Search Results: "Matthew Kneale"


BOOK REVIEW

MR. FOREIGNER by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Witty, fast-paced fun: a great story (already winner of the Somerset Maugham Prize) that keeps the tempo up and doesn't take itself too seriously. Kneale is out of the gate running."
A kind of darkly comic Asian version of Midnight Express, as second-novelist Kneale (the Whitbread-winning English Passengers, 2000) describes a young Englishman trapped in Japan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN WE WERE ROMANS by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2008

"One of the best explorations of a child's mind and heart in recent fiction, and its talented author's best book yet."
The technique of portraying adult experience through a child's eyes and words—accomplished in classic works as otherwise dissimilar as What Maisie Knew and The Catcher in the Rye—is knowingly adopted by the Whitbread Award-winning British author (Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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SMALL CRIMES IN AN AGE OF ABUNDANCE by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2005

"A most unusual debut collection, and a very good one indeed."
Envy, snobbery and xenophobia coexist with such literal crimes as child abuse and drug-peddling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ENGLISH PASSENGERS by Matthew Kneale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2000

"Despite minor echoes of Great Expectations and Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith: an original, impressively knowledgeable, and very moving historical novel."
A richly satisfying debut, comparable in many ways to Andrea Barrett's The Voyage of the Narwhal, that uses nearly 20 carefully distinguished voices to tell the convoluted story of a 19th-century expedition to Tasmania and a stalemated conflict between "civilization" and "savagery." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"An intellectually interesting comparison in the same way that comparative histories of revolutions are interesting; there's blood and passion in all that madness, but it doesn't always land on the page."
An atheistic novelist temporarily abandons his fiction to examine the roots and history of belief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN ALIENS NEED SNACKS by Matthew McElligott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Tasty fare for alien fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When his summer snack stand fails to attract family and neighbors, an enterprising young chef with a flair for the unusual draws some very weird customers from way out of town. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSECT-LO-PEDIA by Matthew Reinhart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Reinhart offers no back matter, either. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Plainly intent on cramming the heads of budding naturalists with insect facts while communicating his own enthusiasm for the critters, Reinhart sandwiches quick looks at 26 sorts, from bristletails and cockroaches to ants and butterflies, between general comments on their common characteristics, and their medical, gustatory, and ecological relationships with us. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOLF IN THE SNOW by Matthew Cordell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Deeply satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A near-wordless story of kindness repaid. Read full book review >

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OH MY GODDESS
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Freya by Matthew Laurence

Cover Story: Photo Op
BFF Charm: Natalie Imbruglia
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Modern Theology
Bonus Factor: Gods and Goddesses (+ Diversity)
Factor: Open-Ended
Relationship Status: Agnostic

Cover Story: Photo Op

Although the wings on this cover are more colorful than the DeLand Wings, everything about the image reminds me of the photos I’ve ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IF YOU FIND THIS by Matthew Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

" Lively, entertaining and satisfying. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Middle school misfit Nicholas embarks on a wild adventure involving long-lost family heirlooms. Read full book review >

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 >