Search Results: "Lou Costello"


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WHO'S ON FIRST? by Bud Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Not up to the original—leave it on the shelf and find a recording of the real Abbott and Costello. (afterword, biographical notes) (Picture book. 7-10)"
One of the funniest comedy routines ever to be heard doesn't successfully translate to print although nearly every word is intact. Read full book review >

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HERE THEY COME! by David Costello
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"The rhyming text and too-cute-to-be-scary monsters make this worth a look if you need more non-threatening Halloween tales. (Picture book. 2-6)"
It's Halloween night and the monsters gather for a party. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1991

"Provocative but unconvincing."
A highly speculative historical argument from Costello (Virtue Under Fire, 1986, etc.): that the flight of Hitler's aide Rudolf Hess to Britain in May 1941 was not the isolated act of a madman, but the result of a year of secret maneuvering between the Nazi regime and appeasement-minded members of Churchill's cabinet. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"An incorrigible tendency toward abbreviating Conan Doyle's views to promulgate his own diminishes Costello's well-researched quasi-biography, which ultimately makes the crimes more interesting than the crimewriter. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Whether you agree or not that Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective who never lived, there is little evidence here that his maker, Conan Doyle, could have been admitted to the first rank of investigators—unless enthusiasm for the grisly be the prime qualification. Read full book review >

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HERE AFTER by Sean Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An uneven but often effective missing-child story with a twist."
In Costello's (Squall, 2014, etc.) latest horror novel, a father grieving his son gets clues from beyond the grave about the abduction of another child. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Costello, having done his homework and strongly made his case, is sure to provoke argument among historians and WW II buffs."
In this riveting revisionist study, British historian Costello (Ten Days to Destiny, 1991, etc.) rethinks the events leading up to the start of WW II in the Pacific. Read full book review >

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UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK by Elvis Costello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Overlong but still packed with great lines, vivid anecdotes, and plenty of photos. Certainly a treat for his many fans."
Everything you ever wanted to know—and more—about hyperliterate songwriter and performer Costello. Read full book review >

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BIG IF by Mark Costello
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Nicely shaded characters and believable situations. A thoughtful variation on the usual chicks-with-guns theme."
A surprisingly rich action story by second-novelist Costello (Bag Men, 1997, written under the name of John Flood; etc.) about the manic world of a Secret Service bodyguard who tries to keep her own life in some order while protecting the welfare of an elected dolt. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE MURPHY by Mark Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Six stories, a return of Michael Murphy from Costello's The Murphy Stories, that are uneven but filled with a marvelous sense of detail and affectionate satire: they manage ironically to deflate their midwestern subjects without turning mean-spirited. ``Young Republican'' is a series of carefully modulated vignettes about the narrator's father, a Republican County Chairman, ``forty-eight years old when I was born,'' who gets punched in the nose by a hired hand for political reasons. Read full book review >