Search Results: "Alastair Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A fruitful if arguable thesis yields a book worth reading in this election year."
A stimulating look at the presidency from the vantage point of the wars America has fought—and, in some instances, the none-too-noble reasons for them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"An unabashed study of the uses and abuses of realpolitik."
Why politics is a matter of gamesmanship, and why the winners are those who understand the rules of the game. 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 >

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THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION by Alastair Heim
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"This silly story turns convention on its head, and kids who get the joke will surely giggle. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Hordes of puppies take over the town of Strictville, and no one knows how to react. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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

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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OCEAN SEA by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Silk was remarkable for its haunting clarity; Ocean Sea is a metaphysical-symbolic miasma in which the intrigued reader can only flounder."
The sea is both cradle of life and lodestone as it draws men toward madness—in this frustratingly elusive fiction,Italian musicologist Baricco's second to appear in English (the novella Silk, 1997). Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >