Search Results: "Rupert Thomson"


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SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >

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AIR AND FIRE by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Thomson's surreal sensibilities, challenged by the cross- fertilization of cultures and desire, elevate standard melodramatic fare into a saga richly atmospheric and satisfying."
Fantasy and reality coalesce in a cauldron of passion and pathos, fired by the heat of a searing summer in coastal Mexico: a formidable fin de siäcle tale from the wide-ranging author of The Five Gates of Hell (1991) and Dreams of Leaving (1988). Read full book review >

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THE INSULT by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"But there is nonetheless a dark, hugely suggestive power at work here, cumulatively having the visceral impact of a nightmare."
A feverishly imagined tale of a blind man who develops night vision and uses it to search for a vanished lover, this is a surpassingly bleak and defiantly illogical study of obsession from the highly touted Thomson (Air and Fire, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A MURDERER by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2007

"A penetrating, introspective twist on the morose-British-constable genre."
A policeman reflects on our potential for evil as he guards the corpse of a female child molester and murderer. Read full book review >

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DIVIDED KINGDOM by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2005

"A flawed effort, from a writer capable of much better work."
A dystopian vision of social "rearrangement." Read full book review >

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THE FIVE GATES OF HELL by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Maybe it's the preoccupation with death that forces the story to an occasional crawl, but Thomson redeems this one through deft handling of real and fantastic elements, sharp prose, and vivid glimpses into the charred circuitry of his youthful characters."
From the author of the widely acclaimed Dreams of Leaving (1988), an assured follow-up that further strengthens Thomson's position as an emerging talent to be reckoned with. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF REVELATION by Rupert Thomson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 9, 2000

"Thomson's masterpiece."
The British author who in such accomplished books as The Five Gates of Hell (1991) and Soft! (1998) has perfected the kind of noir thriller Graham Greene used to write now outdoes himself with this absorbing tale of captivity and obsession. Read full book review >

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SOFT! by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 1998

"But a full, unnerving control probes the fraying mental states of the story's doomed and damned from beginning to end—a focus that makes for positively riveting results."
, he can't really refuse. Read full book review >

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KATHERINE CARLYLE by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A book that promises insight into the emotional detachment of our current technological overload should deliver more than the resolution of daddy issues."
A young woman sets out to find the isolation she craves in Thomson's (Secrecy, 2014, etc.) picaresque novel.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Will appeal to like-minded readers but may be unconvincing to others."
A proponent of New Age science offers a broad-ranging critique of modern science and presents an alternative approach. Read full book review >

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HELLO DARLING, ARE YOU WORKING? by Rupert Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1992

"But readers hungry for the latest sex-and- drugs update on the too-too beautiful people, darling, could make this a hit anyway."
Candide in modern drag: British actor Everett's first novel retails the naughty adventures of a pill-popping, omnisexual naif as he cruises a jet-set world in which everything, especially him, is for sale. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"Sheldrake is a pleasure not just because he roams way beyond the mechanistic theory of nature, but because he appreciates worthy new questions as well as answers, one such being the time-honored 'Why?' (b&w photos and drawings, not seen)"
An open-minded inquiry into animals' precognitive capabilities from Sheldrake (Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, 1995), attentive to the evidence and thoroughly investigative, conducted in the belief that science can be fun and rigorous, inquisitive as well as skeptical. Read full book review >