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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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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FOX WALKED ALONE by Barbara Reid
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The quality of the wry, understated text and the fascinating, unusual illustrations make this version stand out in a crowded sea of Noah's Ark interpretations. (Picture book/religion. 3-6)"
The appealing cover of this Noah's Ark story shows the dapper Fox strutting along, turning his head toward the reader to smile invitingly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO BY TWO by Barbara Reid
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Music included. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Adopting the verse scheme of the traditional song, Reid recounts the building of Noah's Ark and writes a new couplet for each number up to ten (``And in came the animals six by six,/Pandas and penguins, all in a mix''). Read full book review >

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NO TOOTING AT TEA by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Too bad this tea is lukewarm. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's teatime, and everything must be perfect. But wait—what was that sound? Read full book review >

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IT’S GETTING LATER ALL THE TIME by Antonio Tabucchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2006

"Of necessity somewhat fragmentary. Still, another engagingly original work from one of Europe's most interesting writers."
The impermanence and the frustrations of romantic love are evoked with sly wit and operatic brio in the versatile Italian author's newly translated 2001 confection. Read full book review >

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SWEET 16 TO LIFE by Kimberly Reid
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A cliffhanger ending will have readers clamoring for more. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
Chanti Evans is back in another episode of street-smart crime-solving in the Langdon Prep series. Read full book review >