Search Results: "Tom Holland"


BOOK REVIEW

TOM by Daniel Torres
by Daniel Torres, translated by Julie Simmons-Lynch, illustrated by Daniel Torres
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Then again, this book is supposed to be about art, so maybe the words don't matter. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first book is a big tribute to New York City and a little satire about the superficiality of the public's taste in art, wrapped in a story about a dinosaur. Read full book review >

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UNCLE HOLLAND by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Austere and quirky, with lots of room for conversations. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A serial thief faces his choice of consequence. Read full book review >

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TOM by Lyle Leverich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Affectionate and affecting, dense with arresting detail, likely to be definitive. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New Yorker)"
Artistically and psychologically acute biography of the great American poet-playwright. Read full book review >

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TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLAVE OF MY THIRST by Tom Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Even Dracula's epistolary style can stultify."
The author of Lord of the Dead (1995), the story of the wildly bipolar Lord Byron becoming ruler of the planet's vampires at age 19, returns with a sequel and a fresh look at London's bloodsuckers. Read full book review >

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DYNASTY by Tom Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A vivid account of five Roman emperors, emphasizing their vices and vicious behavior with less attention to the vast empire, which continued to prosper despite them."
A decade after his award-winning life of Julius Caesar (Rubicon, 2004), veteran historian Holland (In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire, 2012, etc.) delivers biographies of five descendants who ruled after his death.Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE DEAD by Tom Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Attractive figures in living pasteboard, yes, but a sequel seems likely, as long as Byron still lives and longs to escape eternity. (First printing of 75,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club featured alternate; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Gothic Sturm and Drang by British scholar Holland, whose first novel tells how a 19-year-old Lord Byron becomes emperor of the planet's vampires. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2012

"Smoothly composed history and fine scholarship."
Elegant study of the roiling era of internecine religious rivalry and epic strife that saw the nation of Islam rise and conquer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"With its mordant depiction of a republic pursuing imperial ends while its citizens pay lip service to political values they no longer practice, Holland's gripping narrative has particularly uncomfortable resonance for contemporary American readers."
A splendid account of the death of the Roman Republic, particularly notable for the author's ability to decode the underlying beliefs that drove events. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2006

"A welcome popularization of ancient history, with a nicely vengeful cliffhanger of an ending that begs for a sequel."
Why do they hate us? That's what Herodotus wanted to know, and this lively history of the Persian Wars ventures a few answers. Read full book review >