Search Results: "Alastair Brotchie"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An improbably enjoyable collection."
Oulipo Laboratory ($15.99 paperback original; Aug. 1996; 256 pp.; 0-947757-89-9): An anthology of representative writings from the French experimental group (the ``Workshop for Potential Literature'') that was founded by post-surrealist Raymond Queneau for the purpose of exploring the possibilities of combining literature with mathematics, and whose members included such other verbal magicians as Italo Calvino and Georges Perec. Read full book review >

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MR. BLEWITT’S NOSE by Alastair Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: May 30, 2005

"EWSLUGp2003 or William Kotzwinkle's and Glenn Murray's Walter the Farting Dog (2001). (Picture book. 6-8)"
When helpful young Primrose Pumpkin finds a human nose on a park bench—"something you rarely see on an average street in a normal town on a humdrum sort of day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Anyway, an imaginative riot that should provide hours of entertainment. (Picture book. 5+)"
For Waldo fans, another oversize wordless book to pore over. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALL IN THE MIND by Alastair Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2009

"Campbell has a talent for imagining lost souls, but he needs a story worthy of them."
A psychiatrist wrestles with his clients' demons—and his own—in the first novel from Tony Blair's former spokesperson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A hefty buff book. (108 b&w illustrations)"
The prolific shelter magazine writer chronicles the shifting architectural conceptions of an airport, from classical shrines to the dreams of Lindbergh and the Wrights to passenger-processing "tunnels to nowhere." Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF SUNS by Alastair Reynolds
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2009

"Absorbing, but lacking the edgy brilliance and almost desperate urgency of the Revelation novels."
Far-future, galaxy-spanning space opera involving clones, robots, mass murder and hundreds of post-human cultures, some alive, most extinct, set in a universe different than Reynolds' Revelation Space yarns (Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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DIAMOND DOGS, TURQUOISE DAYS by Alastair Reynolds
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"'Dogs' is certainly the stronger, though both tales are noteworthy; readers familiar with Reynolds will find intriguing sidebars, while those unacquainted should try the novels first."
Reynolds's ambitious, stunningly detailed Revelation Space trilogy (Revelation Space, paperback, etc.) seethes with post-human Demarchists, Ultras and Conjoiners, and alien Shrouders, Pattern Jugglers and Inhibitors. Here, two novellas share the grand setting but not characters or plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNBELIEVERS by Alastair Sim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Victorian yet gritty, a debut that will intrigue fans of police procedurals and historical fiction alike."
A police inspector tracks a Duke's killer in 1865 Scotland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE YOU TOO by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A rhyming invitation for adults and children to read together. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A daughter finishes each one of her father's sentences as the two pink pigs go through their shared day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2014

"A scintillating poke to our geographical imaginations."
A wonderful collection of a few dozen geographical enchantments, places that defy expectations and may disturb and disorient yet rekindle the romanticism of exploration and the meaning of place. Read full book review >

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KIERKEGAARD by Alastair Hannay
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Kierkegaard's great fear was that later thinkers would cram his life's work into a two-paragraph précis; Hannay has gone to great lengths to prevent that from ever happening."
An intellectual biography of Denmark's second-most famous melancholic. Read full book review >