Search Results: "Peter Sherwood"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF FATHERS by Miklós Vámos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Widely read in his homeland but rarely translated into English, Vámos should win a new American audience with his beautifully crafted novel of connection and continuity."
A bestseller in Hungary, this family chronicle focuses on firstborn sons across 12 generations. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF SORROWS by Frances Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2006

"Topnotch storytelling; hypervivid history."
Amid the splendor and savagery of 16th-century Mexico, an epic drama unfolds, featuring bloody Uixachtecatl and a colonizing Christ, a lush culture and its civilizing barbarians, an Aztec princess and the ultimate conquistador, Hernán Cortés. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 26, 2009

"The protagonists may have stayed calm, but these stories of cheating the reaper are crazy wild."
Sherwood (The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud, 2004, etc.) investigates why some live, others don't. Read full book review >

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THE SUNFLOWER PLOT by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1991

"Fans of the genteel, cozy English novel will adore it."
The dauntless Celia Grant, amateur sleuth and near-bankrupt horticulturist, agrees to design an Elizabethan garden for Clintbury, Victor Stratton's country house-and then finds herself in the middle of a murder, a possible drug-smuggling ring, and tangled relationships that would keep a family therapist busy for years. Read full book review >

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BONES GATHER NO MOSS by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"As usual, Sherwood (Creeping Jenny, 1993, etc.) doesn't shirk the plot complications, though botanical amateurs may find those last revelations at once shrill, unconvincing, and anticlimactic."
Stricken with guilt and pity over the disappearance of Jane Greenwood, the acquaintance she recommended to take the job of cataloguing the late Paul-Henri de Fleury's samples of French wildflowers, Celia Grant agrees to travel to the ChÉteau de Fleury herself to goad the police into action—and drops into the maw of a famille de l'enfer. Read full book review >

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THE SPY PRINCESS by Sherwood Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"The well-meaning adventure suffers from the unwieldy compression of events and tropes. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle-grade fantasy squashes an entire trilogy into one volume. Read full book review >

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CROWN DUEL by Sherwood Smith
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1997

"While the tale ends with the king's destruction, Smith leaves a few threads dangling for the next installment: The Count and Countess will no doubt saddle their mounts again soon. (Fiction. 12+)"
Fantasy fans will cheer this latest romp, subtitled ``The Crown and Court Duet Book I,'' in which Smith (Wren's War, 1995, etc.) introduces the teenage Count Branaric and Countess Meliara of Tlanth. Read full book review >

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VINDICATION by Frances Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"A persuasive interpretation, but Mary's extraordinary life is often overwhelmed by the relentless inclusion of historical data extraneous to a celebration of the imagination."
A first novel from Sherwood (the collection Everything You've Heard is True, 1989) that mines with varying success a current favorite literary lode—the Shelley/Godwin mÇnage. Read full book review >

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THE MAN WHO ATE THE 747 by Ben Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2000

"Wonderfully wacky, wise, charming, and romantic satire, filled with lovably eccentric characters who know the secret of true love."
A clever, quirky, comic first novel about love and obsession, as seen through the eyes of a man who makes his living verifying world records. Read full book review >

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CREEPING JENNY by John Sherwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A prologue compares the snubbing of a local absentee squire to the anger of Achilles—an ironic but apt figure for the hyperinflation of village minutiae in this most British puzzler."
Yet another trip down the Miss Marple trail (her own phrase) for Celia Grant of Archerscroft Nurseries (The Hanging Garden, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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WREN'S WAR by Sherwood Smith
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"Those seeking a more dynamic and frightening fantasy may find this brew too weak to enchant. (Fiction/fantasy. 12+)"
The teenage heroes of mythical Meldrith are forced to flee their kingdom once the evil Andreus murders the king and queen and seizes power. Read full book review >