Search Results: "Jonathan Stroud"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WHISPERING SKULL by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
An occult portal and its spectral guardian nearly cut short the careers of three rising young ghost hunters in this madcap sequel to The Screaming Staircase (2013).Read full book review >

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THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
Three young ghost trappers take on deadly wraiths and solve an old murder case in the bargain to kick off Stroud's new post-Bartimaeus series. Read full book review >

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THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

In a contemporary London full of magic, a thrilling adventure unfolds. Read full book review >

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HEROES OF THE VALLEY by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"This hinders the flow but emphasizes the profound cultural permeation of these tales; when Halli confronts not just enemies and monsters but a dead legendary hero, readers will find a provocative examination of religion buried underneath the excitement. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
This action-packed adventure shrewdly subverts the epic-hero genre even while reaffirming it. Read full book review >

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THE GOLEM’S EYE by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Stay tuned for more thrills. (character list) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Picking up two years after The Amulet of Samarkand ended, this sequel continues the original's fast-paced excitement and is enriched by a broader moral view and a third main character. Read full book review >

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PTOLEMY’S GATE by Jonathan Stroud
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"The volumes in this trilogy should be read in order. (Fantasy. YA)"
The trilogy wraps up with excitement, adventure and an unexpected wallop of heart and soul. Read full book review >

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THE RING OF SOLOMON by Jonathan Stroud
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Best for worshippers of popular Bartimaeus and fantasy readers who don't require a quick pace. (Fantasy. YA)"
The entertainingly cocky djinni scraps his way through a 950 BCE escapade mostly unrelated to his series (The Bartimaeus Trilogy) but in that same metaphysical world. Read full book review >

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DEADLY FORCE by Carsten Stroud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Large doses of blood, guns, and creeps, served up with Stroud's characteristic mettle."
Stroud is back in his territory of true-life heroes and villains (Lizardskin, 1992; Iron Bravo, 1995) in this crackling story of a US marshal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 1994

"A little more delineation of landscape, or a closer look at previous Antarctic expeditions, would have been a welcome relief from this nonstop tale of woe."
The story of an unsupported, near-lunatic, two-man trek across the Antarctic wastes becomes an occasion for Stroud (doctor and explorer) to pound his chest as he details the truly revolting putrefaction of his body and mind. Read full book review >

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THE HOMECOMING by Carsten Stroud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"A third book may resolve the tangled plot, but this one is messy and overwritten."
Thriller author Stroud returns to the eerie Southern town of Niceville, where plantation-era ghosts abound, gunplay is routine, and genres tend to morph and merge. Read full book review >

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CUBA STRAIT by Carsten Stroud
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Shallow characterizations, sketchy motivations, and, for this action-oriented writer (Black Water Transit, 2001, etc.), a surprising amount of yada-yada."
Bitter ex-cop and his pal take on Castro and his minions, in Stroud's fourth—and disappointingly punchless—suspenser. Read full book review >

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THE RECKONING by Carsten Stroud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Clunky closure for a series that's taken on too much ballast."
Stroud wraps up his peculiar Deep South crime trilogy with a host of made men, undead men, evil spirits, and cops trying as hard as the author to hold everything together. Read full book review >