Search Results: "Paula Brandon"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRAITOR'S DAUGHTER by Paula Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A decently accomplished maiden effort; worth hanging in there to see what develops."
In a debut fantasy, the first of a series, a young woman begins discovering her hidden strengths in a rebellion-torn land that will soon face a much greater threat. Read full book review >

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THE RUINED CITY by Paula Brandon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Enjoyable, mostly, though even the most avid and forgiving fans will find it difficult not to be annoyed."
Sequel to The Traitor's Daughter (2011), Brandon's well-plotted, intriguingly peopled fantasy whose setting, along with magicians called "arcanists," resembles the medieval Italian city-state era. Read full book review >

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DRAGONWATCH by Brandon Mull
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans of the series will welcome a new story arc stocked with familiar characters, settings, and adventures. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
After narrowly averting a demon apocalypse in the previous series, Fablehaven sibs Seth and Kendra face a new threat to the world. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE SEA! by Brandon Dorman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2011

"As pirate fare goes, this is far from the only ship on the sea, but it does sail along smartly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pirate yarn sails familiar territory in satisfyingly rollicking fashion. Read full book review >

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HUMANS OF NEW YORK by Brandon Stanton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A wondrous mix of races, ages, genders, and social classes, and on virtually every page is a surprise."
Photographer and author Stanton returns with a companion volume to Humans of New York (2013), this one with similarly affecting photographs of New Yorkers but also with some tales from his subjects' mouths.Read full book review >

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THE CANDY SHOP WAR by Brandon Mull
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2007

"Leaving the door open an inch for sequels, he dishes up a crowd-pleaser as delicious—if not so weird—as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory . (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Four fifth-graders are recruited by a scheming magician in this hefty bonbon from the author of the Fablehaven tales. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Trying too hard to be strange, the effect is not fun but forced. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Searching for his grandfather, Oculator Alcatraz Smedry follows him to Egypt and into the Library of Alexandria. Read full book review >

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BIG WISH by Brandon Robshaw
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"The appealing premise and occasional humor will probably carry readers past the obvious message of this predictable account of wish-fulfillment gone awry. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Life gets dull when all your wishes come true. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND MANY DEATHS OF HARRY HOUDINI by Ruth Brandon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Apart from occasional slips into a corny carny-huckster style and insertions of irrelevant anecdotes of her own experiences, Brandon has written an entertaining biography of a legendary figure. (24 pages of b&w photos, not seen)"
Houdini's fame is so great that he is more a metaphor for magical escape than a man, but Brandon's (The New Women and the Old Men, 1990) biography readably explores both his act's archetypal appeal and his obsessive personality. Read full book review >

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RULES OF EVIDENCE by Jay Brandon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"The deft final twist is the best part of this competent but disappointing sequel to Brandon's Edgar-nominated Fade the Heat (1990)."
Black San Antonio lawyer Raymond Boudro takes on the defense of Mike Stennett, a racist cop who's been his longtime adversary, when Stennett's accused of fatally beating Gordon ``Hoss'' Frazier. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters."
A fantasy thriller about a supernatural assassin and a city on the brink of collapse. Read full book review >