Search Results: "Mr. Plot"


BOOK REVIEW

BITA'S MAGIC CIRCUS by Mr. Plot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 20, 2011

"There's lots of room for improvement, specifically in the storytelling (of which there is very little). But as an introduction to a potentially interesting new world, it's worth a peek under the big top. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
A likable-enough new app series that takes place in a magical traveling circus still feels like it's finding its (trapeze) footing. Read full book review >

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ALIEN PLOT by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"And most annoying of all is Anthony's blithe assumption that everything he writes is both essential and salable; he's wrong on both counts."
Only the second story collection (Anthonology, 1986) from prolific novelist Anthony: a mixed bag of 18 pieces, 1970-91, ranging from vignettes and quasi-essays to fiction novellas, and including seven works previously unpublished for one reason or another. Read full book review >

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GUNPOWDER PLOT by Carola Dunn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Fans of the dauntless Daisy (Fall of a Philanderer, 2005, etc.) will delight in this Anglophilic period mystery."
A very pregnant Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher visits the Cotswolds estate of Edge Manor to write a piece on the Guy Fawkes celebration, a massive fireworks display with murder as its finale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PARIS PLOT by Joseph Aragon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A fast-paced international adventure featuring engaging characters."
In Aragon's debut thriller, a French official's attempt to arrest the president of the United States for war crimes sparks a firefight in Paris. Read full book review >

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VIOLET MACKEREL'S BRILLIANT PLOT by Anna Branford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Violet and her family are original and appealing, a lovely addition to any chapter-book collection of characters. (Fiction. 5-9)"
A collection of small things and a generous gesture win Violet Mackerel the Blue China Bird she's admired for weeks at the Saturday-morning market. Read full book review >

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THE LINCOLN MURDER PLOT by Karen Zeinert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 15, 1999

"This serviceable study of a pivotal event in US history is heavy reading, but makes an edifying cautionary tale on the perils of the rush to justice. (index, not seen, notes, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
In a dry but meticulous examination of the events leading up to and following Lincoln's assassination, Zeinert (The Amistad Slave Revolt and American Abolition, 1997, etc.) profiles many of the people involved and refutes 20th-century reinterpretations of evidence that supposedly reveal a Machiavellian conspiracy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BRONTË PLOT by Katherine Reay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The moral ambiguity makes the story more modern than its premise would suggest—and proves how well its source material holds up over time."
Great works of literature and other priceless antiques populate Reay's (Lizzy & Jane, 2014, etc.) thoughtful tribute to the Brontë sisters. Read full book review >

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The eBay Plot by Charles A. Salter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"An intriguing, if occasionally awkward, cyberespionage thriller."
U.S. Army major Brad Stout must go undercover into the cyberdepths of eBay to foil a deadly radioactive threat in the first book of Salter's eBay Detective series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS PLOT by Kirsten Boie
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"Reminiscent of Philip Pullman's Tin Princess (1994) in setting, and also in being clever, quick-paced and well stocked with Royals, Boie's U.S. debut carries a full load of reader appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Boie shows why she's such a popular novelist in Germany, with a tale so engaging that readers will shrug off the contrivances she needs to bring it all off. Read full book review >

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THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 7, 2016

"A harrowing, pulpy page-turner along the compulsive lines of Flowers in the Attic. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A girl struggles to break the cultlike bonds tying her and her siblings to their tyrannical, religious father. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"The Irish grew up with tales of the Great Hunger, but the full story is just now unfolding. This book is a great start."
Acclaimed Irish historian Coogan (Ireland in the Twentieth Century, 2004, etc.) opens up the truth about the Irish potato famine, and it's uglier than you thought. Read full book review >

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THE FOUNDERS' PLOT by Frank M. Victoria
Released: June 15, 2012

"For readers on the hunt for a fictional account of a contemporary political dispute, this is a competent if not inspiring option."
Debut author Victoria's topical thriller follows the political and personal reverberations of a tough and controversial immigration law in California. Read full book review >