Search Results: "Juliet Barker"


BOOK REVIEW

WORDSWORTH by Juliet Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Exhaustive and intimately connected to the English landscape, but lacking the big picture."
English biographer Barker (The Brontës, 1995) sifts tediously and joylessly through the ponderous life of the great nature poet, friend to Coleridge and later laureate of England. Read full book review >

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AGINCOURT by Juliet Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2006

"Like a Welsh archer: hits the mark more often than not."
Henry V leads the English to a stunning victory over a vastly superior French force at Agincourt in 1415. Read full book review >

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THE BRONTES by Juliet Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Peculiar, even by the often weird standards of Brontâ scholarship."
An unconvincing attempt to rehabilitate Reverend Patrick Brontâ and son Branwell at the expense of Branwell's famous sisters, Charlotte and Emily. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"A triumph—it's hard to imagine anyone else ever again getting quite this close to the Brontës."
A massive, almost certainly definitive biography that both demystifies and restores one of England's most legendary literary families. Read full book review >

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A-MAZE-ING MINOTAUR by Juliet Rix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A middling treatment all around. (Picture book/myth. 6-9)"
With the help of a beautiful princess, Theseus solves the mystery of the Labyrinth. Read full book review >

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ABARAT by Clive Barker
by Clive Barker, illustrated by Clive Barker
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Still, with three promised sequels on the way, many readers will, like Candy, want to 'trust to Mama Izabella' to take them somewhere worth the trip. (Fiction. 12+)"
A new series revives the almost-extinct genre of the fantasy travelogue. Read full book review >

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MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >

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THE CALLER by Juliet Marillier
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Medieval fantasy with a strong female lead and a definitive ending: That's enough to keep plenty of readers happy. (map) (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)"
The third and final entry in the Shadowfell trilogy delivers exactly what readers want without feeling either easy or obvious. Read full book review >

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CYBELE’S SECRET by Juliet Marillier
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"However, despite these weaknesses, genuine emotion and Paula's alluring love story create a memorable page-turner. (Romanian glossary, not seen) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Bewitching despite flaws, this companion to Wildwood Dancing (2007) picks up six years later. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF MARIE ANTOINETTE by Juliet Grey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An admirable if stiff portrait of a noble heart."
The final volume of Grey's Marie Antoinette trilogy (Becoming Marie Antoinette, 2011, etc.) grimly details the queen's sad and, to contemporary eyes, terribly unjust end. Read full book review >

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DROP DEAD GORGEOUS by Juliet Lyons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A tad superficial, but at least it doesn't take itself too seriously."
A woman gives up on human men to give vampires a try, namely in the form of a hot, blond, and fanged detective. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY DAUGHTER by Juliet Philip
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"An extremely memorable and winning YA tale of the perseverance dreams require."
A coming-of-age novella in which a young girl dreams of leaving India. Read full book review >