Search Results: "Charles Seife"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 2014

"Readers of this disturbing but entirely convincing account need to remind themselves that the Internet is pretty useful, but they will not deny that it teems with garbage."
An ingenious overview of a wildly unreliable Internet. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"Sprightly written, despite its sobering message."
A short course in how politicians, lawyers, advertisers and others use numbers to deceive. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 2003

"A good summary for the lay reader."
Up-to-date and enthusiastic tour of the new cosmology. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A relentlessly entertaining tale of scientists pursuing a dazzling dream that, in the author's educated opinion, may never come true."
Science reporter Seife (Journalism/NYU; Decoding the Universe, 2007, etc.) clearly explains the power behind both the sun and the hydrogen bomb, hyped as a possible source of cheap energy despite 60 years of research that has produced little except headlines. 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 >

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FALL FROM GRACE by Charles Benoit
Released: May 8, 2012

"A slow-build, film-noir high-school drama. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Lies, lust and betrayal just don't add up fast enough. Read full book review >

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PROFESSOR GARGOYLE by Charles Gilman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"Delectable hints of age-appropriate, Lovecraftian Otherness…with none of the purple prose. (Humorous horror. 9-12)"
Can unnameable forces of ancient evil be recycled? Read full book review >