Search Results: "Natalie Jane Prior"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2003

"Though the illustrations are a disappointing scatter of small photos, filler, and artists' sketches, this is bound to be a popular choice for fans of the icky as well as budding forensic scientists. (index, glossary, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Not so much a research tool as a compelling browsing item, this crowd-pleasing Aussie import features articles, arranged in several alphabetically arranged topics, on famous mummies ancient and modern. Read full book review >

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SUN by Natalie Jane Prior
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The board-book audience is unlikely to respond to the delicacy of either illustrations or text—a sad mismatch of form and content. (Ages 3-5)"
Lovely, subtle watercolors and a lyrical text are squashed into a board format that shortchanges both book and readers. Read full book review >

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LILY QUENCH AND THE LIGHTHOUSE OF SKELLIG MOR by Natalie Jane Prior
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Though this volume stands alone well enough, readers will want to go back to the first three works in the series to tie up loose ends. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lily Quench, the last of the dragon-slaying Quench family, continues her quest in the fourth offering in the series. Read full book review >

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Carnifex by D.P. Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Immersive worldbuilding adds texture to this dark, intriguing tale about a fighter."
In this fantasy novel, a dwarf grapples with deception and a stark destiny that could save, or ruin, his people. Read full book review >

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NECTAR by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"With violins playing and Chianti flowing, a goofy commedia dell'arte."
After the gloppy novel-cum-cookbook La Cucina (2000), British author Prior continues to mine hackneyed peasant lore in a fairy tale about an unlovely albino servant girl with a peculiar, alluring odor—but also with vanity that eventually dooms her. Read full book review >

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LA CUCINA by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2000

"Less a banquet of the senses than a junk-food gorge."
Debut fiction (subtitled "a novel of rapture") about a lonely, middle-aged librarian who experiences a sexual reawakening intimately linked to her sensual kitchen skills. Read full book review >

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RETRO RETRO by Amy Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Regardless, most of their stories burn at the same heat: tepid."
Using a McLuhanesque idea—the notion that, when faced with the totally new, we seek refuge in the past—editor Prior gathers an anthology of short fiction, heavy on contemporary British writers with a handful of somewhat better-known Americans, that looks back to earlier decades with something like nostalgia. Read full book review >

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ARDOR by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2004

Another precious little fable, this about lust, from the author of Nectar (2002) and La Cucina (2000). Read full book review >

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CABARET by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Schmaltz Romano."
More corny Italian fare from Prior pursues the mystifying disappearance of a Roman embalmer's husband. Read full book review >

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BACK IN THE U.S.S.R.
by Sarah Pitre

 

 

BOOK REPORT for The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

Cover Story: From Russia With Frostbite?
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh?
Swoonworthy Scale: 5?
Talky Talk: Let's Get Personal
Bonus Factors: Study Abroad, Leningrad
Relationship Status: Foreign Fling

Cover Story: From Russia With Frostbite

Because you know what really enhances the glorious architecture of Russia? PDA. Also ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PASSCHENDAELE by Robin Prior
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1996

"A finely researched analysis of what happened to a lost generation of youth, badly used by callous generals. (History Book Club selection)"
A somber narrative of the third battle of Ypres, the failed British drive in 1917 to capture strategic Belgian channel ports held by the Germans in WW I. Australian coauthors of Command in the Western Front (1992), Prior (History/Univ. of New South Wales) and Wilson (History/Univ. of Adelaide) provide insight into the thinking (or lack of it) of the British high command and politicians in initiating an offensive against the Germans, who occupied large areas of France and Belgium. Read full book review >