Search Results: "Alexander Besher"


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MIR by Alexander Besher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1998

"But with little structure or plot, it subsides into mere VR froth."
A quasi-sequel to Besher's flavorsome cyber-reality Rim (1994), with a somewhat different backdrop but some of the characters in common. Read full book review >

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RIM by Alexander Besher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"While the ride gets bumpy, it marks the debut of a writer who isn't afraid to try a new road through familiar territory."
Besher serves up cyberpunk with a ginseng twist and the scent of sandalwood incense. Read full book review >

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CHI by Alexander Besher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1999

"Plenty of jokes and many fine fragments, but baggy, shapeless, and meandering overall: for ardent admirers only."
Conclusion, so we—re told, to Besher's cult quasi-trilogy: each book has a slightly different backdrop and a few characters in common. Read full book review >

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MILLIE TO THE RESCUE by Alexander Steffensmeier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"While difficult not to compare to Oliver Jeffers' Stuck (2011), this crazy cast of characters certainly holds its own. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cats get stuck in trees all the time, but how does a whole farm end up there? Read full book review >

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BEVERLY BILLINGSLY TAKES THE CAKE by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Stadler's party-colored artwork, with its thick, raw, black outlining manages to convey a tender vulnerability in all its guilelessness. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Beverly meets her match in a caramel-candy castle cake, a generous present she's making for a friend's birthday. Read full book review >

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I’LL NEVER SHARE YOU, BLACKBOARD BEAR by Martha Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A spare and effective vote for sharing (and a good example of how to avoid a pulping), cleverly drawn by Alexander to invest the real world with watercolor dreaminess, while the fantastical bear maintains a concrete—indeed, opaque gray—presence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alexander adds a new tale to her much-loved series about the bear who comes to life from a drawing on a blackboard. Read full book review >

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MAGIC THUMBELINA by Alexander Pogrebniak
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 29, 2011

"Not the slickest app ever, but the art is well worth second and third looks. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
An alternate track of instrumental rock adds an unusual dimension to this paraphrased version of the classic female-bondage/abandonment tale. Read full book review >

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LILA BLOOM by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2004

After a bad day at school a little girl named Lila announces to her caretaker aunt and her ballet teacher, Madame Vera, that she wants to quit her strictly run ballet class. Read full book review >

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DUNCAN RUMPLEMEYER’S BAD BIRTHDAY by Alexander Stadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"The Message hangs heavy over this, but Duncan's distinctive voice, plus a light touch with the moral, makes it a persuasive exercise in the benefits of socialization. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Stadler's jagged, thick-lined art may resemble William Steig's, but his young narrator is pure Jules Feiffer: "Why share? Read full book review >

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THE BEST PART OF DADDY'S DAY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"A pleasant celebration of father-and-son love. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the beagle wants to grow up to be a builder, just like his dad. Read full book review >

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GHOULISH SONG by William Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Alexander's storytelling is compelling and clever, and this tale of courage is by turns humorous, poignant and convincing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young girl confronts her own death in the river city of Zombay with its ancient magic and new gearwork in a stand-alone companion to National Book Award-winning Goblin Secrets (2012). Read full book review >

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THE GAWGON AND THE BOY by Lloyd Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"I had some reluctance about being educated')—a quietly zany tribute to the power of stories. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A sweet tale of imagination and intergenerational friendship on the cusp of the Depression. Read full book review >