Search Results: "Caleb Scharf"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe."
A beautifully illustrated survey of the universe and its constituent parts, from quarks to galaxies and beyond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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SOMEBODY STOP IVY POCKET by Caleb Krisp
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2016

"Please, nobody stop Ivy Pocket. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Everyone's favorite maid of mass destruction is back, so baddies beware! 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LAST SEEN LEAVING by Caleb Roehrig
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Readers won't be able to put it down. (Thriller. 14-18)"
Can Flynn find his missing ex-girlfriend? Or is she worse than missing? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Confidence in the future lends appeal to this deeply personal memoir."
Daniloff debuts with his account of using running in his recovery from alcoholism. Read full book review >

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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 >