Search Results: "Jeanne Kalogridis"


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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Fun."
Last of the Dracula trilogy begun with 1994's Covenant with the Vampire (not reviewed) and Children of the Vampire (1995), and a tasty feast it is. Read full book review >

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I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING TIMES by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Despite surface similarities—Goddess worship, a heroine whose virtues run against the grain of conventional wisdom, initiation rites—Mists of Avalon fans will be disappointed by this pale imitation."
With the completion of her vampire trilogy (Lord of the Vampires, 1996, etc.), Kalogridis turns her attention to 14th-century France in a labored myth about worshipers of the Goddess (Diana or Mary Magdalene, take your pick) whose survival is threatened by Catholic orthodoxy. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"A snoozy contribution to the cottage industry of vampire publishing."
The second in a proposed trilogy (Covenant with the Vampire, 1994, not reviewed): an atmospheric, intermittently sexy, over-subplotted prequel to Bram Stoker's classic. Read full book review >

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NERVE by Jeanne Ryan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"If characterization and theme are obvious, the pacing is nevertheless relentless, and readers will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl who's always stage crew, never the star, finds herself in the limelight when she's chosen as a finalist in a disturbing Internet-based reality game. Read full book review >

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THE CITY OF EMBER by Jeanne DuPrau
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2003

"The cliffhanger ending will leave readers clamoring for the next installment. (Fiction. 9-13)"
This promising debut is set in a dying underground city. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2006

"This will disappoint Ember's fans, but those who read this offering with no series expectations will find it a provocative read with an appealingly conflicted protagonist. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With the U.S. teetering on the brink of war and her father off on a secret government job, 11-year-old Nickie's trip with her aunt to the small town where her great-grandfather lived and died is a welcome break from reality. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"The author doesn't quite tell us to abandon all hope, but it's certainly not reassuring to read how easily governments move from defensive programs against bioweapons to offensive use and abuse."
Chilling history of biological and chemical weaponry from WWI to the present. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF EMPIRE by Jeanne Mackin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"A richly intelligent and charming spellbinder."
The author of The Frenchwoman (1989) and The Queen's War (1991) again imaginatively (but responsibly, judiciously) samples French history and here constructs a witty, lightly satirical, entertaining amalgam of murder, greed, and revenge, all peculiarly attached to a kind of treasure hunt for an ancient Egyptian stela— a slab of stone picturing the goddess Hathor (appropriately, the goddess of love and laughter). Read full book review >

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ROOTLESS by Jeanne Farewell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2014

"A clever contribution to that popular subgenre, the satirical academic novel."
Novelist Farewell (In the Lighthouse, 2012, etc.) gathers together a covey of academics (and one outsider) who are literally on the trail of the mysterious Henry Radcliff, a Victorian novelist. Read full book review >