Search Results: "Damien Broderick"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 1999

"If you considered Australia too remote and sparsely populated to be science fictionally important—well, think again."
Not the first volume of Australian SF (editor Van Iken's rather indiscriminate collection arrived here in 1984) but by far the most significant: 20 substantial tales from the modern era, the majority of whose authors will be familiar to Kirkus regulars and SF-story buffs. A. Bertram Chandler (1912—84) offers an ingenious explanation for why Australian Aborigines revere Ayer's Rock. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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THE MISERABLES by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Wilkins's novel is all interior, no edge, and the interior is a dull one."
The death of his grandfather spurs a young editor to reevaluate his life—in this brooding, introspective first novel from New Zealander Wilkins. Read full book review >

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CHEMISTRY by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"Attempting to straddle the line between themes of family and addiction, the author misses both in the process."
Fourth novel from Wilkins (Little Masters, 1997, etc.), about a family that can't seem to extricate itself from drugs, legal or illegal. Read full book review >

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Amanojaku by Damien Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2016

"A multilayered protagonist and stellar setting help guide this sci-fi narrative to an unforgettable coda."
In 2040, a former convict with an implant to stave off violent impulses finds himself in the midst of a plan to take down a corporate empire in Lutz's (Book Hunter, 2015, etc.) sci-fi thriller.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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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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LITTLE MASTERS by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rich with shading and detail, but too loosely organized for its own good: a crowded canvas that badly wants some focal point."
A meandering account of life among disaffected expatriates that ultimately overstays its visa: a second novel from New Zealander Wilkins (The Miserables, 1993) All the usual confusions that plague young people are prominent among Wilkins's brood, none of whom seems much more adult than the children who have somehow fallen into their care. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Books on dogs who served in war make up a minor genre. This account will appeal to dog lovers and history buffs who can tolerate the florid novelization and fictionalized dialogue."
An enthusiastic dual biography of a man and his wartime animal companion. Read full book review >