Search Results: "Charles Palliser"


BOOK REVIEW

RUSTICATION by Charles Palliser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Appropriately moody, lurid stuff but with plenty of plot cogwheels exposed."
A reprobate college student stands accused of a host of moral failings in an intensely gothic tale from Palliser (The Unburied, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SENSATIONIST by Charles Palliser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1991

"For short takes on sexual obsession, stick with Josephine Hart's Damage (p. 67) or Paul Theroux's Chicago Loop (p. 139)."
For this tale of sexual obsession, the author of last year's behemoth historical melodrama The Quincunx has slimmed down to 160 sparsely printed pages by the simple expedient of leaving out everything that might make his story worth telling. Read full book review >

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THE UNBURIED by Charles Palliser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A complex puzzler, though the real story here, which is finely done even in its anachronistic 19th-century style, is the simple one of a decent man forced at last to open his eyes and take a good look around."
Palliser's penchant for riddles wrapped in enigmas (Betrayals, 1995, etc.) continues with a busy tale, set in a cathedral in the south of England, about an old recluse murdered for his money, and an old friendship that has seen better days. Read full book review >

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BETRAYALS by Charles Palliser
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Palliser has produced a lark, a romp, an overripe encyclopedia of nonsense bound to appeal to the sort of literary gameplayers who'll find their own likenesses prominently displayed herein."
Palliser (The Sensationist, 1991, etc.) has found a new voice- -or rather a dozen of them—in this razzle-dazzle Chinese box of reflexivity. 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

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 >

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LIFE AND TIMES OF THE PEANUT by Charles Micucci
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"The straightforward, stimulating style rises above the superficial, jam-packed, jazzy presentations of many information books for children, making this a captivating compendium, as wholesome and substantial as a peanut butter sandwich. (further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-11)"
In a book that follows in the clearly defined footsteps of its predecessors, The Life and Times of the Apple (1992) and The Life and Times of the Honeybee (1995), Micucci takes a bemused, informative look at the subject of goobers, pinders, earth nuts, ground peas—peanuts. Read full book review >

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SUGAR SKULL by Charles Burns
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A fittingly audacious finale to an artistically ambitious trilogy, one that pays homage to the comic books of old yet takes the art to another, weirder level."
The third volume in a trilogy concludes a renowned graphic artist's hallucinatory descent into comic-book hell—and it doesn't end prettily. Read full book review >

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THE SLITHER SISTERS by Charles Gilman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Worth a look for fans of Spiderwick and the ever-living Goosebumps. (Humorous horror. 9-12)"
Ancient squirming evil from dark dimensions beyond threatens to take over the world—starting with the student-council presidency. Read full book review >