Search Results: "Alastair Reid"


BOOK REVIEW

ANTIPODES by Ignacio Padilla
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Pleasant but slight near-nothings that seem the clones, if not of Borges himself, then of the spirit of that writer's offerings."
From Mexico's Padilla (Shadow Without a Name, 2003), a dozen trinkets about far-flung places, exotic times, weird people, weird things. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUPPOSING... by Alastair Reid
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"As fascination with cause and effect is a classic phase of childhood, this book would seem to have a natural place in both bedrooms and classrooms; though the flat, mannered cartoons may be initially off-putting to kids, the concept will beguile them. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A 1960 text from Reid is paired to all-new illustrations from Gill that realize one child's beguiling hypotheses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

SWOLLOBOG by Alastair Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"For those children, especially ones who may have one of Swollobog's cousins at home, this British import will hit the spot. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A wry tall tale about a dog that eats everything—and that really means everything. 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

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 >

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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE REMEMBERED EARTH by Alastair Reynolds
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 5, 2012

"Readers hoping for adventures in the mind-boggling fashion of Revelation Space may emerge dissatisfied but certainly not deterred."
First volume of a new planet-hopping series from the author of Terminal World (2010). Read full book review >