Search Results: "Matthew Pearl"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TECHNOLOGISTS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Of appeal to fans of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes films, as well as aficionados of a good adventure layered with batteries, transformers and navigational tools."
Brains and technology battle evil in Pearl's (The Last Dickens, 2009, etc.) latest, an improbable but entertaining yarn of weird science. Read full book review >

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THE DANTE CLUB by Matthew Pearl
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Great fun figuring out whodunit and why: a devil of a time."
Ingenious use of details and motifs from the Divine Comedy, and a lively picture of the literary culture of post-bellum New England, distinguish this juicy debut historical mystery. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOOKANEER by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Pearl is a smooth writer whose adoption of the ambling pace, digressions, and melodrama of an earlier literary era may not suit today's instant gratifiers, but he offers many of the charms and unrushed distractions of a favorite old bookstore."
An entertaining adventure tale steeped in literary history tells of rival book pirates seeking their biggest prize, the last novel of Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Read full book review >

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THE LAST DICKENS by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"A pleasing whodunit that resolves nicely, bookending Dan Simmons's novel Drood (2009) as an imaginative exercise in what might be called alternative literary history."
A rousing yarn of opium, book pirating, murder most foul, man-on-man biting and other shenanigans—and that's just for starters. Read full book review >

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THE POE SHADOW by Matthew Pearl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2006

"A few surprises aside, however, too little of substance happens, and Pearl's virtually bloodless characters never engage our interest. A disappointing successor to Pearl's terrific first novel."
The still-unexplained death of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49) is the subject of the Cambridge, Mass., author's follow-up to his popular debut historical thriller, The Dante Club (2003). 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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MATTHEW DOWD
by Rhett Morgan

A political analyst with ABC news, the co-author of 2006’s Applebee’s America, and the former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign, Matthew Dowd has spent the last seven years ruminating on the current state of the country. Through his columns and TV appearances he sharpened his observations about leadership and what is lacking in that leadership, but it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN TALIBAN by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"Cutting away from John at the critical moment robs the reader of the opportunity to see his ideals and mettle truly tested, leaving only the ideological travelogue of a disengaged slacker."
A 19-year-old would-be mystic skims the surface of jihad, in Abraham's fourth (The Seventh Beggar, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUST WANNA TESTIFY by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2011

"Vampy romp best appreciated by existing fans of the West End series."
Five sexy vampires show up in Atlanta, causing considerable consternation for local godfather Blue Hamilton and his wife Regina. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH BEGGAR by Pearl Abraham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"A fascinating and scary tale that collapses under the weight of its own esoterica. Abraham (The Romance Reader, 1995, etc.) rambles maddeningly, and her account may be incomprehensible to any not well-versed in the arcana of Hasidic folklore and theology."
An unrelentingly recondite tale about a young Yeshiva scholar who comes to grief by delving too deeply into the stories of a Hasidic mystic. Read full book review >

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SEEN IT ALL AND DONE THE REST by Pearl Cleage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2008

"Good intentions, good politics and a spirited heroine can't salvage the paint-by-numbers plot."
Predictable tale of a woman going back home and helping her struggling community. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 25, 2012

"A readable, witty exercise in modernist urban erotica."
A police raid on the office of a San Francisco dentist sets in motion an erotic novel that offers plenty of laughing gas. Read full book review >