Search Results: "Clive James"


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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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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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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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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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THE FOX AND THE WILD by Clive McFarland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"There's lots that appeals: a polite but determined fox, just enough danger, and plenty of colorful art. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A fox named Fred quests for a life away from his native city. 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 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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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Expect heavy demand. (Fantasy. 12+)"
Picaresque digression yields to plot development in this second entry about the archipelago of the Abarat, where each island is ruled by a different hour of the day. Read full book review >