Search Results: "Lyn Dillies"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 4, 2012

"As Dillies encourages young readers to participate actively in our democracy, she provides a refreshing antidote to apathy and doubts about the political process that often dominate the headlines."
A clever approach to promote the importance of voting among America's youth. Read full book review >

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DAFFY DOWN DILLIES by Edward Lear
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"An unusually felicitous introduction to this well-loved, zany humorist. (Poetry/Picture book. 4-8)"
A frequent contributor to The New Yorker selects 37 of his favorite limericks and illustrates them with witty, detailed pen drawings; O'Brien's odd characters and their calm acceptance of the ridiculous situations described in the verses are much in the spirit of Lear's own simpler, but notably adroit, sketches. Read full book review >

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SAGA OF LYN by Aric C Carter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 26, 2014

"A solid adventure story with unique monsters and challenges, despite occasional lapses into predictability."
Carter's debut novel blends epic fantasy tropes, Zen-like magical abilities, unique mythological creatures and humorous character development into a frothy adventure. Read full book review >

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THE MOAI MURDERS by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2005

"Readers will be so mesmerized by Rapa Nui they'll probably add it to their own Life Lists. Hamilton (The Thai Amulet, 2003, etc.) makes an excellent tour guide, even if she packs too much baggage into her mystery."
Archaeologists, tourists, and murder victims converge on isolated Easter Island. Read full book review >

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100% PURE FAKE by Lyn Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty (2000). (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Middle-school pranksters will rub their hands together with glee over this wonderfully revolting how-to book of fake bodily fluids and more. Read full book review >

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THE ORKNEY SCROLL by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 2006

"About five subplots too many, but Hamilton makes the islands of Orkney so beguiling they ought to be listed as a top-ten travel destination."
"Who could resist a tale," asks Hamilton, "that ends with the words, before he went mad Bjarni the Wanderer hid the cauldron in the tomb of the orcs"? Read full book review >

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THE THAI AMULET by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Lush local color balanced by an astringent view of Thai and expatriate greed: an entertaining tropical tragedy."
Antiques dealer and amateur sleuth Lara McClintoch (The Etruscan Chimera, 2002) gets roped into investigating more than Southeast Asian antiques on her trip to Thailand. Read full book review >

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TACKETT AND THE TEACHER by Lyn Nofziger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Whatever the reason, you would be angry, too, if your name appeared on the cover of a book this silly."
Lame dialogue and horrible, ill-placed jokes hamstring this limp second installment in a trilogy of westerns set in the late 1800s starring Del Tackett, a self-described ``wanderin' cowpoke.'' Wanderin' along on a trail of dusty western fiction clichÇs, Tackett meanders into a Texas town where, as luck would have it, he finds a youngish spinster schoolmarm, named Elizabeth ``Liddy'' Doyle, whose dad's name is, get this, Bob Doyle. Read full book review >

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THE CHINESE ALCHEMIST by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Hamilton, who rivals Jan Morris as a travel writer, gives her eunuch Wu Yuan such a mesmerizing story about serving the Imperial Palace and the Son of Heaven that it's a bit of a thud to be brought back to the problems of contemporary households."
Chinese history from the perspective of a royal concubine, a eunuch, a family of tomb raiders and even the Chairman himself. Read full book review >

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THE ETRUSCAN CHIMERA by Lyn Hamilton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 7, 2002

"No one but a mystery novelist could possibly have imagined this farrago of ridiculously complicated schemes."
Antiques dealer Lara McClintoch (The African Quest, 2001, etc.) finds herself in a B-movie scenario when her escort to an appointment in Rome with reclusive billionaire Crawford Lake blindfolds her. Read full book review >

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TO THE LAST MAN by Lyn Macdonald
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The ultimate account of the end of the Great War and a poignant reminder that the best military history doesn't forget the soldiers who fought and those who died. (16 pages photos, not seen; 17 maps)"
Beautifully written, spectacularly researched account of the almost end of the Great War by the author of 1915: The Death of Innocence (1995). Read full book review >