Search Results: "Philip Gooden"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

DOC by Dwight Gooden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"Better than your average memoir of rise, fall and redemption."
Pitching great Gooden tells the story of his spectacular baseball career and the loss of it all through a devastating cocaine addiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"An honest, sincere, and affecting memoir."
Looking back late in his baseball career, a one-time dominant phenom tells of his life at both the center and fringes of the game. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Nevertheless, good fun for budding medievalists. (index) (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Three pop-up tableaux—of bridge, castle and cathedral—enliven this exploration of life in 1325, which takes the fortunes of one Hugo from page to knight as its loose focus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE LIES ARTHUR by Philip Reeve
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Absorbing, thought-provoking and unexpectedly timely. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Is there room for yet another reworking of the Arthur legend? Read full book review >