Search Results: "Matthew Cody"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PEDDLER'S ROAD by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A muddled and meandering series opener; perhaps things will coalesce in Book 2. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
While accompanying their father on his research trip to Hamelin, Germany, 13-year-old Max and her 10-year-old brother, Carter, find that the Pied Piper is not just a fairy tale, but a very real and present danger. Read full book review >

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POWERLESS by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"Cody wears his influences on his sleeve, but has some fun with them (one lad's 'power' is a super-stench) and crafts a tribute that, unlike M.T. Anderson's Whales On Stilts (2005), is more admiring than silly. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Resembling a Golden Age comic without the pictures, this tale pits a group of small-town children with superpowers—call them "preteen titans"—against a shadowy menace that robs them of those powers on their 13th birthdays. Read full book review >

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SUPER by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Stronger on action than internal logic, but the central cast's array of personal foibles and amusingly arbitrary superpowers, along with some eerie adversaries, carry the load. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The magically endowed kids introduced in Powerless (2009) have a second go at their power-sucking nemesis in this overstuffed, if high-voltage sequel. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN'S KEY by Matthew Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Depth and complexity are added to great effect in this second installment. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Following the events of The Peddler's Road (2015), 12-year-old Max is desperate to return to the Summer Isle where her brother, Carter, is trapped with the children the Pied Piper led away from the town of Hamelin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Book-trade nostalgia, vanished bestsellers, and an affecting pair of dedicated book-people make for a gentle stroll through two decades. (Sixteen b&w photographs.)"
The story of a legendary paperback bookstore in Berkeley and its two owners, and of how it grew, and grew, and grew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARKER SIDE by Cody McFadyen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Lots of gasping, but no real thrills."
Agent Smoky Barrett (The Face of Death, 2007, etc.) pulls out all professional and emotional stops to nail a secretive serial killer who goes public with the in-flight stabbing of a transsexual. Read full book review >

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BUCKET NUT by Liza Cody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"Super Cody."
A sizzling debut for the author's unlikely new heroine- -Junoesque, foulmouthed Eva Wylie, daughter of an alcoholic prostitute. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COWBOY'S HANDBOOK by Tod Cody
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"The author, a descendent of Buffalo Bill, brings an enthusiasm to his subject that is perfectly attuned to the curiosity of young readers. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
A compendium of information and tidbits about cowboys, including full-color and black-and-white photographs and drawings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Army Wife by Vicki Cody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An Army wife's absorbing testament to the power of family and faith to weather difficult times."
A soldier's spouse reflects on marriage, sacrifice, and patriotic service. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACKHAND by Liza Cody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 1992

"An expansive set of intriguing characters and some sharp dialogue help—but can't save—a story out of focus."
Another rambling adventure for London's p.i. Read full book review >

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ABANDONED by Cody McFadyen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Not for the squeamish."
Smoky Barrett (The Darker Side, 2008, etc.) returns to hunt another serial killer, this one with an extra-nasty twist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite a few slow stretches, good reading for the armchair adventurer and a guarantee of some vicarious thrills. (7 maps, 12 drawings)"
A middle-age canoeist braves the hazards of boulders, bears, and barges in this narration, which occasionally hits snags, of a 1,200-mile solo voyage on the mighty river. Read full book review >