Search Results: "Jo Walton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >

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THE PRIZE IN THE GAME by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Best installment yet."
Third in the Tir Tanagiri series (The King's Peace, 2000; The King's Name, 2001), set on a mythical island kingdom where Arthurian characters are renamed in Welsh. Read full book review >

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THE KING’S PEACE by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Walton's debut, though lacking in tension and excitement, thoughtfully reweaves Arthurian legend with history into a vivid, fluent narrative."
Curious Arthurian fantasy from a Wales-resident newcomer. Read full book review >

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NECESSITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Engaging food for thought."
A trilogy which began as an almost-dry intellectual exercise ends as a glorious kitchen sink of genre, combining philosophy, time travel, aliens, and the gods. Read full book review >

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TOOTH AND CLAW by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Silly when not plain dull: a mediocre soap with bloody trappings."
It would be wonderful to report that Walton offers a bold new step in the world of fantasy, takes the standard knights/swords/dragons huggermugger and turns the whole thing upside-down. Read full book review >

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THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"This is novel as study guide: Mary Renault meets undergraduate Philosophy 101."
What happens when the goddess Athene tries to establish Plato's Republic on Atlantis, populated with a few hundred philosophers plucked from 2,500 years of history, more than 10,000 manumitted slave children and a handful of robot workers? Read full book review >

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MY REAL CHILDREN by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Science fiction elements add an eerie complexity to these deeply felt portraits."
Walton (Among Others, 2011, etc.) creates an engaging fictional biography of one woman's life lived two different ways. Read full book review >

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FARTHING by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"Despite a rather fumbling approach, Walton's sinister political conspiracies pack a considerable wallop."
Alternate-world murder mystery from the author of Tooth and Claw (2003), etc. Read full book review >

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THE KING’S NAME by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Arthurian cycles can be more engaging than Walton's fantasia (see Haydn Middleton's trilogy)—but fantasy fans will ask for more."
Walton began her Arthurian fantasy cycle with The King's Peace (2000), in which the famous characters bear Welsh names and visionary King Urdo, ruling at Caer Tanaga, strives to bind his disunited nobles against the yellow-haired Jarnish invading Tir Tanagri. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JO MALONE by Jo Malone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A moving and revealing account of the author's passion for business and personal success."
Turning yourself into an upscale brand is extremely difficult. Fragrance guru and entrepreneur Malone chronicles how she did just that. Read full book review >

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JO-JO AND THE FIENDISH LOT by Andrew Auseon
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Lacking both the authentic relationships of Daniel Water's Generation Dead (2008) and the creative reinterpretation of Gabrielle Zevin's Elsewhere (2005), this novel just fades into the mist. (Horror. YA)"
Dead musicians guide a newly deceased teen in his search for his missing—and also "passed"—girlfriend. Read full book review >

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YO, JO! by Rachel Isadora
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"The depiction of a little boy so thoroughly at home in his community is a delight to see in these suspicious days of stranger danger: Jo is indeed Peter's direct—and very welcome—descendant. (Picture book. 2-6)"
While big brother Franklin waits on the stoop for Grandpa to arrive home for dinner, Jomar engages every passer-by in an exuberant exchange of urban slang. Read full book review >