Search Results: "Alexander Besher"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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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THE WINTER PLACE by Alexander Yates
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A thoroughly original tale with plenty of appeal for older middle-graders through teens. (Fantasy. 11-16)"
Reeling from their widowed father's sudden death, Tess and Axel are whisked from rural Baldwin, New York, to Helsinki by Jaana, the stern Finnish grandmother they've just met, to live in their grandparents' tiny condo—a prospect dismaying to all, including the children's long-dead mother, who has her own agenda. Read full book review >

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THE AFTERMATH by Jen Alexander
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Alexander closes with a cliffhanger ending that leaves readers wanting more; here's hoping the world she's built sustains multiple volumes. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
In a world where reports of violence have become all too commonplace, life is no longer about building a future; it's about surviving the day. Read full book review >