Search Results: "Amy Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPARKLING-EYED BOY by Amy Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2004

"Ambitious, but the self-absorption wears thin."
Painfully self-conscious, often pretentious meditations on first love. Read full book review >

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HOLLY'S DAY AT THE POOL by Benson Shum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Useful to share with children who are afraid of the water. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pink, suburban hippo is afraid to swim. Read full book review >

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AMONG THE GHOSTS by Amber Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"Skip this one and the next one too. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Ghostly children, a long-dead inventor, a voracious monster (sort of), a motherless-but-plucky girl, a mysterious private school, clever chapter headings and arch authorial asides are all jumbled together to create something that winds up being less than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE SHOT by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nifty bullfighting scenes do not redeem an otherwise cliché-cluttered narrative. For die-hard fans only."
The creakiest exercise yet in American Bond fan Benson's postmodern resurrection of Ian Fleming's peerless killer spy, has an embarrassingly witless 007 going rogue to fight a dastardly multinational crime cartel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE THE FUNNY? by Robby Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Tinseltown characters with no glitter."
The title asks a loaded question, for with the exception of a few sparse moments, someone definitely "stole the funny" from this featherweight roman-à-clef. Read full book review >

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BEYOND by Michael Benson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

This bargain edition of Beyond: Visions of the Interplanetary Probes (2003) may lack the double gatefolds, more than half of the pictures and the Arthur C. Clarke introduction, but it does still offer a mesmerizing grand tour of solar-system high spots. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A must for libraries and classrooms. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
For a time period not lacking in resources, Bobrick manages to create one of the best for young readers, a volume that is attractive, informative, and accessible to history buffs and browsers alike. Read full book review >

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RIPTIDE by Peter Benson
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Not a perfect wave, but surfers might be charmed."
A first US appearance for a Guardian Fiction Award winner who turns surfingon British waves, no lessinto a sustained but strained metaphor of love and loss as a young man becomes reconciled with his mother after a lengthy separation. Read full book review >

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MY TROUBLES WITH TIME by Benson Grayson
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A light character study of a professor altered by his own invention."
Grayson (Lust Takes the White House, 2011) chronicles the efforts of a hapless, mid-30s physics professor to gain self-respect using a time machine. Read full book review >

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NEVER DREAM OF DYING by Raymond Benson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Flaccid prose and creaky dialogue no worse than Fleming's. Benson seems to have hit his stride in this, his liveliest and nastiest Bond book yet."
After wobbly attempts to meld the quipping movie Bonds with the brooding British knight of the John Gardner stories, Benson brings the ageless superspy back to his Eurotrash roots—the French Riviera and the casino at Monte Carlo. Read full book review >