Search Results: "Alasdair Gray"


BOOK REVIEW

A HISTORY MAKER by Alasdair Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"A journey to the future, with an edge blunted by whimsy but nonetheless sly and startling as Gray turns history on its head."
From the always original Gray (Ten Tales Tall and True, 1994, etc.), allegorical musings on war masquerading as a rambunctious novel set in 23rd-century Scotland, which, here, more resembles the Highlands in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Read full book review >

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POOR THINGS by Alasdair Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"And, as an extra bonus, lavish illustrations by the author himself."
The recent winner of Whitbread Novel Award for 1992, as well as the Guardian Fiction Prize: a witty sendup of the Victorian pantheon as Scottish novelist Gray (Sporting Leather, 1991, etc.) masterfully demolishes those scientific, cultural, and social shibboleths that so comforted our forebears. Read full book review >

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THE ENDS OF OUR TETHERS by Alasdair Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Let Gray be Gray, and he won't disappoint you."
A most curious collection of semiautobiographical stories, from the veteran Scots author (the Whitbread-winner Poor Things, 1993; etc.) and graphic artist. Read full book review >

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TEN TALES TALL AND TRUE by Alasdair Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"A remarkably unpretentious mix of wit and wisdom infused with a palpable delight in telling stories that will never turn stale."
In this collection of (in fact) more than ten stories noted Scottish writer Alasdair Gray (Poor Things, 1993) again displays both his artistic talents—the illustrations are his own—and his sometimes quirky, but always original storytelling gifts. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING LEATHER by Alasdair Gray
Released: June 1, 1991

"But the sum, unfortunately, is not equal to the often very good parts."
Combining what he calls ``the amenities of a novel with the variety of a story collection,'' Scottish author Gray (Lanark, The Fall of Kelvin Walker) presents a witty, if uneven, tale of four women brought together by ``something leather.'' Set mostly in Glasgow, at a time when the city is poised for urban renewal, the vignettes here concern the past lives of the four women. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRAY by Pete Wentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Accomplished, though the mean-spirited denouement may put off some readers, and the lead's lack of transformation gives it a dark undercurrent."
A young rock star marinates himself in psychotropic drugs, ruminates on life on the road and pines away for his girl. Read full book review >

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FIELD GRAY by Philip Kerr
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2011

"An accomplished thriller."
When fans meet Bernie Gunther in this latest saga in the adventurous life of the hard-bitten, sardonic policeman, Kerr's (If the Dead Rise Not, 2010, etc.) stalwart Berliner detective is in pre-Castro Cuba. Read full book review >

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GRAY MATTER by Gary Braver
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A solid enough performer but unlikely to win the author many new fans."
Medical thriller with an abundance of preaching—and a blessed lack of typical plot machinations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALASKA GRAY by Susan Froetschel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Even Jane's dread secret turns out to be disappointingly guilt-free."
Her new job as director of finance for Sitka's Katmai Shee Inc. canceled before she even has a chance to show up for work, Jane McBride, already smitten with the Alaskan town and resolved not to go back to Boston and the unspeakable secret she left behind there, lands a lesser job teaching economics at Holmes Barrett College and stays on with native Katmai Shee director/TV news reporter Francesca LaQuestion while she cultivates friendships with brotherly Daily Record reporter Bob Denson, psychiatrist Michael Benoit, and Holmes Barrett museum curator Daniel Greer. Read full book review >

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GRAY SKIES by David Self
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A succinct historical war novel that combines thorough research with a moving family tale."
Self's debut Civil War novel fictionalizes the true story of his ancestors and their place in United States history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 1999

"A book a bit prolix but quite sagacious on an urgent topic, that might serve as a handbook for a new world agency."
The good news is that we are all living longer. Read full book review >

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GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Literary fast food: It's tasty enough, but it's probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal."
"I want all the boys to sit up straight and notice, and not just my ass." Yup, there's a new sheriff in town, and she's come to bring down Big Coal—and maybe strut her stuff, too. Read full book review >