Search Results: "Jon Courtenay Grimwood"


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STAMPING BUTTERFLIES by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"Brilliantly imaginative, moving with the crystalline precision of a Swiss watch, Grimwood's demanding accomplishment should be avoided by those who think the author should do all the work."
Alternate-realities puzzler that first appeared in the U.K. in 2004, from the author of Pashazade (2005). Read full book review >

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END OF THE WORLD BLUES by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Dizzying and fascinating."
A British veteran of the Iraq war with an extremely troubled past confronts apparently unknown enemies while plumbing the mystery of his ex-lover's suicide in this William Gibson-esque noir. Read full book review >

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THE FALLEN BLADE by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2011

"Pounce on this one."
Alternate-world fantasy from the talented and versatile author of End of the World Blues (2007), wherein Marco Polo's family founded the dynasty that rules Venice. Read full book review >

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PASHAZADE by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 8, 2005

"In this first American installment of a trilogy published in England beginning in 2001, Grimwood (reMix, 1999, etc.) wraps gritty realism in layers of suspicion and suggestion (is Isk itself fantasy?), creating an antihero as unpredictable as Tom Ripley."
The murder of an imperious North African noblewoman upsets the marriage plans of her nephew, who becomes the prime suspect. Read full book review >

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THE VISUAL DICTIONARY OF BUILDINGS by Fiona Courtenay-Thompson
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A handsome ``Eyewitness'' book with spreads covering the obvious historical periods and places (ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to ``The Early 20th Century'' and ``Modern Buildings'') plus ``Islamic Buildings,'' ``South and East Asia,'' and such additional topics as ``Walls,'' ``Domes,'' and ``Doors.'' A typical spread includes crisply detailed color photos of a major building, a ruin (serving as a cutaway), or a model (Wren's 1674 proposal for St. Read full book review >

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INTO THE DEEP by Ken Grimwood
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"Just the sort of thing dolphins would make fun of, if they could read."
Sugary New Age nonsense cripples Grimwood's (Replay, 1986, etc.) mildly inventive eco-thriller, in which humans and dolphins join forces to save Santa Barbara, Calif., from volcanic disaster. Read full book review >

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Top Hat & Time Tales by Courtenay Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A book powered by resentment and anger that will speak to readers who view poetry as expressive rather than contemplative."
This somber debut collection of poems recounts the perils of growing up in modern times. Read full book review >

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THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1989

"Despite the lack of shading and the chipper philosophy, then, a surprisingly refreshing debut."
Ideals must be back, for Courtenay's first novel is a fast-paced book with an old-fashioned, clean-cut hero, easily identifiable villains, no sex, and saintlike sidekicks. Read full book review >

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THE POWER OF ONE by Bryce Courtenay
Released: June 12, 1989

Ideals must be back, for Courtenay's first novel is a fast-paced book with an old-fashioned, clean-cut hero, easily identifiable villains, no sex, and saintlike sidekicks. Read full book review >

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IT'S ONLY STANLEY by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Fun—just plain fun. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The Wimbledon family—mother, father, four children, a cat, and Stanley, a brilliantly inventive beagle—have a sleepless night. Read full book review >

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MY RHINOCEROS by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Lighthearted fun as a read-aloud or read-alone. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What can a pet rhinoceros do? Not a lot, unless it has hidden talents. Read full book review >

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I WANT MY HAT BACK by Jon Klassen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Cynical on wry. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Klassen's coy effort combines spare illustration, simple, repetitive text and a "payback's a bear" plot. Read full book review >