Search Results: "Aubrey Botsford"


BOOK REVIEW

DOUBLE BLANK by Yasmina Khadra
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2005

"Slight as a police procedural, but a fascinating tour of a corrupt and crumbling society."
Droll, jaded Superintendent Llob investigates the murder of a fond acquaintance from his youth. Read full book review >

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THE BALLAD OF THE LOW LIFES by Enrico Remmert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2004

"Funny, fast-paced, and surprisingly good-natured: a nice romp through the thickets of good and evil. (N.B. Books to Film: The Italian film company RAI Cinema is currently in production with an adaptation of The Ballad of Low Lifes.)"
A caper about a trio of petty grifters in Turin who try to pull off the Big C (Con): second novel but first English translation. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN OF THE PHANTOMS by Yasmina Khadra
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2006

"Though it lacks mystery, Khadra's involving and poignant narrative caps the Llob trilogy in ways veterans of the first two installments can best appreciate."
Wartime woes and ubiquitous losses haunt newly unemployed Algerian police Inspector Llob. Read full book review >

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THE MOTHERS by Keith Botsford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Relentlessly focused on an impossibly opaque character, Botsford's tale becomes too dense and impenetrable to hold interest for the whole of its length."
A convoluted account of the women in a womanizer's life, recounted by Botsford (Out of Nowhere, not reviewed) in a rambling narrative that goes nowhere ever so slowly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EAGLES by Aubrey Lang
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Released: Dec. 1, 1990

In the "Sierra Club Wildlife Library," a book with elegant full-color photos but a text that is merely adequate, Sattler's excellent The Book of Eagles (1989), a book of similar difficulty and length, has set a standard difficult to match. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 22, 1993

"Informative and solid—if not especially gripping—and a valuable reminder that despite the extent of world environmental crises, motivated women and men can still make changes for the better. (Photographs.)"
Profiles in courage from the environmental front, as Wallace (ed., The New Environmental Handbook—not reviewed) presents a remarkable group of individuals whose efforts on behalf of the planet have earned each of them a $60,000 Goldman Prize for environmental activism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRYSTAL BONES by C. Aubrey Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"It's not subtle, but it will carry along some readers on the prose's pure eagerness. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This enthusiastic but clichéd series opener strings trope after trope on a thread of purple prose. Read full book review >

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BABY KOALA by Aubrey Lang
by Aubrey Lang, photographed by Wayne Lynch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Still, capped by a page each of closing facts, there's enough specific information here—koalas are so logy because eucalyptus leaves provide a low-energy diet—to satisfy the most demanding young naturalists. (index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
New entries in the "Nature Babies" series, these combine, as previously, simply worded texts with plenty of small color photos taken in the wild, and follow newly born animals through their first years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAGELS FROM BENNY by Aubrey Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Even younger readers will have no trouble appreciating either the wisdom that Grandpa offers, or the close relationship between him and his devout grandson. (Picture book/folktale. 6-10)"
A heartfelt gesture of gratitude takes a surprising but altogether proper twist in this retold folktale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWORN VIRGIN by Elvira Dones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Cleanly written and informed but worthy of a broader psychological canvas."
A woman lives as a man to escape oppression in her native Albania, but switching back after coming to the United States proves tricky. Read full book review >