Search Results: "Amy Butler Greenfield"


BOOK REVIEW

CHANTRESS FURY by Amy Butler Greenfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 5, 2015

"There's nothing new under the sun, but singing heroines, magic, and mermaids make for a formula that still appeals. (historical note) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
A final volume, accompanied by a romantic repackage for the whole series, closes out the modestly enjoyable Chantress trilogy. Read full book review >

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CHANTRESS ALCHEMY by Amy Butler Greenfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 6, 2014

"Nothing new here, but alchemy, feminism and two separate wicked plotters make this enjoyable enough to keep the pages turning. (historical note) (Fantasy. 12-16)"
The second volume of this alternate-history fantasy trilogy provides more of the same, with some improvements. Read full book review >

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CHANTRESS by Amy Butler Greenfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 7, 2013

"Formulaic doesn't mean faulty, though, and girl-centric historical fantasy's ever-growing niche can certainly hold another volume. (author's note) (Historicalfantasy. 12-16)"
In an alternate England, a young girl raised in isolation may hold the power to save the nation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2005

"A smart blend of science and culture, pleasing to readers of Mark Kurlansky, Philip Ball and other interpreters of how the things of daily life, past and present, came to be. Dyers will enjoy it, too."
A user-friendly treatise on the color red and one of its most pleasing forms of transmission, a once-coveted dye. Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA BOUND by Amy Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2003

"Butler's lively prose and brisk pace make for an excellent first effort sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction and to anyone who enjoys a well-told tale. (author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Newcomer Butler's title is a play on words: Rob Brackett and Nell Cranston are bound for Virginia, where they will be bound in servitude to the highest bidder for four to seven years. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"From H.G. Wells to Alvin Toffler to Francis Fukuyama, writers who predict the future based on a snapshot of the present have a mediocre success rate. Readers will appreciate Greenfield's description of brain development and function but should allow a few decades to pass before agreeing that dramatic changes in computer technology will mark the end of life as we know it."
A neuroscientist skillfully explains how our unique identity and consciousness develop from the "biochemical banality" of our physical brain, and then strains to reveal how today's dazzlingly intrusive technology may change it. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Well researched and thought through—an interesting, plausible exercise in pop history that doesn't take itself too seriously."
What would have happened if Lee Harvey Oswald had been off by a hair on Nov. 22, 1963? Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN CHILDREN by Howard Greenfield
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Milton Meltzer described the Holocaust's heroic gentiles in Rescue (1988); now, the author of Books (1976, 1989) and several artists' biographies presents the experiences of some of those saved—children, hidden in Europe, who later emigrated to the US. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2011

"Politics wonks will find much to chew on here, and sci-fi writers might find a few what-if moments to play with as well."
For want of iron will on the part of an assassin, John F. Kennedy lived a few years longer than he might have. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Challenging, stimulating perspective from an informed neuroscientist on a complex, fast-moving, hugely consequential field."
A comprehensive overview of the scientific research—albeit in its infancy—into the effects of cybertechnology on our brains. Read full book review >