Search Results: "Simon Tolkien"


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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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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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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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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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ROVERANDOM by J.R.R. Tolkien
Released: April 1, 1998

"Even for Tolkien scholars, these are awfully thin bones to pick over."
In 1925, the Tolkien family took a vacation at the beach, where four-year-old Michael lost his favorite object, a tiny toy dog. Read full book review >

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POEMS AND STORIES by J.R.R. Tolkien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 16, 1994

"Some of these may be familiar, or available individually; still, this collection is a splendid accompaniment for existing fans, or an excellent introduction for newcomers."
A collection of pieces, 1949-75, that barely touches upon the Middle-Earth scenario for which Tolkien (1829-1973) is justly famous; overall, however, it renders a much more complete account of this scholar, poet, critic, and storyteller's talents. Read full book review >

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BEOWULF by J.R.R. Tolkien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2014

"Essential for students of the Old English poem—and the ideal gift for devotees of the One Ring."
Hwaet! A sparkling revisitation of Danish meadhalls and boggy monsters' lairs by Hobbitmeister Tolkien. Read full book review >

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BEREN AND LÚTHIEN by J.R.R. Tolkien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"The story has it all: swords, sorcery, and pure and undying love. (Excellent illustrations, too.) Essential grounding for an epic cycle that shows no signs of ending anytime soon."
Frodo-heads rejoice: from the Tolkien factory comes a foundational story a century in the making, one yarn to rule them all. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF KULLERVO by J.R.R. Tolkien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"Tolkien compleatists will want to have this, of course, but serious students of his work and of world folklore will appreciate this more than will general readers."
Hobbitmeister Tolkien's first effort at fantasy, surrounded by scholarly scaffolding. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN OF HÚRIN by J.R.R. Tolkien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 17, 2007

"A fine addition to a deservedly well-loved body of work."
All your old T-shirts and bumper stickers inscribed "Frodo Lives" may have to be replaced. Read full book review >

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ROBOT BURP HEAD SMARTYPANTS! by Annette Simon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A lot of eructation, with a little education. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The mechanical rivals of Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (2012) go for the full "alphabelch" in this effervescent return. Read full book review >