Search Results: "Muireann Maguire"


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RED SPECTRES by Muireann Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2013

"Students of Soviet-era Russian culture will enjoy reading between the lines. Readers who love a good ghost story will enjoy it, period."
An excellent anthology of psych-and-spook mischief from behind the Iron Curtain, where a literature rich in such things held sway during the Soviet era. Read full book review >

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ARIZONA by Eden Maguire
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Just as in the series opener, the story is dragged down by obsessive love, flat characters and tedious writing. (Supernatural mystery. YA)"
Only fans of the first Beautiful Dead book (Jonas, 2009) will enjoy and fully follow this second installment as Darina moves on to help the next zombie, Arizona, explain the mystery surrounding her drowning death before her one-year anniversary or Arizona will be sent back to limbo (an agreement arranged with Hunter, the zombie overlord, so Darina can continue seeing her deceased boyfriend). Read full book review >

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LOST by Gregory Maguire
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It must have been fun to throw all these semi-compatible elements together, but it's not nearly as enjoyable for the overburdened reader. Maguire's free-ranging, high-energy imagination is a wonder to behold—but Lost is likely to lose many readers along the way."
A potent ghost story is buried under several layers of complication and explication in this highly imaginative, unfortunately labored tale from the popular author of Wicked (1995) and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (1999). Read full book review >

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IMPRESARIO by James Maguire
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"Smart cultural history and a level-headed tribute to the impresario 'always ready to proceed with cautious boldness wherever the audience was ready to go, and sometimes where they weren't.'"
Solid, savvy biography of the stone-faced showman who brought the whole spectrum of American culture into the nation's living rooms. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Overall, a winner for Maguire's fans of all ages. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
When a terrible storm (think Katrina) strands an inept young man with his highly sheltered cousins, he turns to storytelling to hold their fears at bay. Read full book review >

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Professor Atlas and the Jewel of Enlightenment by Paul Maguire
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Exciting capers for the YA audience, hampered somewhat by undistinguished characters."
Two seventh-grade boys and their professor friend go on a dangerous journey to recover an ancient and powerful artifact in this young-adult adventure novel. Read full book review >

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One Last Improvisation by Dan Maguire
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 29, 2013

"A competent but sometimes frustrating police thriller."
In this debut novel, a cop must face his painful past and solve a pressing, present-day mystery. Read full book review >

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THE OPEN DOOR by Elizabeth Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2008

"A small episode in literary history becomes a feisty but self-justifying and vaguely melancholy tale."
The life of Victorian writer Constance Fenimore Woolson inspires a novel of artistic friendship, and conflict, with Henry James. Read full book review >

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Professor Atlas and the Summoning Dagger by Paul Maguire
Released: July 13, 2011

"A fast-paced adventure sure to transport young history buffs and action enthusiasts."
When two seventh-grade boys leave for a summer of archaeological digging, they find themselves unexpectedly transported to the Middle Ages. Read full book review >

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THE NEXT QUEEN OF HEAVEN by Gregory Maguire
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, but an unfamiliar treat for those who like their comedy laced with a touch of satire."
A fitfully funny and adventurous experiment from the author of Wicked (1995). Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF AN UGLY STEPSISTER by Gregory Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"Maguire is rapidly becoming one of contemporary fiction's most assured myth-makers."
A revisionist view of Cinderella's adoptive family dominates this brilliantly plotted fantasy from Maguire, a popular children's book author whose first adult novel, Wicked (1995), offered a similar reimagining of the land of Oz. Read full book review >