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

YOU ALONE ARE DANCING by Brenda Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

You Alone Are Dancing ($13.95 paperback original; May 1996; 200 pp.; 0-472-06627-7). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Science writing at its best. (16 line illus., 3 halftones)"
An informative review of current research on sleep and dreams and a new theory about the nature and function of dreaming, presented with clarity, wit, and finesse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 1999

"The difficult early chapters don't result in any payoff at the end; surely a disappointing volume for the general reader interested in more than inarticulate rocks and bones. (300 b&w illustrations)"
A monotonous, jargon-riddled analysis of stone, bone, and burial remains left behind by the ancient Irish, telling us almost nothing about how these long-dead people lived. Read full book review >

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GOULD’S BOOK OF FISH by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Fascinating work, and very much Flanagan's best yet."
A whiff of magical realism and a generous abundance of expressionistic hyperbole create the uniquely suprareal texture of this wonderful third novel from the prizewinning Australian author (The Sound of One Hand Clapping, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING by Richard Flanagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"But there's no denying the power in his own wild flights of prose. (First printing of 30,000)"
Winner of the Australian Booksellers' Book of the Year Award, a passionate working-class tale (and first US publication) from a Tasmanian author. Read full book review >