Search Results: "Magnus Flyte"


BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF DARK MAGIC by Magnus Flyte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Even the minor characters are drawn ingeniously in this exuberant, surprising gem."
The riddle of Beethoven's "Immortal Beloved," alchemy and clandestine love fuse in this fast-paced, funny, romantic mystery. Read full book review >

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CITY OF LOST DREAMS by Magnus Flyte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Sensual, witty and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, set forth in sparkling prose and inhabited by characters well-worth getting to know. Wunderbar!"
Sequel to City of Dark Magic (2012), set in a world where alchemy, magic and science all work; another lively, amusing romantic mystery from the pseudonymous Flyte (Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch). Read full book review >

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ALL QUIET ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, this is an original and haunting creation: a vision of Judgment whose very opacity gives it impressive symmetry, comedy, and power."
A journey through Purgatory takes amusing, appropriately elusive form in this mordant second novel by the English author of The Restraint of Beasts (1998). Read full book review >

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THE MAINTENANCE OF HEADWAY by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Nearly flawless in its own unassuming way."
Set within the bureaucracy of the London bus system, Mills' slim novel fuses whimsy with warped logic. Read full book review >

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THE RESTRAINT OF BEASTS by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"All the same, a strongly imagined and more than promising first effort."
The hopeless task of disciplining two unruly slackers (which is just one of its clever title's implied meanings) gives substance—and allegorical form—to this flinty first novel by a British writer whose grim humor has been compared to that of Irvine Welsh. Read full book review >

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THE SCHEME FOR FULL EMPLOYMENT by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Very subtle, almost Swiftian, satire that will go over the heads of most Americans—and even those who get it aren't likely to rupture themselves with laughter."
Mills's fourth novel (after Three to See the King, 2001) is a kind of parody of British working-class life, where truck drivers are paid to deliver unneeded auto parts for other drivers to retrieve. Read full book review >

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EXPLORERS OF THE NEW CENTURY by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2006

"The story never fully coheres or satisfies. But it does suggest that, despite Mills's evident debts to Kafka and Beckett, he's still a provocative, elusive original."
A courageous and perhaps futile quest is the immediate, though not exclusive, subject of the sly British minimalist's brain-squeezing fifth novel. Read full book review >

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THREE TO SEE THE KING by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Wonderful, mind-bending stuff. Don't miss it."
A fascinating religious allegory is built from the barest and unlikeliest of materials in this enigmatic and quite remarkable third novel by the British author of The Restraint of Beasts (1998) and All Quiet on the Orient Express (1999). Read full book review >

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SCOTLAND by Magnus Magnusson
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Lively, opinionated, and dense with detail, Magnusson's tome belongs on the shelves of anyone interested in matters Scottish."
Almost as weighty as the Stone of Destiny, this vast, superb history relates Scotland's past over a dozen millennia. Read full book review >

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STAR BLANKET by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Sweet, but perhaps more for the parents and grandparents than the kids. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A family tale that doesn't quite make the leap from personal memoir to universal bedtime story. Read full book review >

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WHEN GRANDMA GATEWOOD TOOK A HIKE by Michelle Houts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"She didn't like people passing her on the trail, the author notes, but readers could do worse than follow behind. (source note) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
A tribute to the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one go. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"In all, an eloquent defense of common sense, humanism, and thought."
Iconoclastic essays on the state and fate of the West at the end of a dreadful century. Read full book review >