Search Results: "L.L. Samson"


BOOK REVIEW

SAMSON by Tadgh Bentley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Young readers will be hooked. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A piranha who dreams of dining in the finest restaurants? Not your usual fish tale! Read full book review >

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SAVING MOBY DICK by L.L. Samson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Though plainly crafted to spark and model book discussions, the tale is generously infused with animating elements of mystery, romance and comedy—plus a particularly lively and diverse supporting cast of grown-ups. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Fresh from their experiences with Quasimodo in the series opener (Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame, 2012), three young people again use an elusive inventor's magic, painted circle to bring a literary character to life. Read full book review >

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FACING THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME by L.L. Samson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Jam-packed and well-intentioned but ultimately dull and disappointing. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Readers who enjoy the arch tone and endless instructive asides of Lemony Snicket might appreciate this first entry in The Enchanted Attic series, but most will be uninterested in the cardboard characters and anticlimactic plot. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 23, 2005

"There's plenty of food for thought in this book, which, wrongheaded or not, is both open and fearless."
A handbook for the modern prince, whose subject is necessarily war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMSON IN THE SNOW by Philip C. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A story warm in both palette and feeling. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A depiction of deliberate acts of kindness. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SAMSON by David Maine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Provocative and beautifully told—a breakout novel for Maine."
Maine's superb third novel continues his sly examination of the Old Testament, this time delineating the story of Samson and Dalila. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE SAMSON by Kathleen Benner Duble
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"An interesting tale, but fact and fiction become unfortunately blurred. (timeline, author's note, bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
In the house Grandpa built on a bluff above the sea, Sam listens once again to the story of his grandpa's sailing days on the Samson, a Norwegian seal-trapping ship with quite a history. Read full book review >

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SAMSON AND THE GREEK DELILAH by Miles Tripp
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Long even for its modest length, though the scenery on both sides of the bedroom window is a plus."
London inquiry agent/troubleshooter John Samson rescues a damsel in distress in the south of France and spends the rest of his vacation regretting his derring-do. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCLE OF MYNNIA by L.L. Blackmur
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Blackmur's wicked sense of humor, droll way with a conversational skewer, and blithe disregard of every accepted mystery convention should delight clichÇ-weary readers and win new fans."
A charming concoction in which the sensible Joan Cook, after a boating mishap on Martha's Vineyard, falls for wealthy playboy Philip Dumas and moves to Paris with him, where they share digs with his dad, Chick, a gone-to-seed archaeologist; Chick's much younger wife, Charlotte; Philip's acerbic sister, Hayden; and world-class mooch Walter Hudson. Read full book review >

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PERFECT LIVES by Polly Samson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Samson's new stories are warm and engaging, but some falter on their own affected charm."
A cycle of intersecting stories describes the lives that make up an English seaside community—their joys, regrets, and various embarrassments. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A feast for readers looking to taste the luxurious lifestyle of the English upper crust."
Field's debut historical novel takes a look at upper-class life in 18th-century England. Read full book review >