Search Results: "Brett Patton"


BOOK REVIEW

MECHA ROGUE by Brett Patton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Slam-bang action with never a dull moment: imagine a 21st century Lensman series, if anybody still remembers E.E. 'Doc' Smith, without the latter's lofty black-and-white moral tone and awful prose."
In style and violence, a hybrid of the movies Transformers and Independence Day: the sequel to Mecha Corps (2011). Read full book review >

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THE LIZARD WAR by Jack Patton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Furnished with a light wash of natural science, a buggy, action-oriented adventure that goes light on the gore and gross bits. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Budding entomologist Max Darwin makes a wish—and finds himself on Bug Island, where the local insects are threatened by an invasion of hungry reptiles and amphibians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAT THAT FAT CAT! by Julia Patton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Read that fat cat! (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cornelius Van Ploof is not a cat person—or is he? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VERY VERY VERY LONG DOG by Julia Patton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A mildly amusing outing for an odd though engaging canine character. (Picture book. 4-7)"
An extremely long "sausage dog" causes problems with his far-distant rear end until his friends provide a creative solution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Well flavored with wonderful passages on the foods, the people, the travel from village to city, and the joys and frustrations of daily life in a foreign land. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sunny, refreshing season of pro basketball in the Lega Pallenestro Italiano. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"With its painfully stilted academic prose and suffocating atmosphere of political correctness, Fatal Advice isn't likely to convince those who have seen greater complexity in the matter of AIDS education. (10 illustrations, not seen)"
An idiosyncratic and somewhat incoherent investigation into sex education in the age of AIDS. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHAKE by Jim Patton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2000

"Patton's plot, fueled by slick moves and a knowing air of debauchery, drives forward relentlessly, though it's hard to care about the fate of a crew whose vile behavior has earned every felony that befalls them."
This first novel from sports columnist Patton (Rookie: When Michael Jordan Came to the Minor Leagues, not reviewed) charts the thoroughly unpleasant misadventures of a videotape showing a basketball star enjoying himself with an underage teen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHISTLIN’ DIXIE IN A NOR’EASTER by Lisa Patton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"Dixie chicks and damn Yankees alike will enjoy seeing the world through Leelee's eyes."
Patton debuts with a peachy-keen summer read about a Southern woman's misadventures as a Vermont innkeeper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A fascinating meditation on delusion and desire, this is an American tale."
Thomas Pynchon meets Hunter S. Thompson (stylistically) in a novelistic account of the US government's secret air base known as "Area 51." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOUTHERN AS A SECOND LANGUAGE by Lisa Patton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Fans of the Leelee novels (and of Kissie) will be happy to find their heroine's life happily resolved, though the occasional slog through insignificant details may test their patience."
Patton's third novel featuring Southern belle Leelee Satterfield (Yankee Doodle Dixie, 2011, etc.) is rich on atmosphere and charm if short on plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Fine folklore, nicely balanced between information and fun."
The origins of American cultural artifacts and how they became what they are today, told with zest by Patton (Open Road: A Celebration of the American Highway, 1986). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD ABOUT BEARS by Jeannie Brett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"With its clear text and illustrations, this introduction is just the ticket for younger elementary readers. (map, glossary, bibliography, websites) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Both text and artwork support this book's title: full of facts, but only those emphasizing endearing bear habits; full of gentle watercolors that show peaceful bear-family scenes. Read full book review >