Search Results: "Crocker Stephenson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1993

"Stephenson intelligently pieces together autopsy and police reports, newspaper accounts, and court testimony to tell his grisly and creepy, but irresistible, story. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
Using what he calls ``novelistic strategies,'' Milwaukee Sentinel reporter Stephenson vividly recounts events surrounding the July 4, 1987, murder of five members of the bizarre Kunz family of northern Wisconsin. Read full book review >

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THE TALE OF THE SWAMP RAT by Carter Crocker
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite a contrived climax, readers may enjoy Crocker's low-key brand of humor and non-preachy philosophizing. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Like its drought-stricken Florida swamp setting, there is a steady but sluggish flow to this folksy, philosophical debut that may lose less patient readers, but those who stick with it may hear echoes of both Wind in the Willows and The Jungle Book. Read full book review >

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LAST OF THE GULLIVERS by Carter Crocker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2012

"Fast-paced action, a sympathetic main character and appealing alternate reality combine here for a kid-friendly introduction to a classic. (Magical adventure. 10-14)"
Young readers won't need to have read Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels to enjoy this fantasy about a contemporary kid who comes across a village of Lilliputians by accident. Read full book review >

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BILLIE STANDISH WAS HERE by Nancy Crocker
FICTION
Released: May 8, 2007

"Set in the late 1960s and early '70s, this tender, touching account of intergenerational friendship provides rich historical context for two memorable female characters who redefine the meaning of family and love. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A lonely girl in rural Missouri develops a friendship with her elderly neighbor that transforms her life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An absorbing tale of the profundity of the human-chimp bond and how it can inform interactions among humans."
The story of how a doctor's experiences with wild chimpanzees influenced his work with his human patients. Read full book review >

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FINDING JACK by Gareth Crocker
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A predictable plot with a sentimental streak a mile wide."
Soldier finds dog. Soldier loses dog. Soldier finds dog. Read full book review >

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THE OLD LIMEY by III Crocker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Silly, but not funny, and poorly plotted to boot."
A retired, reactionary British brigadier general searches L.A. for his missing goddaughter in this lugubrious would-be farce, a first novel from the author of Robert E. Lee on Leadership (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Earnest and well-meaning but unlikely to sway climate deniers, Monsanto lobbyists, and others in need of convincing."
An environmental scolding by climate activist Stephenson. Read full book review >

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SNOW CRASH by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 15, 1992

"The flashy, snappy delivery fails to compensate for the uninhabited blandness of the characters. And despite the many clever embellishments, none of the above is as original as Stephenson seems to think. An entertaining entry that would have benefitted from a more rigorous attention to the basics."
After terminally cute campus high-jinks (The Big U) and a smug but attention-grabbing eco-thriller (Zodiac), Stephenson leaps into near-future Gibsonian cyberpunk—with predictably mixed results. Read full book review >

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ANATHEM by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Light on adventure, but a logophilic treat for those who like their alternate worlds big, parodic and ironic."
A sprawling disquisition on "the higher harmonics of the sloshing" and other "polycosmic theories" that occupy the residents of a distant-future world much like our own. Read full book review >

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REAMDE by Neal Stephenson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Who'll prevail? We don't know till the very end, thanks to Stephenson's knife-sharp skills as a storyteller. An intriguing yarn—most geeky, and full of satisfying mayhem."
Who lives by the joystick dies by the joystick: Noir futurist Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.) returns to cyberia with this fast-moving though sprawling techno-thriller. Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE by Terri Blom Crocker
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"The style is traditional, even stodgy, while the discoveries may be revolutionary in World War I historiography."
A doctoral candidate and senior paralegal debuts with a sharp look at the so-called "Christmas truce" of 1914, discovering that distortion has colored many accounts of it—and of World War I itself. Read full book review >