Search Results: "Simon Tolkien"


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THE INHERITANCE by Simon Tolkien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 13, 2010

"Competently done, but largely forgettable."
Tolkien's second novel (The Final Witness, 2002), set in 1959 England, mixes an old-school murder mystery with courtroom melodrama. Read full book review >

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SIMON by Alexander Masters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"A rarefied glimpse at bizarre brilliance."
The breezy biography of a highly eccentric mathematician. Read full book review >

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SIMON by Richard Kennedy
Released: Feb. 25, 1954

"Historical romance on an old theme, broad enough to give it new life."
England during Cromwell's revolution, and especially that part of Devon which saw the heat of it, backgrounds an adventure of loyalties and plots, highlights a character and vividly paints the issues with which he has to deal. Read full book review >

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ORDERS FROM BERLIN by Simon Tolkien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"In his third Inspector Trave thriller, Tolkien's plot surpasses his prose, which often lacks subtlety or style. But satisfying twists and authentic WWII elements should keep readers engaged."
In the early years of World War II, a plot as ingenious as it is outrageous unfolds in London and Berlin. Read full book review >

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FINAL WITNESS by Simon Tolkien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Tolkien knows his way around a courtroom, that's for sure, but that doesn't stop him from resorting to Perry Mason-like cliché if the mood strikes him."
Standard-issue murder-mystery dramatics unfold in a world far, far away from Middle Earth. Read full book review >

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN by Alexandra Wallner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beguiling art props up a profile that reads like a school report. (timeline, bibliography, notes) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
A quick life of the great fantasist is given wings by allusive painted illustrations. Read full book review >

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J.R.R. TOLKIEN by David R. Collins
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 8, 1992

"Chronology; glossary; bibliography; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
Since there doesn't seem to be another biography of Tolkien for young readers, this pedestrian venture will probably be useful. Read full book review >

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NO MAN'S LAND by Simon Tolkien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A blend of a Dickensian epic and Downton Abbey, with the author arriving at a conclusion that could allow sequels."
Tolkien (Orders from Berlin, 2012, etc.) draws from the World War I-era experiences of his famous grandfather J.R.R. Tolkien to spin a saga worthy of Masterpiece Theater. Read full book review >

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THE KING OF DIAMONDS by Simon Tolkien
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2011

"A thick web of family tensions and psychological dysfunction with a whodunit chaser, Tolkien's third novel (The Inheritance, 2010, etc.) is elegantly written, with Masterpiece Theatre pacing and embellishments."
A prisoner escapes on the very night that his ex-girlfriend is murdered. Could it possibly be a coincidence? Read full book review >

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SICK SIMON by Dan Krall
by Dan Krall, illustrated by Dan Krall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though the science is not particularly solid, the message is an important one, and with the level of gross in the illustrations, it is sure to get through to young audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Krall's latest is a disgusting, tongue-in-cheek lesson in contagiousness. Read full book review >

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SIMON SAID by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

"Still, an accomplished debut."
A first novel set in Raleigh, N.C., where Pulitzer Prizewinner Simon Shaw teaches history at small, prestigious Kenan College, built largely on the estate once owned by the Bloodsworth family—now reduced to a distant cousin and her son Bobby Hinton, a student at Kenan. Read full book review >

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SIMPLE SIMON by Ryne Douglas Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"The Chicago landscape, meantime, is dimly glimpsed, and the climactic, glass-shattering shoot-out on top of the Sears Tower seems lifted from the Die Hard movies. (Film rights to Universal)"
A crowded, violent thriller involving an autistic boy who effortlessly cracks a supposedly unbreakable government communications code—and then becomes the target of murderous villainy from shady Washington spies and a sadistic Japanese hit- woman. Read full book review >