Search Results: "Stephen R. Lawhead"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BLACK ROOD by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Readers partial to Lawhead's rather awkward blend of mystical piety, adventure, and history should find enjoyment here."
A second Celtic crusade, and sequel to The Iron Lance (1998). Read full book review >

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GRAIL by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"For fans of the series: Lawhead's interpretation is different and distinctive, though this volume, while independently intelligible, is no place to start. (First printing of 35,000)"
Final installment of Lawhead's Pendragon cycle (Taliesin, 1987; Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, not seen) with its roots deep in Atlantis and, here, an unexpectedly upbeat ending. Read full book review >

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AVALON by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Pleasant but far from gripping, with the necessary inference that Lawhead's purpose is more agitprop than storytelling."
Historical/futuristic Arthuriana from the author of Grail, 1997, etc. In the not-too-distant future, Britain's drunken reprobate King Edward IX blows out his brains in a villa on Madeira. Read full book review >

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THE IRON LANCE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Familiar fare for Lawhead fans, watery gruel for outsiders or newcomers."
Historical fantasy and first of a "generational epic," so the publisher informs us, from Lawhead (Byzantium,1996, etc.), etc. Things get off to a poor start as Lawhead employs a trite, clumsy framing device. Read full book review >

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BYZANTIUM by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Far-fetched but often engrossing, with plenty of plot twists despite Lawhead's sometimes shaky grip on the details: Worthwhile for Lawhead regulars and historical-fantasy fans alike."
A new venture from the author of the Pendragon Cycle (The Endless Knot, 1993, etc.), though here the fantasy elements— ghosts, angels, some prophetic dreams—are all but imperceptible. Read full book review >

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PATRICK by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2003

"A straightforward Celtic paperback yarn, but this one is blessedly short on the talking trees, magic swords, and warrior maidens that clutter up so many from Lawhead (Mystic Rose, 2001, etc.). Still, you'll still need to be a serious Celt-ophile to get through it."
A fictionalized biography of St. Patrick, circa a.d. 400, concentrating on the "lost years" of the famous Irish patriarch. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTIC ROSE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"No questions that would bother Graham Greene, but those lusting for the True Path will eat it up."
Final volume of the Celtic Crusades trilogy begun with The Iron Lance (1998), in which lawyer Gordon Murray was introduced as narrator of a Scottish generational saga, with Murdo Ranulfson, son of Lord Ranulf of Dyrness, Orkney, going off on the Crusades and finding the iron lance that stabbed Christ at the Crucifixion. Read full book review >

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THE PARADISE WAR by Stephen Lawhead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Lawhead treats his Celtic lore with respect; the upshot is well handled and pleasingly restrained, a solid and readable opener for the series."
Celtic fantasy and first of a series from the author of the recent Pendragon Cycle Trilogy, In the Hall of the Dragon King, etc. The aristocratic Simon Rawnson and his American friend, narrator Lewis Gillies, are postgraduate students at Oxford, free to go chasing impetuously off to the far north of Scotland in pursuit of an extinct beast supposedly sighted by a farmer. Read full book review >

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Released: May 15, 1993

"Overall, a patchy but admirably restrained and above-average Celtic trilogy."
Wrapping up the trilogy of The Paradise War (1991) and The Silver Hand (1992), Lawhead's respectful reworking of Celtic source material. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER HAND by Stephen Lawhead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1992

"A slack and uneven installment."
Book two of Lawhead's Song of Albion trilogy (following The Paradise War). Read full book review >

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WHOSE SHOES? by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"EWSLUGp1991, but as that work is out of print, this will substitute nicely. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firefighter, chef, mail carrier, ballerina, clown, farmer, soccer player, National Guard soldier and construction worker are depicted through their footwear in this photo essay that asks the title question over and over. Read full book review >

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WHAT’S OPPOSITE? by Stephen R. Swinburne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The opening page, of two feet, one clad in a tie-dyed sock and one with its little toes each painted a different color, and the last shot, of a tiny baby hand atop an adult one, bookend the images with an opposite of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A photo essay in candy-bright colors that does better with its defining visuals than its text. Read full book review >