Search Results: "John Flanagan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EMPEROR OF NIHON-JA by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Here's hoping a break will restore zing to future adventures. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The 10th and final full-length episode in an alternate-Earth series that's just about reached its sell-by date unites the five members of the central cast in yet another rescue mission to a distant land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BURNING BRIDGE by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"It all adds up to a winning formula that should prove out to a long, steady run for this above average series. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
More absorbing, straight-arrow adventures set in the medieval, alternate world kingdom of Araluen and featuring the three apprentices introduced in The Ruins of Gorlan (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FATHER FLANAGAN LAMENTS by Denny Goetz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"Don't expect a Legion of Decency recommendation for this snide condemnation of Catholic corruption from the ecstatic point of view of a heroically flawed protagonist."
In Goetz's debut novel, Father Emery Flanagan, though a venerable and thoughtful priest, wrestles agonizingly with the fleshly temptations and sin surrounding his ministry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOURNAMENT AT GORLAN by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Light on action, and heavy on witty banter, this prequel series kickoff is more for confirmed fans than those just coming to know the Rangers. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Lord Morgarath, the baron of Gorlan Fief, has been systematically dismantling the Ranger Corps, a band of soldiers appointed to protect the kingdom of Araluen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BATTLE FOR SKANDIA by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers who hate tales that end in cliffhangers will also appreciate the definite (though probably deceptive) feeling of resolution at the close. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Taking up where the previous episode, Icebound Land (2007), left off, the latest chapter in this unusually well-founded heroic fantasy reunites the four central characters—then sends them back into the hands of the (Viking-like) Skandians to defend these erstwhile enemies against an invading army of (Mongol-like) Temujai. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ICEBOUND LAND by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"The author hasn't expended much effort to develop original cultures or characters, but—repeated side comments and references to past events aside—his fluent writing, engaging protagonists and credibly choreographed fight scenes will keep readers involved. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A mild case of middle-volume-itis afflicts the third episode in this increasingly popular fantasy series, as Flanagan alternates short chapters to weave a double-stranded tale that advances the main story only an inch or two while filling out the page count with incidental adventures and repetitive explanations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RUINS OF GORLAN by John Flanagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

Sturdily competent fantasy from a veteran Australian screenwriter, this quartet opener introduces five teenaged orphans raised together in the medieval-like kingdom of Araluen, focusing on the apprenticeship of wiry, clever Will to a mysterious scout/spy, and on Will's changing relations with oversized, rival-later-friend Horace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 1992

"Splendid tales of combat, but don't look here for what it all meant."
An Air Force officer's vigorous account of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY FLANAGAN AND THE HOLY GHOST by Margaret Skinner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Opulent detail cloaked in whispered prose makes Skinner's tale as subtly artless as Molly's own self-discovery."
Skinner's second novel, which picks up where Old Jim Canaan (1990) leaves off, tells the genuine, tender, and wise tale of young Jim Canaan's family in the voice of his daughter, whose lazy eye encourages a unique vision of the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN TANA by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2017

"For the setting and era alone, this ripping adventure yarn offers sufficient rewards."
Set in 19th-century Hawaii, a historical novel stars a handsome young hero. Read full book review >