Search Results: "Clive James"


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THE MAN FROM JAPAN by Clive James
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, a diverting read."
The picaresque adventures of a Japanese intellectual with a retiring personality who ``craved danger'' in the Metroland of 1980's London, as chronicled by trend-noting British critic James (Flying Visits, 1986; Unreliable Memoirs, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >

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PLAY ALL by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"A gentler companion to Harlan Ellison's The Glass Teat (1970), the only flaw of which is that it's too short, leaving readers wanting more."
Eminent literary and cultural critic James (Latest Readings, 2015, etc.) comes back to an old beat: reviewing the offerings on the small screen. Read full book review >

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AS OF THIS WRITING by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Criticism is not indispensable to art,' James writes. 'It is indispensable to civilization—a more inclusive thing.' His stimulating and thrilling work forcefully makes a case for that bold declaration."
Superb collection of criticism at once deeply serious and deliberately accessible, more than justifying its author's claim that "readability is intelligence." Read full book review >

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LATEST READINGS by Clive James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"'If I ever had a plaque,' James confesses, 'I would like it to say: He loved the written word, and told the young.' Until the plaque is cast, this slim book will suffice."
A book lover's musings. Read full book review >

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Released: March 19, 2007

"Exemplary cogitations without a trace of jargon or better-read-than-thou condescension."
The humanities are everywhere, but humanism is at a premium. So observes British writer and television personality James (As of This Writing, 2003, etc.) in this collection, mixing amateurish delight and scholarly immersion in books and ideas. Read full book review >

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CATERPILLAR DREAMS by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A pleasing and amiable tale. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A caterpillar embarks on a great adventure only to find there's no place like home. Read full book review >

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ABARAT:  ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT by Clive Barker
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"All in all, fans will revel and newcomers will be baffled. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The long-awaited third book of Barker's series has finally arrived. Read full book review >

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A BED FOR BEAR by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Pleasant—though it does not plow particularly new ground. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This simple tale riffs on a perennial theme: "There's no place like home." Read full book review >

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ABARAT by Clive Barker
by Clive Barker, illustrated by Clive Barker
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Still, with three promised sequels on the way, many readers will, like Candy, want to 'trust to Mama Izabella' to take them somewhere worth the trip. (Fiction. 12+)"
A new series revives the almost-extinct genre of the fantasy travelogue. Read full book review >

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ONE MAN RUNNING by Clive Egleton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 13, 2002

"An old pro (The Honey Trap, 2001, etc.) proves again in his 30th novel what a dab hand he is at starting briskly and getting to the goal fast."
"The high-priced help"—that is, the senior members of Her Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS)—are as aggressively alert as ever they were. Read full book review >

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A DYING FALL by Clive Egleton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Egleton (Cry Havoc, 2003, etc.) has always been able to make quiet heroism engrossing. In Ashby, close kin to le Carré's Smiley, we see an early and interesting example."
Predating superagent Peter Ashton & Co., an entertaining tale by the veteran thrillmeister—first published in 1974 in England—deals with a quixotic attempt to shorten WWII. Read full book review >

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ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY by Clive Woodall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Despite the New Age idioms, Woodall keeps his story light and its pace quick, suggesting parallels between animal warfare and the human world but never overwhelming us with message."
Already optioned by Disney, this British bestseller by first-time author (and ex-grocer) Woodall describes an avian civil war, with the crows and magpies trying to exterminate every other species. Read full book review >