Search Results: "John Flanagan"


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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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

ADELE by Mary Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Henry James might have disapproved, but one suspects he would have devoured every page of Adäle with agreeably guilty pleasure."
A highly charged, deeply eroticized historical and contemporary fiction from the American-born English author of two short-story collections and the novels Trust (1988) and Rose Reason (1992). Read full book review >

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EVENING’S EMPIRE by Bill Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Assured, often lyrical and true to the world of the star-maker machinery behind the popular song. A lively complement to Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Mark Hudson's The Music in My Head and Laurence Gonzales's Jambeaux."
Satisfying, near-epic tale of a British rock band, from the fresh young faces of the '60s to the melting-cheese faces of today. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE HUNT by Thomas Flanagan
Released: April 7, 1994

"A nasty little war with even nastier consequences, deftly described with enough details to satisfy those who prefer their history lightly spritzed with fiction."
Award-winning novelist of Irish history Thomas Flanagan (The Tenants of Time, 1988, etc.) sets his new novel, as densely packed and relentlessly thorough as usual, in the turbulent 1920's, an era whose legacy lingers today in strife-ridden Northern Ireland. Read full book review >