Search Results: "Troy Howell"


BOOK REVIEW

TROY by Richard Matturro
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Released: June 9, 1989

A detailed retelling of the Trojan War: Matturro's first novel uses legendary history as its basis, but includes character development and political strategy, so that events occur because of human nature rather than the will of the gods. Read full book review >

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TROY by David Gemmell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"A rousing conclusion for fans of the previous volumes—but not one for the purists."
Final volume in the authors' historical fantasy (Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow, 2005, etc.) very loosely based on The Iliad. The narrative was completed by Stella following the death of her husband in 2006. Read full book review >

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TROY by David Gemmell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Thoroughly captivating: Gemmell's fully-realized characters and their struggles exert a powerful attraction."
Forget warring Greeks and Trojans: Gemmell's splendidly plotted saga bears little resemblance to Homer, save for a certain coincidence of names. Read full book review >

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LUCY'S WINTER TALE by Amy Ehrlich
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Intriguing. (Young reader/Picture book. 5-9)"
In an imaginative tale echoing old-fashioned stories of running off with gypsies, Lucy—a child of an earlier time who's been taught to do as she's told—gets onto her father's horse with a mysterious stranger and rides into the night. Read full book review >

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THE MAIDEN ON THE MOOR by Marilyn Singer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"An adapted version of the ballad appears as a preface. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Tangentially inspired by an old English ballad (LC's 398.2 designation is questionable), this tale of a maiden found unconscious on a snowy moor has grand atmosphere but some unresolved mysteries. Read full book review >

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LIZBETH LOU GOT A ROCK IN HER SHOE by Troy Howell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Despite the issues with the limping narrative, the illustrations successfully hold the story together while conjuring a wistful air of yesteryear. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A stone in a child's shoe triggers an avalanche of small misfortunes. Read full book review >

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FAVORITE NORSE MYTHS by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Osborne's careful research and Howell's outstanding approach to illustration make this a worthy entry in the World's Great Stories series. (notes, bibliography, index) (Folklore. 8-12)"
Brisk, workmanlike retellings of some of the major stories in Norse mythology, beginning with the creation and ending with the destruction of the world at Ragnarok, and including familiar tales about Thor, Loki, and Odin. Read full book review >

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MERMAID TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD by Mary Pope Osborne
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A handsome, engrossing eye-opener. (Folklore. 10+)"
Osborne admits that when she began to collect mermaid tales she expected to find in them a ``typical legendary heroine— beautiful, kind, and in need of rescue.'' She was startled to find water-maids more commonly portrayed as powerful, strong-willed, and independent. Read full book review >

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FAVORITE MEDIEVAL TALES by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

Osborne and Howell (Favorite Norse Myths, 1996, etc.) reunite for these episodes from the lives of nine familiar mythical figures of the Middle Ages, among them Robin Hood, King Arthur, Roland, Sir Gawain, Finn MacCoul, and Beowulf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Shane's reporting is superb, and the way he frames the public policy debate makes the narrative compelling from start to finish."
New York Times national security reporter Shane compares and contrasts the trajectories of President Barack Obama and Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen residing in Yemen whom Obama ordered to be killed by a drone. Read full book review >

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DATELINE: TROY by Paul Fleischman
Released: March 1, 1996

"Despite these minor drawbacks, this is a superb and often inspiring work. (Folklore. 10+)"
Perhaps the ultimate model for making history relevant: Fleischman (A Fate Totally Worse Than Death, 1995, etc.) retells the major events of the Trojan War, while the accompanying collages show photos and newspaper articles and headlines from this century that in some way are similar to those ancient events. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF TROY by Peter Ackroyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"An entertaining, at times over-the-top historical pastiche, from a veteran yarn-spinner who Knows the Territory."
The life of archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890) is boldly fictionalized in the industrious British author's latest (The Lambs of London, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >