Search Results: "Colin Broderick"


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THAT'S THAT by Colin Broderick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"Surprisingly dreary, given the turbulent backdrop, Orangutan, Broderick's scathing memoir of alcoholism, had more drama."
Growing up Catholic in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Read full book review >

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ORANGUTAN by Colin Broderick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"Engrossing, frightening and ultimately hopeful."
Broderick narrates his long, disastrous immersion in alcohol and drug abuse in this bruising but oddly entertaining memoir, limning scenes of sickening degradation with charm and humor. Read full book review >

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GODPLAYERS by Damien Broderick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2005

Multiple-universe jaunt from the author of Transcension (2001), etc. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE ABACUS by Damien Broderick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1997

"A yarn that's too assured of its own cleverness and significance—such as the ho-hum gender-neutral honorifics and the pronouns Broderick invents and invites us to share—but, still, impressive and thoughtful."
Arriving too late for a full review, Broderick's latest science fiction venture (Striped Holes, 1988, not reviewed, etc.) leaps two thousand years into the future where ``hu'' (humans) and ``ai'' (self-willed robots) mingle freely on Earth (and are narrated in the past tense). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"Hard to disagree with the author's call for serious thinking about how to make scientific sense of paranormal testing results already on the books, but he too often loses the reader while pursuing secondary points."
Australian science-fiction novelist and critic Broderick (Godplayers, 2005, etc.) tries to reconcile psychic phenomena with known science. Read full book review >

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TRANSCENSION by Damien Broderick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"As he did in his exasperating but highly regarded White Abacus (1997), Broderick pushes the genre's envelope as he combines cumbersome experimental prose, windy sermons, and a brash, defiantly imaginative cyberpunk spew of ideas."
Pretentious but all-to-frequently brilliant chronicle of humanity and superintelligent machines shuffling off their tangled mortal coils. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE BAKED BEANSTALK by Colin Stimpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Stimpson's money-can't-buy-happiness moral goes down easily with the help of his wonderfully atmospheric artwork. (Picture book. 3-9)"
Stimpson's authorial debut is a remaking of the timeless fairy tale that includes both a wonderfully fleshed-out city circa the 1930s and an ending that is happy for everyone. Read full book review >

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WE’RE OFF TO LOOK FOR ALIENS by Colin McNaughton
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Inspired metafictive read-aloud fun for an elementary audience. (Picture book. 5-9)"
In a true testament to the old chestnut that truth is stranger than fiction, Dad shares his latest loopy children's book with his own kids. Mr. Mailman delivers a copy of We're Off to Look for Aliens, fresh from the printer. Read full book review >

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THE BIG LITTLE BOOK OF HAPPY SADNESS by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Jeremy's disability and unhappy future at the animal shelter disturbing, but the splendid conclusion makes this tale a joy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this quirky Australian import, young George lives with his grandmother "and an empty place where his mother and father should have been." Read full book review >

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WILD STORIES by Colin Thompson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

These previously published stories of the creatures that inhabit a garden left to run wild is a complete and felicitous package, enhanced by the addition of a few poems and winning pen-and-ink drawings. Read full book review >

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OOMPH! by Colin McNaughton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"A jolly cartoon atmosphere swathes the proceedings, thanks to McNaughton's comic artwork, and readers can take a few cues from Preston, who is a real gentleman, brimming with good manners. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A whole lot of smooching distinguishes this latest Preston Pig adventure in which he (and Mr. Wolf) go for a vacation at the beach. Read full book review >

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PROUD ROOSTER AND THE FOX by Colin Threadgall
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"A satisfactory drama that could double as an easy reader. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Wily as he is, Fox can't sneak past Rooster, who spots him every time and sounds the alarm. Read full book review >