Search Results: "John Bellairs"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"As usual, Bellairs leads his readers through a twisty plot, but the twists are disappointingly convenient and predictable."
"Johnny gasped in terror—the man had no eyes. Streaks of blood ran down from empty black sockets. 'They took my eyes,' the man moaned." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"The usual taut narrative, intriguing puzzle, interesting types—but risky in that Johnny's psyche comes to seem part of the pattern."
In vital respects, very like The Curse of the Blue Figurine (p. J-112), last season's spooky debut of young Johnny Dixon and his eccentric old neighbor Professor Childermass; but a letdown only on that score. Read full book review >

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THE TROLLEY TO YESTERDAY by John Bellairs
Released: April 15, 1989

"Brace yourself for a wild, herky-jerky, tongue-in-cheek ride, not as gruesome as Eyes of the Killer Robot, but full of danger nonetheless."
In his closest approach yet to self-parody, Bellairs sends an assortment of characters back in time for a series of surreal, hair-raising adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1988

"Entertaining, possibly, but too predictable to hold much suspense."
In a sequel to The Treasure of Alpheus Winterborn and The Dark Secret of Weatherend, Anthony Monday, his best friend Miss Eels (an elderly librarian), and her brother (described with some truth by the villain as a "rabbity little know-it-all") defeat the powers of evil—as invoked by an antique dealer who has stolen a magic lamp set up as part of the "bell, book, and candle" charm. Read full book review >

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THE SPELL OF THE SORCERER'S SKULL by Edward Gorey
Released: Nov. 1, 1984

"A disappointing follow-up, then, but brightly inventive enough (especially in the creepy dollhouse notion) to provide a new chill or twist every few pages."
The third, least compelling adventure for Johnny Dixon—the 1950s boy-hero of The Curse of the Blue Figurine and The Mummy, the Will, and the Crypt. Read full book review >

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THE FACE IN THE FROST by John Bellairs
Released: Feb. 17, 1968

"Fidgeta."
By the author of the lively St. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1990

"Additional copies of Bellairs's earlier titles would be a better investment."
A disappointing addition to a popular series: Much-loved Father Higgins falls prey to the evil spirit of a powerful knight, Masterman. Read full book review >

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THE CHESSMEN OF DOOM by John Bellairs
Released: Nov. 1, 1989

"Thanks to the professor and Johnny, it's not the end of the world—but perhaps it should be the end of this formulaic series."
With the jacket and a frontispiece by Edward Gorey, Bellairs' seventh book—about Johnny Dixon and the ever-cranky Professor Roderick Childermass—features a British villain who conjures up dark forces to advance his plans to take over the world. Read full book review >

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THE MANSION IN THE MIST by John Bellairs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"More digestible than some of the author's recent offerings, with all three main characters taking active roles. (Fiction. 10-13)"
"Would you enjoy living in a world lit by misty moonlight, a world where plants scream and vines try to grab you?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1966

"This is definitely not a book for that shockable little-old-lady-in-Dubuque, but it will delight the hearts and minds of everyone who believes that there is room for laughter in our Father's house."
It is supposed to be a sign of emotional maturity to be able to laugh at oneself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1984

"But Miss Eells remains a no-nonsense, imperfect guardian angel—and there's a nice balance most of the way through between folksy charm and gently intense suspense."
Some of Bellairs' recent sorcery/mystery-adventures (e.g., The Curse of the Blue Figurine) have made the characters as important as the spookery. Read full book review >