Search Results: "Jo Walton"


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STARLINGS by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind."
Award-winning sci-fi novelist and essayist Walton shares her poetry, a play, and assorted short fiction, accompanied by lengthy insights about writing each work and complaints about not getting paid. 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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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 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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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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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 >

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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 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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THE GENIUS PLAGUE by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Tonally the love child of Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Aldiss' SF classic Hothouse, this is a page-turner of the highest order."
When mycologist Paul Johns returns home to Maryland from the Amazon rain forest in Walton's (Supersymmetry, 2015, etc.) latest, he is a changed man. Read full book review >

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MISSISSIPPI by Anthony  Walton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"As for the rest, Walton adds little to our understanding of the pressing tensions between blacks and whites. (12 photos, not seen)"
A young black journalist returning to find his roots in Mississippi makes the unsurprising discovery that circumstances there have been generally unfavorable to African-Americans. Read full book review >