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Ian Beck

Ian Beck(1947- )
Ian Archibald Beck
is a popular English illustrator and author, whose work spans album covers, picture books, and fiction. In addition to his numerous children’s books, he is also most famous for his cover illustration on Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album. He has sold more than a million copies of his books worldwide. Ian lives in southwest London with his wife and three children. Read sample chapters at Ian Beck’s website.

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Pastworld: Great ideas, shallow characters

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Pastworld by Ian Beck

Pastworld is a theme park that is run by the Buckland Corporation. It is a complete authentic reproduction of 17th century London. Everything is authentic: the dress, the lack of electricity, even the 17th century laws. Everyone who visits Pastworld has to be authentic as well, right down to the luggage they carry and the toiletries they use.

But despite the fact that Pastworld has a few electronic security measures, crime runs rampant within the park. Underground “unofficials” beg and steal from the “gawkers” or visitors to the park, and sometimes do worse than just steal. There is a notorious criminal that is terrorizing the park. He’s known only as the “Fantom” and he murders his victims before removing their organs and heads to terrorize the city. But the Fantom has more in mind than just causing some discomfort to the park gawkers. He’s looking ... Read More

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Tom Trueheart — (2006-2011) Publisher: Will Tom ever have a story of his own? Tom Trueheart’s six older brothers are famous. They go on exciting quests in the Land of Stories to complete tales the Story Bureau assigns them. Tom stays at home with his mother. But when his brothers fail to return from their latest adventures in time for Tom’s twelfth birthday, a letter from the Story Bureau arrives … addressed to Tom. Only he can venture into the Land of Stories to find out why his brothers haven’t completed their missions. Tom packs his bags and kisses his mother good-bye. He’s about to discover a tale of his own… How will it end?
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fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsThe Hidden Kingdom — (2011) An ancient danger. A secret army. A brand new hero… A pampered prince who has to give up everything he has ever known. A warrior-like girl who has promised to carry out her duty at any cost. An obedient young servant with a mission to complete and an icy chill in his heart. As ancient demons rise around them and conspire to destroy their world, only these three people can defeat the evil which threatens to engulf them. But to do so they must first find a way to survive in the bitter, snowy lands where they are banished, and discover how to work together despite their differences. Only then will they be able to raise the secret armies of the hidden kingdom and fight for a new future together.


fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsThe Haunting of Charity Delafield — (2011) A magical, enchanting tale, with stunning illustrations that will transport you into another world.Flame-haired Charity Delafield has grown up in a vast, isolated house – most of which she is forbidden to explore – with her fiercely strict father. With only her kindly nurse, Rose, and her cat Mr Tompkins for company, she knows very little of the outside world — or of her own family’s shadowy past. What she does know is that she is NEVER to go outside unsupervised. And she is NEVER to over-excite herself, because of the mysterious ‘condition’ that she has been told she suffers from.But Charity has a secret. All her life, she has had the same strange dream — a dream of a dark corridor, hidden somewhere in the house. Then, one day, Charity stumbles across the corridor. It leads to a door… and suddenly she realises things are not quite what they seem.

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