Search Results: "Fentress Architects"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL ARCHITECTS by John Nicholson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Consider this import a companion or alternative to Bert Kitchen's more striking And So They Build (1993) or Barbara Taylor's photographic survey, Animal Homes (1996). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
From a sea turtle's portable shell to the "Skyscrapers of Spit and Sand" built by some termites, or the elaborate nests of titmice and weaver birds, Nicholson surveys the astonishing range of structures that animals construct as temporary or permanent homes. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ARCHITECTS by Russell Freedman
ANIMALS
Released: May 15, 1971

"A congenial and informative tour."
Though the subject lacks the inherent conceptual interest of the author's Animal Instincts (1970) or How Animals Learn (1969), this treatment of animal homes, from air-conditioned termite cities to the huge underground Texas metropolis housing 400 million prairie dogs, is up to his high standards of clarity, relevant detail, and respect for subject and reader. Read full book review >

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CLOVER by Scott  Bergstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Still, there's a lot to admire in an app sprung from a bold design choice that errs on the side of simplicity and which, for the most part, works very well. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
An adventurous dog takes an improbable global trip to find her master. Read full book review >

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ARCHITECTS OF EMORTALITY by Brian Stableford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"Impressive biological speculations and an intriguing setup, but the stodgy investigation isn—t helped either by the obscure motive or the tale's overstuffing with pointless Victoriana."
Science fiction whodunit set in the same future as Inherit the Earth (1998) from Stableford (to whom, last time out, Kirkus ascribed the output of fellow-Britisher Brian Lumley—apologies to both authors). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 1997

"Perhaps the Web is Reid's Camelot and Gates his Castro."
An authoritative overview of the last three years on the Internet that is is plagued, however, by serious questions of audience, an elitist voice, and an almost paranoid preoccupation with Microsoft's Bill Gates. Read full book review >

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DISCOVER AMERICA'S FAVORITE ARCHITECTS by Patricia Brown Glenn
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Nov. 29, 1996

"Helpful back matter will make this a valuable—but not stand-alone—resource for budding builders and draftpersons. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10+)"
The lives and careers of ten movers and shakers are gathered in this user-friendly introduction to the history of American architecture from the team behind Under Every Roof (1993, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Sometimes exciting, sometimes tedious, always supported by a sturdy foundation of fact and tireless archival research. (3 maps, 18 plates)"
A thoroughly researched history of the origins of the Mafia in Sicily. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"Intellectually robust look at the delicate relationship between profound design and filthy lucre."
Acerbic examination of the relationships between despots, presidents and the super-rich, and the architects who vie for their commissions. Read full book review >

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DELIRIUM by Douglas Cooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 24, 1998

"A further descent into the maelstrom, or some promise of recovery?"
The desire of architecture to impose order, and the repercussions of artistic ``overreaching,'' are given dramatic and often cryptic symbolic expression in this unusual second novel (``the first-ever to be serialized on the Web'') from the Canadian- born Cooper, who's a comic-surrealist crossbreed of the late Lawrence Durrell and William S. Burroughs. Read full book review >

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HOW ARCHITECTURE WORKS by Witold Rybczysnki
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Rybczynski is an artful conductor and learned hand who leaves much of the pleasure of architectural discovery to readers."
The erudite and architecturally well-traveled Rybczynski (Makeshift Metropolis: Ideas About Cities, 2010, etc.) offers a brimming toolkit that we should bring to "our daily experience of buildings, which is practical as well as aesthetic." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAVEN'S FALL by David S. Goyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Readers will, eventually, figure out what's going on. But will they care? Some. Maybe. What's really surprising is that authors with such impressive screen/scriptwriting credentials (The Dark Knight, The Twilight Zone) could labor so mightily to achieve mere mediocrity."
Final part of the alien-contact trilogy (Heaven's War, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >