Search Results: "Calder Walton"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2013

"A good first step at clarifying decades of official lies and failures."
A fresh exploration of MI5's role in the prickly process of extricating Britain from its colonial grip. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"If the National Enquirer is where reporters go to die, it must be America's most exciting retirement community."
The notorious tabloid's former editor explains in this zippy memoir how it changed the face of journalism. Read full book review >

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DEAD THINGS by Richard Calder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Obsessive, murky, horrid; the only thing missing is the government health warning."
Third in Calder's sometimes fascinating but, latterly, disgusting trilogy about the robot-vampire plague of Meta; strange to say, the publishers quote Kirkus's remark ``a thoroughly unpleasant piece of business'' (on Dead Boys, p. 30) with approval. Read full book review >

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IN A FAMILY WAY by James Calder
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2005

"Calder's ambitious third gets slack and repetitive in places but marks a big step forward in depth, laying a nice foundation for future installments."
A Frisco filmmaker again turns detective, this time to solve the murder of his young niece. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A scholar's accessible and measured appraisal of a prospectively hot spot that sooner or later could bring itself to the American public's attention in a host of unwelcome ways. (charts; maps, not seen)"
An impressive overview of the varied challenges East Asia poses to an Atlantic-oriented America's strategic interests in the aftermath of the Cold War. Read full book review >

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KNOCKOUT MOUSE by James Calder
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"Eleventh-hour revelations make a final solution logical—if not organic or satisfying for the armchair sleuth."
Bill Damen has left behind the "miasma" of Silicon Valley biotechnology to pursue a more fulfilling career as a documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >

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ABOUT FACE by James Calder
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2003

"Calder draws sharp, entertaining suspect portraits, and Bill's amiable first-person narration never slackens its pace."
A filmmaker turns sleuth again, rushing recklessly into the cutthroat, and loopy, skincare industry. Read full book review >

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DEAD GIRLS by Richard Calder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Wild, daring, confused, brash, pyrotechnic, but with some fascinating ideas bubbling up: an intriguing and encouraging debut."
Soon after the creation of lifelike robot women is perfected by Cartier, a mysterious virus absorbs their characteristics and infects human womenturning them into ``dead girls'' with doll-like roboticized bodies, but having the needs and habits of vampires. Read full book review >

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CYTHERA by Richard Calder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1998

"More from the high mucky-muck of psychosexual cyber-solipsism."
Another near-future computer/robot/sex-grunge yarn from Calder, but not nearly as unpleasant as the author's Dead Things (1997), etc. Here, Dr. Max Moroder, an "iatrogenic psychiatrist," queer, and ex-inmate of Boys Town prison, wanders Antarctica (now a city complex) accompanied by Dahlia Chan, a sort of female virtual-reality Bruce Lee from the "fibrespace" of Earth2, who can incorporate on Earthl via her coffin-like Translator (but only at night). Read full book review >

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DEAD BOYS by Richard Calder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1996

"A thoroughly unpleasant piece of business—exhibitionistic, disgusting, misogynistic, and pointless: Standard splatterpunk (K.W. Jeter, for instance, or S.P. Somtow) looks quite jolly by comparison."
Sequel to last year's Dead Girls, Calder's cyberpunksplatterpunkish near-future novel about robot vampire females, or Lilim. Read full book review >

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THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >

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THE GENIUS PLAGUE by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Tonally the love child of Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Aldiss' SF classic Hothouse, this is a page-turner of the highest order."
When mycologist Paul Johns returns home to Maryland from the Amazon rain forest in Walton's (Supersymmetry, 2015, etc.) latest, he is a changed man. Read full book review >