Search Results: "Nicola Barker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE THREE BUTTON TRICK by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 1999

"But those with a taste for odd, haunting characters, unsettling incidents, and a deadpan, savage sense of humor, will likely find them uniquely stirring."
Terse, droll, and unsettling tales from a highly idiosyncratic young British writer. Read full book review >

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CLEAR by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2005

"Kudos to Barker for pulling that off. The novel itself is another story."
The British author (Behindlings, 2002, etc.) riffs amusingly on a recent historical incident. Read full book review >

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BEHINDLINGS by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"An exasperating, beguiling, and occasionally damn-near perfect piece of work."
One man leads, a band of misfits follows. Read full book review >

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THE CAULIFLOWER by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Respectful, playful, and often entertaining—though just as often puzzling. Barker's fans will enjoy the outing, forgiving her quirks."
A headily curry-scented tale, part fable and part imaginative biography, by postmodern maven Barker (In The Approaches, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

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DARKMANS by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"If you go with the flow and reconcile yourself to the lack of plot, you'll find plenty to enjoy."
The hip, the square and the crazy trip over their pasts and each other in this boisterous latest from Barker (Clear, 2005, etc.), a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. Read full book review >

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WIDE OPEN by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"Not an easy book, but an oddly (even unpleasantly) affecting one."
A wayward, often puzzling, but ultimately rather haunting story about a group of outcasts, all in flight from a variety of real or imagined horrors, who collide on a desolate patch of British seacoast. Read full book review >

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LOSING NICOLA by Susan Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Veteran Moody (Doubled in Spades, 1997, etc.) spins a puzzle that takes a back seat to her graceful evocation of her heroine's childhood and its disintegration one fateful summer."
Twenty years after her 12th birthday ended in tragedy, Alice Beecham returns to her hometown in an attempt to make herself whole by figuring out what happened. Read full book review >

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THE ESSENTIAL CLIVE BARKER by Clive Barker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Barker's best fiction should be read in its entirety; still, this generous collection offers seductive proof of the redoubtable imaginative power of one of our boldest inventors."
A mega-anthology of (mostly) excerpts from novels and plays by the popular and critically acclaimed horror writer whose increasingly ambitious work keeps pushing against genre boundaries. Read full book review >

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THE BARKER STREET REGULARS by Susan Conant
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

The Barker Street Regulars ($21.95; Mar. 1; 272 pp.; 0-385-48668-5): That's right: Conant's trademark Malamutes (Stud Rites, 1996, etc.) meet Sherlock Holmes, or the next thing to him, when Rowdy works as a therapy dog for a family so taken with the great man's adventures that they've managed to spawn both a murder and an animal-psychic fraud. Read full book review >

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BOOTSIE BARKER BALLERINA by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 30, 1997

Bully Bootsie Barker (Bootsie Barker Bites, 1992) returns, this time in the I Can Read series; subtle stereotypes, depicted by a different illustrator (Peggy Rathmann illustrated the original) detract from the humor that made Bootsie a villain readers loved to hate. Read full book review >

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BOOTSIE BARKER BITES by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An entertaining, insightful glimpse into a child's real world. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beleaguered small girl recounts her troubles with the daughter of her mother's best friend, who terrorizes her on her frequent visits. Read full book review >