Search Results: "John Dickinson"


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THE WIDOW AND THE KING by John Dickinson
FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2005

"Only the protagonists' ages mark this as a YA novel; its subtle depths demand careful attention that will reward any thoughtful devotee of speculative fiction. (Fantasy. YA)"
In an intelligent, literate sequel to The Cup of the World (2004), Ambrose, the adolescent scion of Tarceny, must pay the price of his deceased father's foray into politics and sorcery: raised in exile, keeping constant watch over his demonic ancestor, the secret instigator of the civil strife despoiling the feudal kingdom. Read full book review >

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THE FATAL CHILD by John Dickinson
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"By no means an easy read, it is immensely rewarding, for older teens or adults with the courage to make the journey. (Fantasy. YA)"
The culmination of a superlative fantasy trilogy offers a heartbreaking vision of violence, failure, betrayal, sacrifice and redemption. Read full book review >

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THE CUP OF THE WORLD by John Dickinson
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Dark and intelligent—for the sophisticated fantasy reader. (Fantasy. YA)"
A medieval kingdom's power struggle mirrors one young woman's inner turmoil. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Rich visuals and an unusual mystery make this short novel an intriguing read."
The rare murder among neighboring tribes forces a young Native American man to quickly grow up as he hunts his father's killer in Dickinson's novel. Read full book review >

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THE YELLOW ROOM CONSPIRACY by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1994

"East End criminals, racketeering landlords, a dead body, and cricket'' with echoes of The Good Soldier and Brideshead Revisited and end up with as delectable a ragout as ever you've tasted."
In tantalizingly alternating chapters, Jewish Etonian Paul Ackerley and Lady Lucy Seddon recall the tangled events that, back in 1956, led them and Lucy's sisters to murder and a media firestorm at the height of the Suez crisis. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, SWEET PRINCE by David Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Something like a masculine Anne Perry novel that finally collapses from the sheer weight of the tragedy and immorality perpetrated by the two Princes."
Most people probably have some notion that Queen Victoria's son, the Prince of Wales, was an uninhibited adulterer (his liaison with Lilly Langtry was notorious). Read full book review >

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DEATH CALLED TO THE BAR by David Dickinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"Dickinson (Death of a Chancellor, 2005, etc.) charmingly explains teatime, cricket innings, punting on the Thames and the drawing up of wills, all within the confines of a classic Victorian whodunit."
The financial underpinnings of the Inns of Court in Victoria's day. Read full book review >

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SOME DEATHS BEFORE DYING by Peter Dickinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1999

"An intricate mystery, beautifully told, as usual, by one of the genre's leading spellbinders (The Yellow Room Conspiracy, 1994, etc.)."
Ninety-year-old, bedridden Rachel Martin (—the provinces of her body gone for good") lies waiting to die. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A CHANCELLOR by David Dickinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"An oddly pleasant excursion that, in spite of subterranean ecclesiastical dangers, remains staunchly Anglican rather than Gothic."
Fresh from a tour in South Africa to shape up Her Majesty's Boer War intelligence, Lord Francis Powerscourt (Death of An Old Master, 2004, etc.) takes on a challenge concerning war conducted by the church militant. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A PILGRIM by David Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Powerscourt's eighth (Death on the Holy Mountain, 2008, etc.) is a Ten Little Indians on wheels that alternates descriptions of charming people and places with devices to keep readers in suspense."
A latter-day religious pilgrimage becomes a trail of death. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"These strange, sometimes beautiful tales might find their best readership among those who think they have moved beyond YA. (Fantasy and science fiction short stories. 14 & up)"
Twice before, Dickinson teamed up with his wife, Robin McKinley, to create short story collections centered on elemental themes; now he concludes the elemental quartet with this solo collection of earth and air stories. Read full book review >

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THE TEARS OF THE SALAMANDER by Peter Dickinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2003

"Complex characters, spectacular magical and natural outbursts, taut plotting, and atmospheric writing unite in a coruscating exhibition of storytelling. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In the wake of Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits (2002), co-authored with Robin McKinley, Dickinson offers an extended tale braided with fire. Read full book review >