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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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LEXI by L.S. Matthews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Fans may welcome this new effort, but after the author's other, excellent works, this one may disappoint. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Just as in A Dog for Life (2006), Matthews combines elements of fantasy with a sometimes rather grim reality. Read full book review >

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A DOG FOR LIFE by L.S. Matthews
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"Episodic enough to be read aloud, this should have wide appeal. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Because of his brother's critical illness, John Hawkins's mother says the family dog must go. Read full book review >

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A WINTER’S NIGHT DREAM by Andrew Matthews
FICTION
Released: July 13, 2004

"A bittersweet but okay ending and it's terrific fun to read. (Fiction. YA)"
A winsome tale in a couple of voices first published in England in 1997; most of the Briticisms remain intact. Read full book review >

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THE WISDOM OF STONES by Greg Matthews
Released: April 1, 1994

"While Matthews's characters tend towards stereotypes, his plots are highly entertaining and his portraits of the Northern Territory evoke the harshness of that hardscrabble land."
A seventh, satisfying novel from Matthews (Power in the Blood, 1993) takes him back to his native Australia, where he traces the destinies of an unlikely trio that survives the rigors of the bush and the upheavals of World War II. Read full book review >

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The Most Important Thing by M.E. Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2016

"A kidnapping tale dishes out edgy melodrama in the vein of a dark, unsettling soap opera."
A woman's sudden disappearance exposes a slew of grim, bitter secrets surrounding her family in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

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GLORIOUS MISADVENTURES by Owen Matthews
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Matthews opens a new window into the first settlements of America's Pacific coast, the men who led it and the reasons for its failure."
In the early 1800s, the Russians came very close to colonizing North America. Newsweek contributing editor Matthews (Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival, 2008) introduces us to the visionary men who attempted to build a Russian Empire. Read full book review >