Search Results: "John Matthews"


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 >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF ARTHUR by John Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Well translated into fluid (not pedestrian) modern English: nice variations on a familiar theme."
A kind of Arthurian apocrypha, as medieval folklorist and scholar Matthews (The Bardic Sourcebook, not reviewed) collects more than two dozen "forgotten tales" of King Arthur and his knights. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The illustrations include elegant decorations and borders in a mannered, attenuated style. (sources) (Folklore. 6-10)"
This mild collection is even-tempered in the tellings despite the various spooks of the title. Read full book review >

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JOHN RILEY’S DAUGHTER by Kezi Matthews
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2000

"Matthews's strength is that she creates no villains, but sees all her characters, even the most deeply flawed, with a compassionate eye. (Fiction. 12-14)"
It's 1973, and Memphis Riley, who's just turned 13, has had an explosive fight with her aunt Clover, a 29-year-old woman whom a childhood bout with meningitis left "broken inside her head." Read full book review >

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HENRY HUNTER AND THE CURSED PIRATES by John Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"There's nothing exceptional here, but the otherworldly elements and headlong pacing will sweep readers along. (Fantasy/mystery. 10-12)"
In a second brush with the supernatural (following Henry Hunter and the Beast of Snagov, 2016), brainy young sleuth Henry and his faithful chronicler, Adolphus, are kidnapped by undead pirates. Yo ho ho! Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Diverse in scope and rich in presentation. (introduction) (Folklore/anthology. 10+)"
Packed with humor and wisdom, this choice collection showcases the timeless, cross-cultural fascination with that most wily and wise character, the trickster. Read full book review >

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This Is Where It Gets Interesting by John H. Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2014

"An eccentric collection of fantastical, funny and puzzling tales."
Matthews' marvelously entertaining debut short story collection is equal parts hysterically zany and forebodingly dark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING JOHN by Marc Morris
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"The result is a traditional politics-and-war biography: a relentless succession of intrigues, quarrels, battles, sieges, negotiations, truces, and betrayals illuminated by lucid writing but muddied by Morris' decision to jump back and forth in chronology."
King John (1166-1216) is a rare English medieval monarch whose fame owes less to Shakespeare than legend. His villainy remains so ingrained, writes historian and broadcaster Morris (The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England, 2013) in this capable biography, that no subsequent king has named a son "John." Read full book review >

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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >

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JOHN CONSTABLE by Anthony Bailey
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"And so it is that Constable is known today, though this literate and lively biography adds new shades to the artist's well-earned reputation."
The Romantic art rebel comes in for thoughtful biographical treatment at the hands of New Yorker alumnus Bailey. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Breathless prose and many juicy revelations—an absorbing read."
An erstwhile "friendly acquaintance" who fell out with Rumpole of the Bailey's creator over this biography strips back the man's jovial veneer to reveal dark and adulterous activities. Read full book review >