Search Results: "Oliver Pötzsch"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CASTLE OF KINGS by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Combine Princess Bride with Germanic history circa 1500, add a dash of Lord of the Rings, and there's a week of good fun in this 600-page-plus tome."
As the early-16th-century Peasants' War tears Palatinate Germany apart, Pötzsch (The Werewolf of Bamber, 2015, etc.) follows a young noblewoman's epic quest, sparked by a signet ring once owned by the legendary Barbarossa—Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. Read full book review >

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THE WEREWOLF OF BAMBERG by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"Occasionally ham-fisted, but good fun overall."
Someone or something is chomping on the good burgers of Bamberg, and it's up to executioner-turned-detective Jakob Kuisl to figure out the whys and wherefores. Read full book review >

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THE LUDWIG CONSPIRACY by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fans of bookish European fiction will enjoy this, the too abundant Dan Brown-ian motions notwithstanding."
Who was that Cowled Man? Austrian novelist Pötzsch serves up an ambitious though familiar tale of Mad King Ludwig. Read full book review >

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THE BEGGAR KING by Oliver Pötzsch
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Think The Name of the Rose meets The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and you're part of the way there. A reasonably good historical thriller but without much that makes it stand out above a crowded field."
Latest installment in the Hangman's Daughter series by best-selling Bavarian phenom Pötzsch. Read full book review >

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THE PLAY OF DEATH by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"Pötzsch's (The Castle of Kings, 2016, etc.) sixth tale from the Hangman's Daughter series chronicles another provocative mystery in an uncommon setting."
In the shadow of Bavaria's Kofel Mountain, "that old demon," Venetian dwarves, family rivalries, xenophobia, and greed make a witch's brew of murders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAND SWIMMERS by Narelle Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A remarkably effective combination of history and natural history of a mysterious ecosystem. (bibliography, index of animals, author's note) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
The remote and forbidding central Australian desert called the "Dead Heart" appears lifeless, but it harbors curious creatures whose tracks appear in the early morning and evidence of an ancient, wetter world. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An utterly delightful alphabet book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This amazing "menagerie" presents an original story for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Read full book review >

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THE WAY BACK HOME by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The space theme as well as the simple watercolor-and-pencil illustrations will please every young, imaginative adventurer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A boy (who bears a striking resemblance to the boy in Lost and Found, 2005 and How to Catch a Star, 2004) finds an airplane in his closet. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE BOOK EATING BOY by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Dish this out to eager readers, with a grain of salt, and watch them snap it up. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a cautionary tale about the perils of unbridled bibliophagy, once young Henry discovers that the more books he eats the smarter he gets, he proceeds to gorge—and not only racks up humongous library fines, but ends up with both stomach and brains aboil with undigested content. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT DOG by Mark Oliver
by Mark Oliver, illustrated by Mark Oliver
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Like Chris Raschka's Arlene Sardine (1998), the meaning here definitely depends on the reader. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Twee tale of damaged mechanical doggies finding their bliss—or satirical religious allegory? Read full book review >

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WHAT'S THE OPPOSITE? by Oliver Jeffers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A clever concept book from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hooray! Jeffers' Hueys return—not in a story, but in a concept book about opposites. Read full book review >