and climate, together with experiments and activities to illustrate weather principles. Read full book review >

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CROSSING THE SIERRA DE GREDOS by Peter Handke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"Yeats called it 'the fascination of what's difficult.' Nobody writing today surpasses Peter Handke at trying to make sense of it all."
A complex quest for meaning enriches and encumbers this novel, originally published in Europe in 2000, from the prolific Austrian novelist, playwright and essayist. Read full book review >

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THE SIERRA CLUB BOOK OF SMALL MAMMALS by Linsay Knight
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"How Scientists Group Mammals''; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Like The Sierra Club Book of Great Mammals (1992), this falls somewhere between a reference and a browsing book, with dozens of meticulous color drawings and appealing photos of animals, informally grouped by family or characteristics—small marsupials, canids, rodents, etc.—and accompanied with brief technical descriptions of the classification of each, and short paragraphs on some representative species. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Pretty but marginal. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Color photos and drawings make this survey—including brief discussions of what makes a mammal, early fossil mammals, endangered species, and examples of nine different orders— attractive for browsing. Read full book review >