Search Results: "Robyn Chapman"


BOOK REVIEW

LADY ROBYN by R. Garcia y Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Good, clean entertainment, with plenty of period detail and a healthy dose of modern irony."
Garcia y Robertson's latest historical (after Knight Errant, 2001, etc.), this set in 1460s England during the War of the Roses. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Slightly marred by the author's tendency to wandering wordiness, but lovers of the genre will certainly forgive her."
A sordid case that spread sensation like wildfire across an 1830s America just beginning to flex its national brand of jurisprudence. Read full book review >

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THE SANTA FE JAIL by Lars Jakobsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Dedicated spy-thriller and sci-fi fans would probably be able to fill in the blanks, but it's not worth the effort. (historical notes on rain forests, Nazi plunder and other related topics, with period images, appended) (Graphic science fiction. 10-12)"
A disappointing second outing finds the titular time-traveling secret agent darting his way through a tangle of nefarious schemes so messy and incoherent that readers have no chance of following him. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS MANUSCRIPT by Lars Jakobsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A bonbon for Tintin fans. (historical afterwords on manuscript illumination, witch hunts and other related topics) (Graphic science fiction. 10-12)"
Bad guys are traveling back in time, and it's up to a fixer named Mortensen to repair the damage. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Irish to the gills, a festive delight, and fully aware of what it is—and what it isn't."
Newspaper columns and a stage adaptation (The Brother) quilted out of O'Brien's novels make for a merry little patchwork of literary pleasures from the late (d. 1966) comic master (At Swim-Two-Birds, 1939). Read full book review >

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THE ANCHORESS by Robyn Cadwallader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"Sympathetic, fully realized characters and good use of period details make this a winning work of historical fiction."
Quiet, assured debut novel set in medieval England, concerning a young woman's entry into the religious life—one as tumultuous as anything on the outside. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Robyn Bavati
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 8, 2013

"A balletic variation on the familiar story of teen rebellion. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Love of ballet clashes with the strict religious beliefs of a young teen's family. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2008

"A colorful, occasionally shocking fish-out-of-water memoir."
Vigorous recollections of a youth spent among "profoundly fringy" adults "in the middle of nowhere." Read full book review >

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BETTER THAN YESTERDAY by Robyn Schneider
FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Young readers should find it entertaining and satisfying. (Fiction. YA)"
Two prep-school friends cope with changes and difficulties as they attend summer session before their senior year. Read full book review >

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DESERT PLACES by Robyn Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Davidson's conventional attempts to generalize about an abstraction called India are much less interesting than her well-told encounters with fascinating, lovable, resourceful people. (16 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An Australian woman spends several harrowing months with desert nomads in the Indian desert, witnessing one of that land's last great pastoral migrations. Read full book review >