Search Results: "Ross King"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Thankfully, King's book is an impressive work of restoration—the author helps readers see this painting for the first time."
An absorbing study of a disappearing masterpiece. Read full book review >

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DOMINO by Ross King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Still, quite diverting and entertaining, even if less accomplished than the dazzling Ex-Libris."
Artifice, portraiture, and gender confusion, these are the assiduously interwoven themes of a busy historical novel (originally published in England in 1995), the first written by the Canadian-born British author of Ex-Libris (2001) and the nonfiction Brunelleschi's Dome (2000). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A compelling (if a touch overly detailed) look at Florence, its architecture, and one of its artisans."
Novelist King (Ex Libris, not reviewed) takes us to Florence, half a millennium ago. Read full book review >

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MICHELANGELO AND THE POPE’S CEILING by Ross King
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Readers looking for the lite version of this tale may still want to fire up the VCR and watch Charlton Heston chew the scenery. Those seeking a richer understanding of Renaissance art-making will find this a pleasure."
A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"King illustrates that the clash of ideas is even more exciting than the clang of swords."
A fluid, engaging account of how the conflicting careers of two French painters—the popular establishment favorite Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier and the oft-reviled newcomer Édouard Manet—reveal the slow emergence of Impressionism and its new view of painting and the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"King elegantly reveals the soul of a great artist, the last impressionist standing at the end of one of history's most remarkable art movements."
A vivid account of Claude Monet (1840-1926) facing his greatest artistic challenge in the last years of his life. Read full book review >

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EX-LIBRIS by Ross King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2001

"Readers who willingly lost themselves in Iain Pears's An Instance of the Fingerpost should know that King has written its entirely worthy successor."
An unusually literate historical mystery—the imposingly accomplished second novel from the Canadian-born British author of the nonfiction Brunelleschi's Dome (p. 1261) involves a mild-mannered London bookseller in a scholarly search that rapidly mutates into a dauntingly labyrinthine intrigue Read full book review >

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27 SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY & HORROR BOOKS TO READ IN SEPTEMBER
by John DeNardo

Is your bookshelf feeling lonely? Here are 27 titles that will make it happy again! This month's batch of tantalizing science fiction and fantasy includes stories about guilt-ridden robots, witches, magic hair, designer drugs, time travel and cloud cities.

Magicians Impossible by Brad Abraham

Brad Abraham serves up a cocktail of magic and intrigue in this fast-paced debut. Twenty-something ...


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KING GROSSMAN
by Poornima Apte

King Grossman had just returned from participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when Kirkus caught up with him. His desire to become an active citizen informs the backbone of his debut indie venture, Letters to Alice. The novel has a feel for the zeitgeist of our times with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring woven into its threads ...


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A READING YEAR: JUDGING CRIME WORKS BY DIFFERENT STANDARDS
by J. Kingston Pierce

Back when I began writing for Kirkus Reviews, almost half a decade ago, I had an editor who was frequently after me to publish lists of things—rundowns of especially dependable crime novelists, or books I’d like to read again for the first time, or once-popular detectives about whom I thought more should be written. “People like to read lists,” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RITA’S RHINO by Tony Ross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2015

"Children's bookshelves can always use another picture book that combines a clever, well-meaning child with an animal hero and hilarious artwork. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Both Rita and her new pet rhinoceros—an escapee from the local zoo—learn that it's not so easy for a rhino to be a city girl's pet. Read full book review >

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WATER BABY by Ross Campbell
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: June 24, 2008

"Trying to be edgy with its no-holds-barred dialogue, this latest offering in the Minx line misses the mark and comes off as crude and at times, offensive. (Graphic novel. YA)"
Writer and artist Campbell introduces Brody, a rude surfer chick with a bad attitude who lives and plays by her own rules. Read full book review >