Search Results: "Alfred Ollivant"


BOOK REVIEW

ALFRED OLLIVANT'S <i>BOB, SON OF BATTLE</i> by Alfred Ollivant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2014

"Welcome back, Owd (Old) Bob! (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Over 100 years after his birth in print, Bob, Son of Battle is seeking a new audience. He deserves one. Read full book review >

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FINDING BUCK McHENRY by Alfred Slote
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1991

"A solid, accessible, rewarding story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Contriving, remarkably, to fashion a second thoughtful yet entertaining sports story around baseball cards (cf. Read full book review >

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THE MELANCHOLY OF DEPARTURE by Alfred DePew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"A voice somewhat too slick for its own brave sympathies."
Winner of this year's Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, DePew has impressive skills at hair-down narration and offhand wisdoms. Read full book review >

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GLORY by Alfred Coppel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"A bland and ponderous opener."
Thriller-writer Coppel's only previous sf appearance was Dark December (1960); this one kicks off a far-future story-cycle about ancient, starships that, impelled to relativistic velocities by faster-than-light tachyon particles striking their solar sails, spend hundreds of years wafting cargo between far-flung colonies. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE MUSEUM OF MAN by Alfred Alcorn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"Despite the body count, de Ratour's narrative isn't much more (or less) deadly than the average interdepartmental memo."

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GOLD OF BRE-X by Alfred Lenarciak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A slow-moving, sometimes-clumsy thriller that gathers momentum to deliver a rewarding conspiracy theory."
A legendary "suicide" after the Bre-X gold mine scandal gets a remarkable twist in this suspense tale. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"In the end, in an irony she would have appreciated, another biographer has mapped Dickinson's outer world without leaving adequate markers for her interior landscape."
A biography of the elusive Belle of Amherst (1830-86) that celebrates her imaginative witchery and triumph over adversity without penetrating her enigma. Read full book review >

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PART OF HIS STORY by Alfred Corn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1997

"Impressive in parts, but finally unpersuasive."
An elegy to love lost and found in which poet Corn (Incarnation: Contemporary Writers on the New Testament, 1990) tests the waters of fiction for the first time. Read full book review >

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THE EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK by Alfred Coppel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"It's enough to make you nostalgic for the Cold War."
An underwhelming tale of nukes, coups, and spies by thriller veteran Coppel (Wars and Winters, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Kokh's account of the process is largely technical, but it's a valuable account of the work of a small group of courageous technocrats who may have saved a country."
None of the reforms undertaken by the early Yeltsin government may have been more significant than the decision to give the whole Russian population shares in as many formerly state-owned enterprises as possible, and Kokh, as deputy premier in charge of the process until 1997, was closer to that privatization than anyone. Read full book review >

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VIRTUAL UNREALITIES by Alfred Bester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1997

"But when reality finally caught up, he fizzled out."
A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been omitted from the subtitle. Read full book review >