Search Results: "Charles Drazin"


BOOK REVIEW

FRENCH CINEMA by Charles Drazin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"A cogent, approachable and comprehensive look at the endlessly fascinating world of French film."
Drazin (Film Studies/Queen Mary Univ., London; The Man Who Outshone the Sun King: A Life of Gleaming Opulence and Wretched Reversal in the Reign of Louis XIV, 2008, etc.) presents a lucid, engaging history of French film, from the fanciful, whimsical inventions of pioneer Georges Méliès to the formalist daring and intellectual rigor of contemporary artists like Olivier Assayas and Catherine Breillat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 5, 2005

"But Fowles is preeminently, of course, one of the most accomplished English novelists of the last half-century, and this glimpse into his education and work is a pleasure."
The master British novelist records, in shapely prose, the struggles involved in attaining his craft, as well as the usual coming-of-age worries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Despite the preening tone, a useful business history and a panoramic view of the foolhardy excesses of the late 1990s."
Riches-to-rags tale of an innovative European Internet concern. Read full book review >

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CHARLES TAYLOR

Reliant as they were on call girls, cars, corpses, and Kris Kristofferson, the B-movies of the 1970s may not qualify as high art, according to cultural critic Charles Taylor, but at least they took American audiences seriously.

“For me, the staying power of these movies has to do with the way they stand in opposition to the current juvenile state ...


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YOUR BEST BETS FOR FASCINATING SF/F/H READS IN JULY
by John DeNardo

Summer reading season is in full swing, and if you'd like to join the beach party, there's plenty of entertainment to be found in the pages of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books. July's cream of the crop includes stories about a robot hitman, a dark and previously unseen perspective on Peter Pan, a woman with supernatural ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ASTONISHING ANIMAL ABC by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"Cute enough, but not likely to inspire repeated readings. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alliteration and rhyme abound in Fuge's latest, an abecedarian salute to anthropomorphized animals. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ANT by Charles Micucci
ANIMALS
Released: March 24, 2003

"Closing with a three-sentence version of Aesop's famous fable, plus two other literary references to ants, this close-up, but wide-angled follow-up to Arthur Dorros's Ant Cities (1987) makes a readable, engaging alternative to the many photographic treatments of the subject. (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
With a characteristic mix of briefly stated facts and lucid, not-always-completely-serious pictures, the author of The Life and Times of the Honeybee (1995) profiles an equally ancient, even more successful, social insect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CORN by Charles Micucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Columbus sought gold when he came to the New World; little did he know how much those yellow kernels were really worth. (sources, acknowledgements) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Micucci, who has closely examined the apple, the peanut, the honeybee and most recently the ant (The Life and Times of the Ant, 2003, etc.), now turns to the largest crop in America—corn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I KNOW A RHINO by Charles Fuge
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A young girl transforms her day in imaginative rhyming play with her many animal friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Though not as clever a twist as Eugene Trivizas's classic Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this also presents an alternative to traditional adversarial encounters between predator and prey. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this original, and decidedly un-Aesopian, fable, wolf and pigs fall in together with unwontedly happy results. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE APPLE by Charles Micucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Though appropriate for the audience suggested by the picture-book format, the information is substantial enough to be also useful for older children. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
New books on apples are published regularly, but this one is outstanding. Read full book review >

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THREE LITTLE DINOSAURS by Charles Fuge
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"A cozy, briefly told wish-fulfillment tale, lit up by pictures whose clear colors and solid-looking figures are easy on the eyes. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Plot plays a minor role at best in this brightly illustrated tale of three cute, stubby-limbed dinos getting a taste of flight. Read full book review >