Search Results: "Julian Rathbone"


BOOK REVIEW

A VERY ENGLISH AGENT by Julian Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Over-the-top, enjoyably R-rated entertainment from an old pro who appears to be having the time of his life."
The latest historical romp from veteran thriller/detective storywriter Rathbone (Kings of Albion, 2002, etc.) jauntily exposes the underside of 19th-century parliamentary "reform." Read full book review >

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KINGS OF ALBION by Julian Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The rambling seems more travelogue than novel, including, as it does, everything from theology to weather reports, and the notion of strangers in a strange land never quite catches fire."
No doubt hoping to extend the extravagant sweep-of-history-on-the-road theme of his previous novel (The Last English King, 1999), but falling short, Rathbone shifts to the Wars of the Roses, and a group of travelers from India who arrive just in time to be in the thick of the intrigue. Read full book review >

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ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN by Julian Rathbone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Rathbone (Sand Blind, 1994, etc.) keeps everything stylishly knowing, jaundiced, and off-kilter until the final movement, which smacks just a bit too much of Quentin Tarantino shootouts."
Nobody but the fledgling Regional Department for Environmental Crime (DUK in German) cares about Roger Vesper, an inoffensive lab technician at the Regional Cancer Hospital who may be the key to cracking a case involving some missing experimental antibiotics. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ENGLISH KING by Julian Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Popping the clutch once too often in shifting between memory, history, and life on the road, but, still, an often haunting evocation of a tumultuous time of glory and grief."
A dark-hued lament for the loss of jolly old England a millennium ago, when psychopath William the Conqueror used a bagful of tricks to best good King Harold, this saga from the wide-ranging Rathbone (Blame Hitler, p. 1076, etc.) has its moments but can't sustain them The story comes out in the halting, painful recollections of Walt, one of Harold's inner circle of advisers and bodyguards who has wandered far from the Battle at Hastings in 1066, where he lost his right hand as well as his king. Read full book review >

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SAND BLIND by Julian Rathbone
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Despite the sometimes herky-jerky nature of the plot, the political minuets are danced superbly—they're what you read the book for, and they make you think."
The newest political thriller from a seasoned writer of the genre is almost there: intelligent, challenging, complex—but never quite believable. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE MATADOR by Julian Hector
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2008

"The contrasts and similarities between the Little Matador and his 20th-century counterpart Ferdinand would make for an interesting storytime. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A family of renowned bullfighters raises a son to carry on their glory in the ring. Read full book review >

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SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >

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KYDD by Julian Stockwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"An engaging sea yarn with more verisimilitude, if less romance, than O'Brian readers expect."
Comparisons to Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin saga are inevitable, but Stockwin's debut, the first in a planned naval series covering approximately the same era, focuses on the common seamen rather than on the officers. No musical duets in the captain's chambers here. Read full book review >

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TALKING IT OVER by Julian Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1991

"He neatens away its essences."
Barnes constructs a triangle here, then another one, upended—in this chamber cantata of voices about adultery. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Sometimes fascinating, seldom enlightening."
An account that is part case study, part straight reporting, and part personal memoir of a virtual reality site called LambdaMOO. Read full book review >