Search Results: "Philip Gooden"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DURHAM DECEPTION by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Interesting depictions of magic shows and seances consistently upstage generic characters with weak motives."
The Victorian fascination with spiritualism leads to murder in this second adventure for a newlywed couple (The Salisbury Manuscript, 2008). Read full book review >

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MASK OF NIGHT by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2004

"Lots of interesting detail about playing and plague, but the lunatic serial killer subplot doesn't quite mesh with the more rational history."
Nick Revill (Alms for Oblivion, 2003, etc.), watching as the plague ravages London, discovers that the fear and ignorance surrounding King Pest may be as deadly as the disease itself. Read full book review >

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THE PALE COMPANION by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"As in previous adventures (The Death of Kings, not reviewed, etc.), a pretentious stream of allusions, puns, and literary sallies provides endless in-jokes for the enlightened while muffling Nick's otherwise pleasant chatter for everybody else."
In the summer of 1601, Nick Revill leaves his beloved London for the country, where his acting company will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream at Instede House as part of the nuptial festivities for Lord Elcombe's son. Read full book review >

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THE ELY TESTAMENT by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2012

"Interesting information on Victorian funerary customs doesn't quite make up for a meandering mystery."
A search for a last will and testament takes a sinister turn. Read full book review >

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AN HONORABLE MURDER by Philip Gooden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"An enjoyably twisty ending, but Nick's love life verges on the lugubrious."
Actor Nick Revill (Mask of Night, 2004, etc.), member of the King's Men, the leading acting company in 1604 London, lands a not-very-challenging role in Ben Jonson's Masque of Peace: the part of Ignorance. Read full book review >

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ALMS FOR OBLIVION by Philip Gooden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Like Troilus and Cressida, Nick can't decide whether to be cynical or melancholy and ends up sounding, as Dick Burbage tells him, merely 'liverish'—or, as we might say, peevish."
Will Shakespeare may be the future star of the Chamberlain's Company, but it's journeyman actor Nick Revill (The Pale Companion, 2002, etc.) who's set to portray the hero in a performance of Will's new play, Troilus and Cressida, for the law students at the Inns of Court. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING PHILIP by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 18, 1950

"Mark this as a three star attraction — for school, regional interest and a swell story."
A thrilling and sincerely conceived story of the great chief of the Narragansett Indians who led a "rebellion" against the New England colonists in 1675. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Calorie-rich fare for those who enjoy snacking on royal stories."
The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by Andrew Motion
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"Sure to be the standard life for some time, this cadaverous book seems dead to Larkin's amazing sense of humor, one of the sources of his poetic achievement. (Photos)"
One of three literary executors of British poet Philip Larkin (1922-85), fellow poet Motion (The Lamberts, 1987) ill serves his subject with this drab, exhaustive biography full of bland literary criticism and inappropriate psychologizing. Read full book review >

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PRINCE PHILIP by John Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Of interest to the royalty-obsessed only. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Parker's previous book about royalty, on the Duke of Windsor (King of Fools, 1989), was a gossipy quick read, but Prince Philip makes for a tamer subject with less egregiously dirty laundry. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by James Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Definitive in its scope and detail but somewhat too hagiographic."
A scholar who has published previously about Philip Larkin (1922-1985) returns with a full-meal biography glowing with admiration. Read full book review >