Search Results: "John Brandon"


BOOK REVIEW

CITRUS COUNTRY by John Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"If Flannery O'Connor wrote Holden Caulfield as a child-snatcher, this is the mess she would make."
An adolescent boy in rural Florida attempts to find himself in this Southern Gothic novel from Florida native Brandon (Arkansas, 2008). Read full book review >

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FURTHER JOY by John Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"An impressive collection, cleareyed and penetrating."
Following three novels (A Million Heavens, 2012, etc.), Brandon offers his first story collection: 11 offbeat, open-ended tales in which unmoored people make impulsive decisions. Read full book review >

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DRAGONWATCH by Brandon Mull
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans of the series will welcome a new story arc stocked with familiar characters, settings, and adventures. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
After narrowly averting a demon apocalypse in the previous series, Fablehaven sibs Seth and Kendra face a new threat to the world. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE SEA! by Brandon Dorman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"As pirate fare goes, this is far from the only ship on the sea, but it does sail along smartly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate yarn sails familiar territory in satisfyingly rollicking fashion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise."
Photographer and author Stanton returns with a companion volume to Humans of New York (2013), this one with similarly affecting photographs of New Yorkers but also with some tales from his subjects' mouths.Read full book review >

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SKY RAIDERS by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Sequels are certain, and they should be welcomed by all who like plenty of 'odd' in their odysseys. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The creator of the Fablehaven series gets his newest venture off to a literal flying start. Read full book review >

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ROGUE KNIGHT by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A flaccid, phoned-in sequel. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In this second series installment, young Cole enters the second of five kingdoms in the otherworldly Outskirts, is exposed to a second culture and a second flavor of magic, and battles a second monster made of stolen magic as he continues the search for his fellow earthly kidnappees. Read full book review >

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WILD BORN  by Brandon Mull
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Should satisfy readers hungry for a new fantasy series. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The appearance of the Four Fallen Great Beasts in Erdas signals the re-emergence of an evil power long forgotten. Read full book review >

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LOOSE AMONG THE LAMBS by Jay Brandon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

It only begins when the fat lady sings, as San Antonio D.A. Mark Blackwell (Fade the Heat, 1990) learns in this crackling tale of a child-abuse confession too good to be true. Read full book review >

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ELANTRIS by Brandon Sanderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"A cut above the same-old, but hardly a classic."
Debut author Sanderson serves up an epic fantasy novel that is (startlingly) not Volume One of a Neverending Sequence. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"The author struggles at times to maintain her focus—too much context obscures rather than illuminates—but she never loses her profound empathy and passion for her subjects' travails."
Biographer and cultural historian Brandon (The People's Chef: The Culinary Revolutions of Alexis Soyer, 2005, etc.) traces the lives of some 18th- and 19th-century governesses, whose lot was even bleaker than that of their counterparts in Victorian fiction. Read full book review >