Search Results: "Patricia Finney"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FIREDRAKE'S EYE by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"In all: just fine. (And there's an invaluable list of characters with real personages starred.)"
By the author of two superior adventures set in Roman Britain (A Shadow of Gulls, 1977; The Crow Goddess, 1979), a splendid Elizabethan cat-and-mouse, spy-and-chase tale based on real events of 1583, and featuring dazzling, death-teasing principals surrounding a Spanish plot to assassinate Elizabeth I. Spies and counterspies, warriors, poets and poet madmen, pawns and populace- -all speak here in a diction remarkably echoing with the flavor of an earlier English—gamy, efficient, unobtrusive, unblemished by sprinklings of ``i` faith'' or other cribbings from the Bard. Read full book review >

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GLORIANA’S TORCH by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Ambitious, engrossing, full of melodramatic thunder."
A richly imagined answer to a vexing question: Why did the mighty ships of the Spanish Armada fail in their mission? Read full book review >

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UNICORN'S BLOOD by Patricia Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 1998

"A hot-blooded, noisy cast, including the great Queen; shudderingly graphic details of torture chambers and executions; and an exhilarating facsimile of the grandeur and grunge of Elizabethan London: in all, a roaring good tale, with a poetic sensibility and judicious sense of humanity at its core."
Another gutsy, dagger-flashing, chain-rattling, wit-wrestling tale of danger, dark agonies, and royal power-plays, by Finney (The Firedrake's Eye, 1992, etc.), again centered in the 16th-century reign of that complex, brilliant, and terrifying Tudor, Elizabeth I of England. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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JACK AND REBEL, THE POLICE DOG by Patricia Finney
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"An author's note provides background on the real dogs and cats who served as the models for the characters in the story, and a glossary of 'Jackspeak' helps the reader translate Jack's language into more familiar terms. (Fiction. 9-11)"
This sequel to I, Jack (2004) continues the first-person narrative format in the unique canine-centered style of the previous volume, though this breathless narration wears thin in such a long story. Read full book review >

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I, JACK by Patricia Finney
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Includes an author's note and a glossary of 'Jackspeak.' (Fiction. 8-11)"
This dog story with a difference is written in first-person narrative from the viewpoint of Jack, a yellow Lab who lives with a family with three children and three cats. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

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LITTLE LOUIE by Kathryn Finney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The story and theme have been done many times before and with much more success. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little dog learns how to be himself. Read full book review >

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FROM TIME TO TIME by Jack Finney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Zestless."
A sequel to the classic Time and Again (1970) that, like many reprises of a once-good idea, fails to live up to the original. Read full book review >

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No More Magic Wands by George Finney
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A lively plot and brief chapters will evoke CEOs' and business managers' memories of bedtime stories—and make them want to learn more about preparing for cyberthreats."
An imaginative fairy tale that also acts as a primer on cybersecurity. Read full book review >

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LONG BLACK VEIL by Jennifer Finney Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Smart ideas, great characters, shaky storytelling."
A return to fiction by the author of Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders (2013) and She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders (2003). Read full book review >

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WORDS OF MY ROARING by Ernest J. Finney
Released: July 2, 1993

"Still, a readable tale of life at home during the Big One."
A sweeping old-fashioned novel that ambitiously explores an unfamiliar theme—life in wartime California—with sometimes too much corroborative detail. Read full book review >