Search Results: "Adrian Bejan"


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THE PHYSICS OF LIFE by Adrian Bejan
NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 2016

"Unique and entirely fascinating, this book will linger in your consciousness and prompt you to look at the world with fresh eyes."
Renowned energy scientist Bejan (Mechanical Engineering/Duke Univ.; co-author: Design in Nature, 2013, etc.) reorients the query "what is life" within the perspective of physics. Read full book review >

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ADRIAN MOLE by Sue Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Some of Townsend's veddy British jokes don't cross the Atlantic, but those that do are funny, frivolous, and devastatingly dead-on."
More satirical diaries of a persistently pathetic English everyman pitches brickbats and sourballs at Tony Blair, Princess Di worshippers, TV cooking shows, celibacy, and the ever increasing bunch of village idiots and ne'er-do-wells in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"Bejan provides clear explanations of basic design principles as they apply to fluid flow, the design of computer chips and the function of animal circulatory systems, but his broader claim to have discovered an umbrella theory about the universe is unconvincing."
Thermodynamics expert Bejan (Engineering/Duke Univ.; Porous and Complex Flow Structures in Modern Technologies, 2011 etc.) claims to have discovered a new scientific principle called the "constructal law." Read full book review >

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ADRIAN MOLE AND THE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION by Sue Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Laugh-out-loud one-liners ensure that even the uninitiated will enjoy Adrian Mole's journey through Townsend's cruel, comic world."
Loveable loser Adrian Mole turns 35 in the latest installment in the British series. Read full book review >

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THAT’S NOT FUNNY! by Adrian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"But probably not. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Johnson lowers the boom—or more precisely, the elephant—on a lad who takes delight in the misfortunes of others in a pointed, if unconvincing, import illustrated in a postmodern, retro-'50s style. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S FARMYARD ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"He makes it real that this is the kind of adventure a kid could have on his own, inviting a free association with Pete. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The boy and the stuffed polar bear from Pete and Polo's Big School Adventure (2000) take a trip to Grandpa's farm. Read full book review >

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PETE AND POLO’S BIG SCHOOL ADVENTURE by Adrian Reynolds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"While the story doesn't break any new ground, the comforting tale will reassure young children awaiting their own big first day of school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This cozy debut as an author from illustrator Reynolds (Sammy and the Dinosaurs, 1999) sympathetically addresses the jitters that often herald the transition into preschool. Read full book review >

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PAX ROMANA by Adrian Goldsworthy
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An engrossing account of how the Roman Empire grew and operated."
An exploration of the "Roman Peace," which held "sway over much of Western Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa for centuries." Read full book review >

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CLOSE QUARTERS by Adrian Magson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Prolific Magson's second round for Portman (The Watchman, 2014, etc.) delivers in the clinch, with gripping, authentic action scenes. The stateside segments are distinctly less memorable."
A rugged CIA contractor encounters enemies from all sides when he tries to rescue a State Department wonk held captive in Ukraine. Read full book review >

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SUMMER ON THE MOON by Adrian Fogelin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Steeped in violence (more implied than graphic) and poverty, but focused on love and hope. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Meet Socrates, better known as Socko, on the first day of summer before his eighth-grade year, a summer that will change his life forever. Read full book review >

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TRACERS by Adrian Magson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2011

"Convoluted derring-do best enjoyed by the conspiracy crowd."
Spies spying on spies. Read full book review >

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RED STATION by Adrian Magson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2010

"First in a proposed thriller series that promises to be heavy on derring-do, political malfeasance and the hero's invincibility."
An MI5 agent outwits his handlers. Read full book review >