Search Results: "John Shannon"


BOOK REVIEW

SHANNON by Frank Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A well-crafted, satisfying work of historical fiction, as are all of Delaney's novels; respectful of the facts while not cowed by them, and full of life."
A rousing tale of forbidden love, civil war, horrible death and other things Irish. Read full book review >

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SHANNON MILLER by Claudia Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"As an Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller had the eyes of the world on her, but this overly technical treatment won—t put her on the bestseller podium where fellow gymnast Dominique Moceanu once stood. (8 color, 42 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A proud and devoted mother's overdone portrait of her celebrated gymnast daughter's trials and triumphs. Read full book review >

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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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THE COPPER BRAID OF SHANNON O’SHEA by Laura Esckelson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

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Commanded by their queen, a company of sprites unbraids a girl's hair and finds more than they bargained for including buttons and thimbles, limos and taxis, even a sleeping bear in poet Esckelson's debut for children. "The copper braid of Shannon O'Shea / Was unbraided one fall on account of the hay / Which had tangled into the plaits of her hair, / But nobody knew what else snarled in there," Esckelson begins. Newton's (The Stonecutter: An Indian Folktale, 1990) sinuous illustrations, with fine black pen outlining the images, are intricately detailed, and wend their way across double-page spreads as Shannon's hair unleashes a tidal wave of wonders. Esckelson's fast-paced rhyme tells readers what to look for. As the jacket explains, she was inspired to write the story by "various myths about women's unbound hair releasing abundance and chaos into the world." She succeeds in interpreting these myths for a young audience and is perfectly teamed with Newton. Together, they immerse readers in a hairy nether world, rendering real the innumerable objects and tiny creatures that just might dwell atop our heads and inside our locks, waiting to be set free. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

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STREETS ON FIRE by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"As always, Shannon's in there stretching the genre, but endless talk and a diffuse plot cost him dearly here."
Jack Liffey is not your standard-issue private eye. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE TOO MUCH by John Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2011

"In the 13th of this widely respected series, Shannon wavers between realistic family drama and unabashed melodrama. It's an uncertainty readers will sense and share."
This time out, Jack Liffey (On the Nickel, 2010, etc.), finder of lost children, searches for a lost father. Read full book review >

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THE DARK STREETS by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 12, 2007

"Intelligent, literate, forbiddingly bleak fare for Liffey-lovers."
In the ninth of this ever-darkening series (Dangerous Games, 2005, etc.), Jack Liffey seeks a lost child. Read full book review >

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CITY OF STRANGERS by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Shannon, who's never envisioned a predicament he couldn't make a bit worse, adds a bout of impotence and a gruesome torture sequence to Liffey's travails while turning Fariborz's naïveté into despair."
Perhaps to escape her psychiatrist father's constant interpretations of her motives, actions, and emotions, snippy, status-conscious teenager Becky Auslander has run away. Read full book review >

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TERMINAL ISLAND by John Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Liffey is intelligent, sensitive, courageous, even on occasion funny, but, oh, how he does go on."
In a fifth adventure for child-tracing specialist Jack Liffey, the missing child's no longer missing, but he signs on anyway. Read full book review >

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THE ORANGE CURTAIN by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"A typically offbeat addition to the Liffey series (The Poison Sky, etc., not reviewed)."
Jack Liffey, divorced, downsized from the aerospace industry, living with the zaftig Marlena, and skilled at reclaiming lost kids and filling Philip Marlowe's noble shoes, agrees to meet Minh Trac, whose daughter Phuong has been missing for a week. Read full book review >

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DANGEROUS GAMES by John Shannon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Liffey, whose cases (Terminal Island, 2004, etc.) have always veered toward West Coast noir, now seems entrenched in the meanest California streets. This one is rated NC-17 for graphic porn and torture sequences, along with procedures for emptying a colostomy bag."
Jack Liffey, finder of lost kids and lover of troubled women, combines his preoccupations. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing—a definitive portrait of the man and the legend."
A comprehensive and compelling examination of The Duke. Read full book review >