Search Results: "Nicola Barker"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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MAGICAL MAIL by Claire Barker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a patch on Lyn Gardner and Mini Grey's Into the Woods dyad for meta-literary fairy-tale fun. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Faith Smyth is perfectly ordinary, out of place in her competitive family, with only tiny blue Bus Bear to keep loneliness at bay. Read full book review >

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ABARAT by Clive Barker
by Clive Barker, illustrated by Clive Barker
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Still, with three promised sequels on the way, many readers will, like Candy, want to 'trust to Mama Izabella' to take them somewhere worth the trip. (Fiction. 12+)"
A new series revives the almost-extinct genre of the fantasy travelogue. Read full book review >

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USE YOUR IMAGINATION by Nicola O'Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Visually irregular but satisfyingly victorious. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A wolf coaxes a rabbit into a "Little Red Riding Hood" narrative. Read full book review >

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FLUFF AND BILLY by Nicola Killen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A little forced at the end, but young children will recognize the issue and require no encouragement to chime in with Billy's lines. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a bit of elemental relationship-modeling, two active young penguins play together until a short-lived huff brings a temporary halt to the fun. Read full book review >

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ABARAT:  ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT by Clive Barker
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"All in all, fans will revel and newcomers will be baffled. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The long-awaited third book of Barker's series has finally arrived. Read full book review >

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THE TUSK FAIRY by Nicola Smee
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The affectionate narrative is nicely complemented by warmly humorous illustrations in which the toys are as expressive of subtle emotions as the little girl is. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lizzie's knitted Elephant is her favorite toy, but the years have left him so much the worse for wear that she's had to dress him in the other toys' clothes just to hold him together. Read full book review >