Search Results: "John Matthews"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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BETWEEN EXISTENTIALISM AND MARXISM by John Matthews
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 1975

"Here he deals with the 'quest for purification,' the creative man's eternal task, makes concrete ideas which elsewhere are abstract, and in the celebration of Mallarme, in particular, writes with such power that he produces a sort of prose poem."
Sartre, like Camus, has always been concerned with salvation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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DIFFERENT LIKE COCO by Elizabeth Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The endpapers are covered with quotations from Chanel: 'Luxury must be comfortable; otherwise it is not luxury.' (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
With an economy of storyline and a strong sense of style, Matthews distills the contradictory life of Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel into a neat and fashionable package. Read full book review >

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THE OUTCASTS by L.S. Matthews
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"This uneven but enjoyable magical tale brings its outcast characters together: a magical version of The Breakfast Club in the English countryside. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
A class trip brings a collection of misfits into a dangerous magical world. Read full book review >

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THE WAY OF THE WARRIOR by Andrew Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A good choice for most collections. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 16th-century Japan, Jimmu Shimomura is orphaned when his parents commit ritual suicide to preserve the family honor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VILLAGE IN THE VINEYARDS by Thomas Matthews
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Sara's knockout photos bring everything to life as Tom's awareness of days gurgling down the drain adds poignancy to each passing page."
The best of the crop of recent French vineyard books, perhaps because the most modest—or because it gets its hands dirty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ CLUB by Carole Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Calorie-free satisfaction."
Four British women commiserate and conspire over chocolate in the latest from U.K. bestselling author Matthews (Welcome to the Real World, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 1997

"Her touch is informed but light—the result is less journalism than infotainment."
A whimsical, informal account of American university life as it now stands. Read full book review >