Search Results: "Byron Preiss"


BOOK REVIEW

BYRON by Fiona MacCarthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"Still, MacCarthy's exhaustive catalogue of Byron's every waking hour will be useful as source material for a future biographer seeking to craft a more interpretive—and shorter, and more interesting—study."
A densely detailed, lackluster life of the eminent poet, adventurer, and enfant terrible. Read full book review >

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THE BEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS IN THE WORLD by Byron Preiss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The Umbrella Thief from Sri Lanka and The Hidden House from England have been available in the US for years, but most of the new books will be new to readers. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection) (Anthology. 9-12)"
The Best Children's Books In The World ($29.95; Nov. 1996; 320 pp.; 0-8109-1246-5): The valid but adult-oriented introduction by Jeffrey Garrett should not ensconce this treasury of 15 children's books from around the world on the reference shelves. Read full book review >

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BYRON by Benita Eisler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1999

"Occasional local crimes of sensationalism, then, contribute to the singular virtue of this volume: it's the rare doorstop of a literary biography that's also a legitimate page-turner. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
This new life of the 19th-century's most notorious literary celebrity successfully revivifies the poet for our times—albeit not without applying a few shocks. Read full book review >

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BYRON by Robert M. Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2006

"An intelligent, sometimes annoying, but ultimately exciting exploration of intolerance, superstition and the laws of nature and humankind."
Change-its ineluctability, the hopes and the fears it engenders-is the leitmotif of Tucker's coming-of-age drama. Read full book review >

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BYRON by Phyllis Grosskurth
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1997

"But too often, unfortunately, Grosskurth's meticulous cataloguing of Byron's madness and badness deadens the reader to this mercurial sadist's attractiveness—that is, to what made him dangerous. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
This fairly routine psychobiography adequately chronicles the life, loves, and poems of Romantic literature's most famous rake. Read full book review >

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THE ULTIMATE WITCH by Byron Preiss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"John Skipp and Craig Spector, 1989, outclasses this zombie collection)—but, still, two strong bets for horror fans."
Generous collections of horror stories, nearly all original, that comprise the fourth and fifth volumes of the publisher's Ultimate series (previous volumes, not reviewed, covered Dracula, Frankenstein, and werewolves). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"If this collection spawns annual volumes, they'll need to be more representative and timely—or carry a different title."
This grab-bag, scattershot selection might appeal to fans of contemporary comics but won't win converts or satisfy the curious. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 12, 1988

"A serious disappointment, but it'll probably turn up in most Chandler fans' Christmas stockings anyway."
Preiss invited 23 authors to write a short story featuring private eye Philip Marlowe and, unfortunately, all of them agreed: despite their personal afterwards citing Chandler's humor, grace, style, their indebtness to him for their careers, etc., only three writers manage to honor Chandler; the rest merely pander or parody. Read full book review >

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BYRON EASY by Jude Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2014

"Cook has smarts and observational talent to spare, but this novel needs characters nuanced enough to justify its length."
A hip, hard-luck Londoner hops aboard a train and ponders how his life derailed. Read full book review >

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BYRON IN LOVE by Edna O’Brien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2009

"An apt rendering of the life of a charismatic man whose smile Coleridge compared to 'the opening of the gate of Heaven.'"
A concise, humorous analysis of Lord Byron as archetypal lover and "embodiment of Everyman." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Hallock's great accomplishment here is a documentation of literary homophobia. It will take another writer to give us a compelling biography of this once-famous poet."
In his new study of a 19th-century American poet, Hallock uncovers convincing evidence that homophobic critics forced him into selfcensorship, isolation, and, ultimately, silence. Read full book review >