Search Results: "Philip David Alexander"


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Skyward by Philip David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A chilling, atmospheric crime procedural."
Cops in a small Canadian town try to solve the disappearance of a young man and catch a killer in this complex thriller. Read full book review >

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Peacefield by Philip David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"An intense novel that expertly weaves varying perspectives of a singular, life-changing event."
In Alexander's (North of Here, 2012, etc.) gritty drama, a gunman's standoff against police constables in a Canadian community has repercussions on numerous lives. Read full book review >

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MY REAL NAME IS LISA by David Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"TV rights to CBS, which will sharply improve the TV movie by shifting more of the menace from the opening episodes to the end."
A year after six-year-old Lisa Taylor is kidnapped, computer exec Peter Howard sees a man treating a little girl in a way that looks suspicious to him. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

This readable biography sketches the trajectory of a man whose life might have served as the plot for one of his television dramas. Read full book review >

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THE HIGH KING by Lloyd Alexander
Released: March 1, 1968

"He takes earth, fulfilling by his deeds the prophecy in the Book of Three; Eilonwy gives up her magic to be his bride."
The last may be the best—movement toward an ultimate confrontation between the forces of life and the forces of death give this final Prydain adventure a stronger frame and tighter weave than the preceding four. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE OF LLYR by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 11, 1966

"And, as before, the compelling mystery of Taran's destiny and Prydain's fate."
The Princess Eilonwy is one of the many attractive characters growing up through the previous titles in the continuing chronicle of Prydain: The Book of Three. Read full book review >

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THE FOUNDLING by Lloyd Alexander
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 1973

"All worth another hearing as Alexander tells them, but hardly an important contribution to a mythological landscape."
Alexander's six short fairy tales, set in Prydain before the time covered in his Newbery-winning quintet, demonstrates both the author's special talent for spinning this kind of story and the extent of his need to borrow plots and motifs on which to build. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF THREE by Lloyd Alexander
Released: Aug. 27, 1964

"Hopefully, Prydain's history will be continued."
Prydain is an imagined territory, somewhat like Wales and peopled with characters whose genealogy stretches back to Welsh legend. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK CAULDRON by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 12, 1965

"The sweep of the battles, the pressures of fear relieved by interludes of comedy, the blends of good and evil combine to the kind of once-in-a-lifetime reading that will assure Prydain a permanent place in geographies of fictional territories."
The Book of Three (1964, p. 818, J-262) has just received the invaluable boost that comes with selection as one of ALA's Notable Children's Books. Read full book review >

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TARAN WANDERER by Lloyd Alexander
Released: April 3, 1967

"If you've done well with the others, you'll want this; if not, try Tolkien."
A young man searches for his identity and finds that he is not what he was born but what he is becoming, that he is, in short, himself: "strength — and frailty. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Abrams and Lipsky assume that everyone in their generation wants the same things; given that they're writing about 46 million people, they can't possibly be right. (First serial to Harper's; author tour)"
Two members of the much-maligned Generation X answer four years of media condescension with a cogent, though flawed, economic analysis. Read full book review >

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IN THE CUBE by David Alexander Smith
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Hard-working, inventive, and colorful, but also uncontrolled- -with far too many different aliens, improbable sleuthing, and a general air of futuristic soap opera."
Science-fiction detective yarn set in a medium-future Boston literally crawling with weird aliens: Smith's hardcover debut. Read full book review >