Search Results: "Piers Dudgeon"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Aimed, of course, at fans, who will love it. To those unmoved by the Barbara Taylor Bradford mystique, all this will, naturally, be of supreme unimportance."
Amid recent scholarly biographies of The Bard of Avon, we are now favored with the inside scoop on another pride of English letters, Barbara Taylor Bradford. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Nowhere near a cut-and-dried case, but plausible enough to leave readers—particularly those who found Peter Pan disquieting (which it is)—wondering."
Adopting both the general notion and the melodramatic tone of D.H. Lawrence's famous comment—"J.M. Barrie has a fatal touch for those he loves. They die"—Dudgeon (Our East End: Memories of Life in Disappearing Britain, 2008, etc.) presents the author of Peter Pan as a crippled soul who deliberately manipulated the lives and psyches of numerous associates and children. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1989

"Although the text is probably of interest mostly to hard-core fans, more than a hundred truly gorgeous photographs broaden the appeal: prospective travelers will find itinerary inspiration, and anyone who loves the outdoors may relish a quick browse through the misty moors, seascapes, and woods of this wild and peaceful region."
Du Maurier's final book (she died last April) is both a personal memoir and a love letter to Cornwall, which served as inspiration for—and setting of—much of her popular fiction (Rebecca, Jamaica Inn, etc.). Read full book review >

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MAEVE BINCHY by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2014

"'The secret of the universe is that we do have to take control of our own lives,' was, Dudgeon claims, Binchy's lifelong mantra, and he captures her ebullience and drive in this anecdotal biography."
An upbeat biography of the prolific, much-loved Irish writer. Read full book review >

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VIRTUAL MODE by Piers Anthony
Released: Feb. 13, 1990

In an interesting mix of sf and fantasy, Anthony examines the effects of parental neglect and sexual abuse against a fantastic backdrop. Read full book review >

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BALOOK by Piers Anthony
Released: Feb. 7, 1991

"Woodroffe's illustrations, many of them in color, are elaborate and affectionate, but even they don't save it as a novel."
Thanks to genetic reconstruction, Baluchitherium—an enormous, rhino-like creature of the Miocene epoch—lives again. Read full book review >

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MUSE OF ART by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Over to you."
Addition to the Geodyssey series (Hope of Earth, 1997, etc.) wherein Anthony hopes to present the true essence of history, as opposed to boring old facts. Read full book review >

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HOW PRECIOUS WAS THAT WHILE by Piers Anthony
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This unsparingly forthright second memoir should ruffle some feathers that badly need ruffling."
Sequel to the prolific fantasy writer's previous autobiography, Bio of an Ogre (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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TOTAL RECALL. by Piers Anthony
Released: Sept. 26, 1989

"Should make a smashing movie."
Action-adventure yarn involving memory implants, aliens, and Mars: based (on a Philip K. Dick short story and a movie script. Read full book review >

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ON A PALE HORSE by Piers Anthony
Released: Oct. 1, 1983

"Rather more seriously intended than most Anthony offerings, with satirical patches and lots of death-ly ruminations: a hardworking but lumpy and not-very-appealing stew—mostly for loyal fans."
The first of another five-book fantasy series from the prolific, YA-ish, popular Anthony—centered on five "Incarnations of Immortality" (Time, War, Fate, Nature, Death) in a messy and illogical science/magic setting. Read full book review >

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DoOoN MODE by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"As previously, the adventure's the baggage, teenager self-help's the point of it all—and if any of it really does help, who are mere reviewers to cavil?"
Fourth and—probably—final installment of Anthony's reality-hopping Mode series (Chaos Mode, 1994, etc.) combining alternate-world adventures with advice on hang-ups and personal growth. Read full book review >