Search Results: "Philip Roughton"


BOOK REVIEW

I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A multilayered tale that builds slowly—the use of smells is especially effective—but drives to a shattering climax that honors the traditions of both detective fiction and ghost stories."
Sigurdardóttir's work (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.) has always drawn on both kinds of mysteries—detective stories in which everything is explained rationally and supernatural thrillers in which it isn't—but this tale of a series of disappearances grounded in long-simmering revenge mixes the two more inextricably than ever before. Read full book review >

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ICELAND’S BELL by Halldór Laxness
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"In many ways, Iceland's Bell isn't a modern novel. And that is its great strength."
The integrity and vitality of Icelandic culture, as subtly celebrated by the Nobel-winning author (1902-98) of Independent People (1946) and, most recently, World Light (2002). Read full book review >

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WAYWARD HEROES by Halldór Laxness
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A welcome, major contribution to modern Nordic literature in translation and a pleasure to read."
"Nothing but harm and misfortune result when killers and skalds come together." True enough, as Nobel Prize-winning author Laxness' long-forgotten 1952 novel elaborates. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Unusual material for a mystery, but Sigurdardóttir handles it deftly through Thóra, who is as compassionate as she is intelligent and dogged."
A suspicious fire in a home for the severely disabled leads to an investigation of the Icelandic social safety net in Thóra Gudmundsdóttir's fifth outing (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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VALENTINE AND HIS VIOLIN by Philip Hopman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Delightful whether or not you've ever attempted to play a stringed instrument. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Valentine's violin teacher says he's doing very well, but the effect of his playing on others is dramatic in a different sense. Read full book review >

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WHERE THE ROCK SPLITS THE SKY by Philip Webb
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 25, 2014

"For Western aficionados who don't mind alien outlaws in their shoot'em-ups. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
In a bizarre post-apocalyptic future, Megan Bridgwater's world is defined by Western garb, gab and clichés. Read full book review >

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SIX DAYS by Philip Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Even if events don't always quite hold together, it's such a racketing good time it doesn't matter. (Science fiction. 9-11)"
In this crackerjack adventure, a pair of Cockney trash-pickers and their spaceman friend seek a MacGuffin in the ruins of post-apocalyptic London. Read full book review >

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FEVER CRUMB by Philip Reeve
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"An essential read for fans and a great entry point for newcomers to the world; here's hoping there's more to come. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"

BOOK REVIEW

INFERNAL DEVICES by Philip Reeve
Released: June 1, 2006

"Brighton's fiery end paves the way for the concluding volume in this extraordinary series, which tests both protagonists and readers to their utmost. (Fiction. 12+)"
Some 16 years after the city of Anchorage, with Tom Natsworthy and Hester Shaw aboard, found refuge by grounding itself on the shores of North America (Predator's Gold, 2004), its peace is disturbed. Read full book review >