Search Results: "Robert Priest"


BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE’S EYE by Robert Priest
ADVENTURE
Released: May 2, 2005

"Readers too will be left reflective by this understated episode. (Picture book. 7-9)"
As in his Old Pirate of Central Park (1999), Priest pairs elegantly composed, deceptively simple cartoon illustrations to an unusually rich and satisfying story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"Priest tells the story with dash and verve, whether in a turn of phrase or a line of art; it not only features a contemporary city with one of its great pleasures—the park—in full flower, but a realm in which the wish for a little rest outweighs the wages of war. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The leap-at-you color and elegantly stylized illustrations, resembling airbrushed linoleum-cuts, give this book an instant allure; the story—a noble tale of character and social leveling, mock drama and high mirth—more than meets the expectations aroused by that first impression. Read full book review >

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FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS by Cherie Priest
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Wildly contrived and oddly chilly, despite all the ranting and raving."
Girl in search of her true parents unearths disquieting family murders in a murky horror debut set in the mountains of Tennessee. Read full book review >

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THE PRESTIGE by Christopher Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

"Electrifying effects and a deft handling of mysteries and their explanations (some remaining tantalizingly incomplete) in an unexpectedly compelling fusion of weird science and legerdemain."
After a ten-year hiatus, Priest (The Glamour, 1985, etc.) returns in strength with a taut, twisting, prize-winning story of two magicians and their fierce fin-de-siäcle rivalry that taints successive generations of their respective families. Read full book review >

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THE INEXPLICABLES by Cherie Priest
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Classification: potboiler. Substance: adequate."
Another in Priest's Clockwork Century series (Ganymede, 2011, etc.), set in a late-Victorian alternate America where the Civil War never ended, whose chief ingredients are steampunk, supernatural and pulp Western. Read full book review >

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BLOODSHOT by Cherie Priest
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"A refreshing and addictive lure for readers uninterested in fangs, bats, capes and hissing."
A 100-year-old vampire thief runs afoul of secret biological experimenters—first of an urban fantasy series from the versatile author of Boneshaker (2009). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Rich instruction for policymakers, soldiers, and politics junkies alike."
A clear-eyed portrait of American military culture, and a subtle critique of the civilian leadership that governs the armed forces. Read full book review >

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THE EXTREMES by Christopher Priest
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1999

"Engaging to a point, until the tracing of Teresa's learning curve crowds out all other characters and plot developments: the gimmickry and her personality just aren't compelling enough to carry the story on their own."
Carrying less of a charge than his electrifying, prizewinning The Prestige (1996), Priest's latest uses an appealing premise—that virtual reality scenarios somehow influence real events—but applying it to an FBI agent whose husband is murdered in Texas by a spree shooter, at the same time as a quiet coastal village in England is suffering a similar attack, proves problematic. Read full book review >

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BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"An impressive and auspicious genre-hopping adventure."
Priest (Fathom, 2008, etc.) bravely, and successfully, ventures into steampunk and zombie-horror territory. Read full book review >

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THE FAMILY PLOT by Cherie Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A novel as insubstantial as the ghosts who haunt it."
A malicious ghost violently resists the destruction of her home in this stand-alone supernatural thriller. Read full book review >

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HELLBENT by Cherie Priest
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Is Raylene going soft? Well, she's more human and far less distinctive. Unasked, we also get fangs and bats, if not yet any capes or hissing."
Without pause for thought, Priest plunges into a sequel (Bloodshot, 2011, etc.) featuring Seattle vampire thief Raylene Pendle that aims toward comedy and strikes flab. Read full book review >