Search Results: "Kim Barker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 2011

"Fierce, funny and unflinchingly honest."
A memoir of the five years the writer spent reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan after the overthrow of the Taliban in 2001. 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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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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ABARAT:  ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT by Clive Barker
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"All in all, fans will revel and newcomers will be baffled. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The long-awaited third book of Barker's series has finally arrived. Read full book review >

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THE CAT CAME BACK by Cordell  Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Stick with older, sing-along versions and enjoy the cartoon (for free) online. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A print rendition of Barker's 1988 Oscar-nominated short film. Read full book review >

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MENDING HORSES by M.P. Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"An absorbing look into a patch of past not often examined. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
In this sequel to A Difficult Boy (2008), 16-year-old Daniel Linnehan, now released from his indenture and the owner of a chestnut mare named Ivy, finds freedom difficult to manage. Read full book review >

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BEHINDLINGS by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"An exasperating, beguiling, and occasionally damn-near perfect piece of work."
One man leads, a band of misfits follows. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNT by A.L. Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Grand Hotel this is not, although Barker is infinitely wittier than Vicki Baum. A special taste for Americans who smoke Players and eat kippers for breakfast, but not for the usual gobblers of ghosts and ghouls."
Even though some of this dryly amusing tale takes place in Mellilot, the great house that stands in for Manderley, Barker (Femina Real, not reviewed, etc.) forgoes spooky ghosts in favor of a tale about Bellechasse, a déclassé hotel on the Cornish coast. Read full book review >

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#ESOCIETY by David Barker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"A disturbing, affecting, and unforgettable work that remains upbeat while asking difficult questions about society."
A self-made British internet entrepreneur leaves a comfortable life to discover why so many people remain trapped in poverty and unemployment in this debut autobiography and manifesto. Read full book review >

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CLEAR by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2005

"Kudos to Barker for pulling that off. The novel itself is another story."
The British author (Behindlings, 2002, etc.) riffs amusingly on a recent historical incident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERVILLE by Clive Barker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"Never mind."
A shelf-cracking sequel to The Great and Secret Show (1989) that begs the question: Is this sort of hermetic dross really worth the felling of defenseless forests? Read full book review >