Search Results: "John Brewer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Only a book as rich, diverse, and allusive as Brewer's could do justice to the phenomenal cultural expansion of 18th-century England. (240 b&w illustrations, 8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
In encyclopedic detail and with Johnsonian style and gusto, Brewer expatiates on the cultural development of a Public—reading, listening, and viewing—and the rise of Taste. Read full book review >

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Released: April 26, 1989

A lucid, incisive account of 18th-century Britain's development from a minor player on the periphery of the European theater to an imperial power through the evolution of the modern "fiscal-military" state. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Scholarly, stimulating, significant. (8 pp. b&w illustrations)"
A sensational 18th-century murder sets the author musing about things that annoy and challenge historians: What are facts? What is history? What are the differences between a novelist and a historian? Read full book review >

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GOLDEN MARY by John M. Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2015

"A briskly paced, entertaining historical romance."
In Brewer's (Quests, 2016, etc.) historical novel, a land deal brings romance and mortal danger into the life of a member of the House of Commons in 1536.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"This one just tries too hard. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Proving that you can't have your blood and drink it too, this shallow vampire tale waffles between vamp/camp and purported somberness. Read full book review >

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FIRST KILL by Heather Brewer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Closing with a threat from a mortal enemy, Brewer's narrative provides a compelling back story for Vlad's fans to sink their teeth into, with more to come. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)"
The other side of Vladimir Tod's world. Read full book review >

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ON A BEAM OF LIGHT by Gene Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2001

"Will you wonder if the very smart prot is real when you finish? Only if you're as young as Drew Barrymore in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial."
Brewer brings back the 357-year-old visitor from another planet who first appeared in his debut novel, K-Pax (1995). Read full book review >

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THE CEMETERY BOYS by Heather Brewer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 30, 2015

"A slick, spooky, chilling mystery. (Horror. 12-16)"
Stephen's family returns to his father's hometown in search of a fresh start, but the town's dark history threatens to swallow them whole. Read full book review >

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CUTTHROAT by Steve Brewer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The Brewer prose is clumsy, his characters nuance-free, but the Brewer (Monkey Man, 2006, etc.) plotting is operatic enough to counterbalance boredom."
The family Sheffield: hugely rich and powerful—and murderously dysfunctional. Read full book review >

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MADNESS by Zac Brewer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"With an ending that's more hopefully ever after than happily, it'll satisfy fans of 1980s-style coming-of-age stories who wish the girls in them were more willing to walk away from abusive boys. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her release from the mental hospital where she was treated after a suicide attempt, Brooke Danvers feels as if a part of her actually died while the rest was scooped out of the Black River by the old man who saw her jump in. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

K-PAX III by Gene Brewer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2003

"Go for it."
Following K-PAX (1995) and On a Beam of Light (2001), here's the last volume in the Worlds of Prot trilogy, benefiting from the captivating film version of volume one. Dr. Brewer of the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute thought he'd integrated all of Robert Porter's multiple personalities when his patient at last left the institute, married journalist Giselle, and had son Gene, named after Brewer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2001

"A nutritious but heavy loaf that lacks the leavening of felicity. "
In sturdy but ordinary prose, a freelance historian tells the complicated story of the war that took the life of Lord Byron and freed Greece from Ottoman rule. Read full book review >