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Gary Blackwood

Author of The Shakespeare Stealer

37+ Works 5,043 Members 68 Reviews 4 Favorited

About the Author

Series

Works by Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer (1998) 2,313 copies
Shakespeare's Scribe (2000) 723 copies
Shakespeare's Spy (2003) 516 copies
The Year of the Hangman (2002) 465 copies
Wild Timothy (1987) 123 copies
Around the World in 100 Days (2010) 112 copies
Second Sight (1747) 87 copies
Curiosity (2014) 71 copies
Beyond the Door (1991) 25 copies
Debatable deaths (2006) 16 copies

Associated Works

Short Circuits (1992) — Contributor — 35 copies

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Birthdate
1945-10-23
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Cochranton, Pennsylvania, USA
Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA
Education
Grove City College
Short biography
Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He lives near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. [adapted from Amazon.com Author Page, 6/26/2014]

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Reviews

A quick YA read that reminded me of Shakespeare in Love. It would be a great introduction to Shakespeare for a middle school kid. Widge is an orphan who has yet to find a kind family. He is tasked with stealing a script of Hamlet and discovers a love of acting instead. There’s a quick pace with a few twists and it’s an easy read. I’d recommend for 5th or 6th grade.
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bookworm12 | 27 other reviews | Mar 29, 2023 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The premise of the book was interesting enough for me to request it. However, the constant karate references just broke my interest. It also didn't seem to really fit the young adult category. The story within a story was somewhat intriguing and I found the historical detail by the author to be well done. All in all, it's only an 'okay' read.
½
 
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susanab_ | 3 other reviews | Sep 25, 2022 |
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I found “The Devil to Pay” entertaining and engaging, although not very complex. But that’s OK, it kept my interest, had an exciting plot development, believable characters and offered me a nostalgic remembrance of a time period I grew up in. The author did a good job of capturing the turbulent Vietnam period and the confusing emotions arising from a government and industry becoming increasingly untrustworthy. The narrator sometimes slips between past and present tense but this should be blamed on the editor. I enjoyed the story within a story the journal provided and found it informative and found the story thought provoking. The author weaves romance, humor, action and mystery into a compelling summer read.… (more)
 
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Rwcwcollection | 3 other reviews | Sep 8, 2022 |

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Statistics

Works
37
Also by
1
Members
5,043
Popularity
#4,960
Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
68
ISBNs
135
Languages
4
Favorited
4

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