Search Results: "C.K. Stead"


BOOK REVIEW

MANSFIELD by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Relies too much on its characters' famous names to hold the reader's attention."
Stead (Talking About O'Dwyer, 2000, etc.) takes a fellow New Zealander, short-story master Katherine Mansfield, as the protagonist of his listless tenth novel. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF THE BODY by C.K. Stead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An amusing, clever, and agreeably literate portrait of a hapless Lucky Jim sort."
A witty romp through New Zealand academe—with metafiction and mystery joining hands in the picaresque adventures of Professor Harry Butler, obsessed with the Mind/Body problem in more ways than one. Read full book review >

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TALKING ABOUT O’DWYER by C.K. Stead
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A quiet—perhaps too quiet—agreeably literate novel that vividly evokes time and place."
A long conversation about a recently deceased colleague and fellow New Zealander becomes a beautifully rendered but curiously unmoving tale of tragic missteps and regrets. Read full book review >

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CHRISTINA STEAD by Hazel Rowley
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A welcome study of an underrated author. (16 pages of photos, not seen)"
An absorbing biography that will help Stead's fans place her fiction in the context of her life and may well attract new readers to her work. Read full book review >

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Shhhh! by C.K. Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"A frank, sometimes-disturbing debut novel that highlights the darkness that can lurk within picture-perfect families."
A childhood defined by physical and sexual abuse leads to a tumultuous adolescence in Flook's self-described "true-life novel." Read full book review >

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MISGIVINGS by C.K. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Sad, almost grim, rewarding."
Award-winning poet Williams (Repair, 1999) looks back on his parents' unhappy marriage, a mix of personalities that was guaranteed from the start to produce some sparks—and did. Read full book review >

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The Icarus Void by C.K. Burch
Released: Dec. 11, 2011

"Despite an overcrowded cast, the competent dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this decent contribution to the genre."
Burch's debut sci-fi novel offers creepy atmosphere in a deep-space. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE STRANGER by Rebecca Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Superb. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Three interwoven narrative strands explore the complicated possibilities of friendship in early adolescence. Read full book review >

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FIRST LIGHT by Rebecca Stead
ADVENTURE
Released: June 26, 2007

"Thoroughly enjoyable arctic adventure. (Fiction. 9-12)"
With the impending threat of global warning as an ominous backdrop, teens from very different worlds find they have much in common. Read full book review >

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GHOST DETECTIVE by Janet C.K.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 30, 2015

"A delightful mystery even if it seems more like a series introduction than its own distinct story."
In C.K.'s debut thriller, aliens save a detective who then continues to work cases—despite the fact that he turns into a ghost every night. Read full book review >

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REPAIR by C.K. Williams
Released: June 1, 1999

"It's hard to find a whole lot to enjoy in a poet who moans: 'The agonizing plasma consciousness can be.'"
The much-celebrated Princeton professor (whose honors include an NBCC award) provides in this, his eight book of verse, a wishful definition of his art: a poet is 'someone who lives in words, making a world from their music." Read full book review >