Search Results: "Clive Gifford"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT GLOBAL PUZZLE CHALLENGE WITH GOOGLE EARTH by Clive Gifford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Use in conjunction with a conventional atlas, which requires—better yet, allows for—more imagination. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
This modestly oversized volume is a Google Earth launch vehicle for young grade-schoolers. Read full book review >

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10 EXPLORERS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Clive Gifford
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The simultaneously published Ten Leaders Who Changed The World (ISBN: 978-0-7534-6104-4) is no better, though at least the cast of modern heroes (Gandhi, Mandela) and tyrants (Hitler, Mao Zedong) is more multicultural in scope. (Collective biography. 10-12)"
A grandiose title and melodramatic, superhero-style art fail to lift Gifford's profiles of familiar explorers above the routine. Read full book review >

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LEDYARD by Bill Gifford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2007

"An enthusiastic account: Gifford clearly relishes the chance to retrace his idol's steps."
The travails of an elusive 18th-century traveler, brought to life by a biographer who goes to great lengths to get under his subject's skin. Read full book review >

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BABY CAT-FACE by Barry Gifford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Fine for fans of Gifford's caricatures and violent absurdity, but for most a predictable cocktail about life's losers, swirled gaudily together like layers of sweet liqueurs: It goes down easy but feels kind of awful afterward. (Author tour)"
A New Orleans lowlife novel by bohemian wannabe Gifford (Arise and Walk, 1994, etc.) that offers up a violent caricature of tabloid life and fundamentalist religionsall while striking a trendy pose of French decadence. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2007

"Strictly for the fan club."
A loosely fitting collection of shaggy-dog stories, anecdotes and book reports by novelist and screenwriter Gifford (The Stars Above Veracruz, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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WYOMING by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Short as it is, this one seems too long by far."
Continuing to cultivate the static side of his sensibilities, the prolific Gifford (The Sinaloa Story, 1998, etc.) here presents a road story featuring a mother and son who drive around the US for a few years, talking about life. Read full book review >

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SAINTS REST by Thomas Gifford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An enthralling tale of a convulsive power struggle that's notable for liberal doses of violent action and a minimum of ideological prattle."
A paranoid political fantasy elevated to the level of absorbing melodrama by the irresistible narrative talents of old pro Gifford (The First Sacrifice, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SINALOA STORY by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"A puzzling, rather inert, work."
One neo-noir thriller too many from Gifford (Baby Cat-Face, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE FIRST SACRIFICE by Thomas Gifford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"The players may be older, but the action hasn't slowed in this exciting sequel that was worth the wait."
Twenty years after The Wind Chill Factor, John Cooper goes to post-unification Germany and saves the world from the Fourth Reich- -again. Read full book review >

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ARISE AND WALK by Barry Gifford
Released: July 7, 1994

"The author's attention span seems shorter than that of a 13- year-old MTV addict; Arise and Walk reads more like the literary equivalent of sound bites than a novel."
Gifford (Night People, 1992, etc.) starts off this patchwork quilt of insanity by pairing quotes from the Bible (from which the title is culled) and from filmmaker Sam Peckinpah: ``Despair is the only unforgivable sin, and it's always reaching for us.'' Somehow, in Gifford's fundamentally twisted world, Jesus and Peckinpah seem like a natural pairing. Read full book review >

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THE STARS ABOVE VERACRUZ by Barry Gifford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"An artful ride down dangerous roads."
Shorter and longer takes in a collection that makes only a brief stab at cohesion. Read full book review >

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STREET POISON by Justin Gifford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"'This is not a story without tragedy….But it is a story of redemption and breathtaking creativity, too,' writes Gifford, who not only tells the story well, but shows why it's so significant."
The first biography of Robert Beck, aka Iceberg Slim, (1918-1992), builds a compelling case that the pimp-turned-popular author provided the foundation for gangsta rap, Blaxploitation movies, and so much of the underground culture that became mainstream. Read full book review >