Search Results: "Caleb Carr"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ALIENIST by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Unremarkable as a genre thriller, then, but highly satisfactory as fictionalized social history. (Film rights to Paramount; Literary Guild Alternate Selection)"
Novelist/historian Carr (The Devil's Soldier, 1991, etc.) combines his two preferred modes with a meaty, if overslung, serial- killer quest set in 1896 New York. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2002

"A narrow but useful look at terror."
Novelist (Killing Time, 2000, etc.) and military historian (The Devil Soldier, 1991, etc.) Carr evaluates terror as a tactic, with an eye toward the US response to Osama bin Laden. Read full book review >

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THE ANGEL OF DARKNESS by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"As for the nefarious Libby—presented, with perfect appropriateness, only as others see and hear her—she rivals Lydia Gwilt of Wilkie Collins's Armadale as the pluperfect villainess, and the centerpiece of an enormously entertaining and satisfying reading experience. (Author tour)"
An absorbing if overlong sequel to Carr's popular 1994 thriller, The Alienist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 1991

"Solid under the circumstances, but disappointing given Ward's persona and his incredible feats: less the measure of the man than a colorless reassembling of his deeds. (Photographs—not seen.)"
From novelist-turned-historian Carr (Casing the Promised Land, 1979), a thorough but plodding biography of American soldier-of- fortune Frederick Townsend Ward. Read full book review >

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THE ITALIAN SECRETARY by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2005

"We needed this, from Sherlock Holmes? No thanks."
Will Holmes and Watson foil a regicide plot that seems the work of German spies colluding with Scots Nationalists? Is the queen Victoria? Read full book review >

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SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait."
Carr (The Legend of Broken, 2012, etc.) returns with a curious whodunit that weds leisurely 19th-century storytelling with 21st-century unpleasantness. Read full book review >

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KILLING TIME by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2000

"Fun, but awfully sketchy. Carr seems more at home in the past than in the future."
And now for something (almost) completely different from the author of the popular literary thrillers The Alienist (1994) and The Angel of Darkness (1997). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Most readers will agree with Scharf's complex but astute arguments that '[w]hile we cannot be at the center of what we now know to be a centerless universe, we nonetheless occupy a very interesting place in it—in time, space, and scale.'"
The universe is massive, and humans occupy an infinitesimal part. Do we matter? In this ingenious mixture of cosmology, evolutionary biology and philosophy, Columbia Astrobiology Center director Scharf (Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos, 2012) gives a thumbs up. Read full book review >

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ZADAYI RED by Caleb Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Fox draws effectively on Native American mysticism to create a fine fable."
Fantasy debut retells a Cherokee legend. Read full book review >

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An Authentic Derivative by Caleb Coy
Released: July 15, 2015

"A well-defined social milieu and articulate characters make Coy's is it/isn't it novel an interesting, if uncertain, experience."
Spot-on satire or earnest picture of youth in transition? That's up to readers to decide with Coy's debut novel about being young and part of the Nashville scene. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Written for educated laymen, this should not be treated as an introduction to cosmology (for that try Brian Clegg's Gravity or Chris Impey's The Living Cosmos), but Scharf provides a rich, satisfying and usually comprehensible account of an extraordinary phenomenon."
An intelligent explanation of a weird but essential feature of the universe. Read full book review >