Archives by Tag '2000′s'

Review: ‘The High Lord’ by Trudi Canavan

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Sunday, November 14, 2010

Title: Author: Trudi Canavan Published: Orbit, 2007, pp. 674.  Originally published 2003. Genre: Fantasy Blurb: In the city of Imardin, where those who wield magic wield power, a young street-girl, adopted by the Magicians’ Guild, finds herself at the centre of a terrible plot that may destroy the entire world… Sonea has learned much at [...]

Review: ‘The Lollipop Shoes’ by Joanne Harris

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Title: Author: Joanne Harris Published: Black Swan, 2008, pp. 572.  Originally published 2007. Genre: Fiction Blurb: Seeking refuge and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her daughters, Rosette and Annie, live peacefully, if not happily, above their little chocolate shop.  Nothing unusual marks them out; no red sachets hang by the door.  [...]

Review: ‘Offbeat Bride’ by Ariel Meadow Stallings

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Title: Offbeat Bride – Taffeta-Free Alternatives for Independent Brides Author: Ariel Meadow Stallings Published: Seal Press, 2006, pp. 219 Genre: Wedding planning Blurb: Unenthused by a white wedding gown and bored by the hoopla of the Hollywood-style reception, Ariel Meadow Stallings found herself absolutely exhausted with the nuances of traditional nuptials. So, she chose to [...]

Review: ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’ by Brian Selznick

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Sunday, October 17, 2010

Title: The Invention of Hugo Cabret Author: Brian Selznick Published: Scholastic, 2007, pp. 533 Genre: Young adult historical fiction Blurb: Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity.  But when his world suddenly interlocks — like the gears of [...]

Review: ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ by Diane Setterfield

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Title: The Thirteenth Tale Author: Diane Setterfield Published: Orion, 2007, pp. 470 Genre: Historical gothic mystery Blurb: Angelfield House stands abandoned and forgotten.  It was once the imposing home of the March family – fascinating, manipulative Isabelle, Charlie, her brutal and dangerous brother, and the wild, untamed twins, Emmeline and Adeline.  But Angelfield House conceals [...]

Review: ‘The Novice’ by Trudi Canavan

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Title: The Novice (Black Magician Trilogy II) Author: Trudi Canavan Published: Orbit, 2007, pp. 581 Genre: Fantasy Blurb: Imardin is a city of dark intrigues and deadly politics, where those who wield magic wield power.  Into this established order has blundered a young street-girl with extraordinary magical gifts.  Adopted by the Magicians’ Guild, her life is [...]

Review: ‘And Another Thing…’ by Eoin Colfer, in the style of Douglas Adams

By oldenglishthorn - Last updated: Monday, September 20, 2010

My husband-to-be has apparently been bitten by the book-blogging bug, and so I have decided to allow him one guest review, on probation. This may or may not become a regular feature… Title: And Another Thing… Author: Eoin Colfer (in the style of Douglas Adams) Published: Penguin, 2010, pp. 340 Blurb: Arthur Dent led a [...]

Review: ‘The Last Witchfinder’ by James Morrow

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Saturday, September 18, 2010

Title: The Last Witchfinder Author: James Morrow Published: Phoenix, 2006, pp. 573 Genre: Historical fiction Blurb:In the spring of 1688, Walter Stearne, Witchfinder-General for Mercia and East Anglia, roams the countryside in search of heretics.  His daughter Jennet is left behind in the care of her Aunt Isobel, who schools her in the New Philosophy [...]

Review: ‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Title: The Little Stranger Author: Sarah Waters Published:Virago, 2010, pp. 501 Genre: Historical gothic fiction Blurb: In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall.  Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, [...]

Review: ‘A Lion Among Men’ by Gregory Maguire

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, September 2, 2010

Title: A Lion Among Men Author: Gregory Maguire Published: Headline Review, 2009, pp. 426 Genre: Fantasy Blurb: While civil war looms in Oz, an oracle named Yackles prepares for death.  Before her final hour, the Cowardly Lion arrives searching for information about Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.  Yackles, who hovered on the sidelines [...]