Search Results: "T.A. Critchley"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 1986

"This one's a winning combination: a spellbinding mystery replete with authentic historical minutiae, and a brooding, teeming early-19th-century locale."
A true tale of murder most foul in Regency London in which James' mystery-writing witchery is joined with Critchley's police history know-how. Read full book review >

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MEMORY THEATER by Simon Critchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"This strange, mesmerizing novel is hard to shake, evoking lucidity, mortality, and weirdness in equally memorable measures."
An academic receives a series of documents from a deceased colleague, leading him down an obsessive path. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Who cares? (map, history of Avalon) (Fantasy. 10+)"
When they're written well, classic fantasy motifs give a story richness, archetypal depth, and solid scaffolding—but badly done, they cause only wincing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 1997

"Well-written, full of fascinating character studies and incidents, this is a solid, useful reference on what may be the defining accomplishment of our era."
Once the exclusive province of science fiction, space flight is now the stuff of sober (though hardly dull) history. Read full book review >

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MERLIN’S DRAGON by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Rather than offering 'a world profoundly rich in both wonder and mystery,' as it boasts, this overindulgence delivers readers nothing but smugness. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
A new series opens in Barron's trite version of Avalon. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN SONGS OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"A rich and resonant read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This second installment of the sequence that began with The Lost Years of Merlin (1996) is as full of action and excitement as its predecessor, but is kinder and gentler in tone; while its origins are epic, it is foremost a tale of the heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUBVERSION by T.A. Alderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2001

"Newcomer Alderson develops a complex plot with real skill, though his laconic style removes the juiciness of a true thriller. And the heroine's matter-of-fact amorality and cynicism fall flat."
Tough-talking lawyer investigates the disappearance of millions from a corporate account—and finds out what happened to her missing father. Read full book review >

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THE WISDOM OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
Released: March 24, 2015

"Words to live by, trite and larded with sentiment though they be in this particular iteration. (Inspiration. 17 & up)"
A small volume of homilies, spun from a 2013 speech and perfect for a graduate's gift (should pots of money not be an option). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Environmentalist, author of several epic-length fantasies, and founder of an award for heroic young people, Barron invites readers to hike with an international company of heroes drawn from history, literature, and contemporary news reports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TREE GIRL by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Forsooth. (Fiction 8-11)"
In this short fantasy novel, nine-year-old Rowanna, who lives in an isolated cottage with an old fisherman she calls Master, longs to learn more about her mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Suicide by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 2015

"A brief yet erudite and compellingly original survey that will provoke both personal thought and lively group discussion."
A unique dialectic on the contentious phenomenon of suicide from a noted British philosopher and academic. Read full book review >

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WHAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT SOCCER by Simon Critchley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Naturally, soccer fans will get more out of this book than fans of other sports, but anyone who is passionate about a game and is willing to read a smart assessment of what it means to be a fan will find much to admire."
An exploration of why soccer is beautiful and how its beauty (and occasional ugliness) manifests. Read full book review >