Search Results: "C.K. Stead"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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JONATHAN AND THE BIG BLUE BOAT by Philip C. Stead
ADVENTURE
Released: June 7, 2011

"Stead encourages children to puzzle over minutia, readying them to think about more opaque topics: growing up, obsolescence and the intrigue of old, forgotten things. (Picture book. 2-6)"
After Jonathan's parents trade his teddy bear Frederick for a more useful and age-appropriate toaster, he sets sail on a rusty Big Blue Boat to find his lost toy. Read full book review >

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IDEAS ARE ALL AROUND by Philip C. Stead
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 2016

"In all, Stead has given readers a deeply felt, deeply connected story that is homage to creation—and really quite brilliant. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
A ramble through the neighborhood gets the creative juices going in this picture book. 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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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 >

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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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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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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 >