Search Results: "William Golding"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DOUBLE TONGUE by William Golding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The Nobelist's stature may have made it inevitable that this be brought to market, but admirers of Golding will recognize it for what it is: intriguing, but unfinished."
The final draft of a novel-in-progress at Golding's death, in 1993, is more than a mere footnote to the distinguished work of the Nobel Prizewinnerbut far less than a full-bodied tale worthy of being judged on its own merits. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE FLIES by William Golding
Released: Jan. 1, 1954

"The publishers parallel this - not without justification - with Richard Hughes' High Wind In Jamaica."
A fantasy is a singular - and singularly - believable spellbinder, and within the framework of its premises achieves a tremendous impetus and impact. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER SEA by Julia Golding
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The aftermath of Freydis's ultimate battle sacrifice will tug heartstrings—but only if readers persist through several hundred pages of plodding, overexplanatory prose that makes revelations and epic import feel lukewarm. (author's note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Though bursting with bloody battles, romance and sacrifice, this archetypal-hero legend falls prey to unsubtle prose and uneasy racial constructions. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN'S GIFT by Michael Golding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Drive-by history with a clumsy subtext that strains for meaning and heft."
A fast-paced, name-dropping tour through the recent past, complete with obligatory calls at various Big Moments. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Some historical figures drift through these pages, the pace is quick and engaging and the colorful evocation of 1790s London will keep readers plunging on and awaiting the next installment. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Hang on for the wild ride of Cat Royal's second adventure, after The Diamond of Drury Lane (2008). Read full book review >

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ALPHABABIES by Kim Golding
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Most children won't notice, and will relish the jack-in-the-box, haughty queen, or exuberant band leader conducting an orchestra of violins. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh look at the alphabet: Golding combines photographed baby heads and pudgy arms and legs with computer-generated costumes and virtual settings. Read full book review >

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DRAGONFLY by Julia Golding
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

This familiar-feeling fantasy devotes much energy to culture creation and culture clash but disquietingly favors one over others. Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINATION by Paul Golding
Released: Oct. 31, 2000

"Good writing pretty much wasted on an undeveloped premise."
An intense, scrupulously eloquent debut, by a young English writer, charts a secretive homosexual's progress through adult hypocrisy and deceit to a state of alienation so pervasive that he essentially condemns himself to disillusionment and sardonic despair. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"Structurally epic but gentle in aura; an easily accessible tale for readers who enjoy mythical creatures. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Golding offers the softer side of adventure fantasy. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Intelligent. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
In the final installment of her timely eco-fantasy quartet, Golding uses clear, calm prose to portray grave magical and environmental threats that will absorb her readers without spooking them. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Set in two coastal English towns and the woods between them, this pleasantly earnest series will appeal especially to fans of golden dragons and human-animal bonding. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Epic in structure but gentle in vibe, this series about mythical creatures now shifts from one primary perspective to two. Read full book review >

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CAT O’NINE TAILS by Julia Golding
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The once-fresh Cat's getting a bit stale. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The fourth installment of this series is a little too long, the adventures a little too forced and Cat falls a little too easily into and out of scrapes. Read full book review >