Search Results: "Charles Vess"


BOOK REVIEW

BLUEBERRY GIRL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"There is nothing cute or cloying here, just beauty, balance and joy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rich and beautiful prayer for a girl. Read full book review >

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A CIRCLE OF CATS by Charles de Lint
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"But as a conscious 'prequel' to the pair's earlier (and out-of-print) Seven Wild Sisters, the story has an unfinished and ultimately unsatisfying quality. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A small tale of magic and mystery is hampered by its dependence on its sequel. Read full book review >

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SEVEN WILD SISTERS by Charles de Lint
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"There is a promise of more stories at the ever-so-satisfying end, which comes with the tiniest hint of romance past and future—readers will be enchanted. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Beautiful bookmaking, lovely storytelling and wondrous illustrations make for a splendid sequel-of-sorts to The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (2013). Read full book review >

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INSTRUCTIONS by Neil Gaiman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Roses, trees, land and sea have shimmering life of their own and wind around the words as if made for them, which of course they were. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
A magical, incantatory poem—or perhaps a homily—first published in the Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling collection A Wolf at the Door in 2000 is made new with Vess's art. Read full book review >

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TUMBLEWEED BABY by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An adoption story, a feral child story, a foundling story, a child-of-difference story—perhaps any and all of these; certainly wise and full of delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A family gets a new addition in a tall-tale sort of way. Read full book review >

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THE CATS OF TANGLEWOOD FOREST by Charles de Lint
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"A satisfyingly folkloric, old-fashioned-feeling fable. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Rather than let Lillian Kindred die of a snakebite, the titular cats turn her into a kitten, and thereby hangs this sweetly magical tale. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2001

"This is not a piece that exactly pulls the reader along, but it is clear and informative and makes a creative life in science seem worthy and satisfying. (Biography. 10+)"
In the introduction to Patent's cogent, thoughtful biography of Charles Darwin, she explains his importance as an icon of science, for without his discovery of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection, "biology makes no sense." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The language here is spare, even simple, but the images are complex, challenging in the way surrealist art defies ordinary perceptions, juxtaposing the whimsical and the frightening."
If it's permitted to speak of such a thing as a national character under our current tyranny of globalism, then there's a definite Eastern European, even Slavic, flavor to the entries in this collection. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Despite its often fannish tone, a biography that listens to Bukowski's all-night barroom anecdotes and then checks the facts the morning after. (b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
A soberly investigated picaresque life of the barfly author of Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Read full book review >

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CHARLES IVES by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"A conscientious, intellectually honest sifting of the plentiful evidence, though undoubtedly not the last word on its subject."
A decent, thoughtful, and idealistic biography of American music's radical idealist. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >