Search Results: "Daniel L Adams"


BOOK REVIEW

The Mu-ji-Man Codes by Daniel L Adams
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2013

"A novel theory diminished by the author's circumventing its blueprint."
Death is inevitable for all and disquieting for some. In this debut code book, Adams admits to being in the latter camp while exploring his evolution from obsessing over—as he calls it—Mr. Death to developing a system for predicting and maximizing life span. Read full book review >

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DOG by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Occasionally surreal and slightly existential, this well-written piece has an unusual flavor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
What seems at first like a simple, elegant dog's-eye-view uncurls into a dark-edged musing on hurt feelings, death, despair, and the problematic relationship between humans and dogs. Read full book review >

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SUMMER RERUNS
by Julie Danielson

It may be that, here at my weekly Kirkus column, I’ve sung the praises many times before of French author Daniel Pennac’s The Rights of the Reader, originally published in 1992. This is to say that, if I’m being redundant, I apologize, but it is a wonderful book. To call it a guide to reading, which it actually is, makes ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE RIGHTS OF THE READER by Daniel Pennac
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Previously published in Canada as Better Than Life (1994). (Essays. Adult)"
Much improved by a new translation and the addition of Blake's thoughtful introduction and inspired illustrations, this witty plaint from a popular novelist and former teacher should finally find as wide an audience in the United States as it enjoys in France and the United Kingdom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2001

"A lively and well-written survey, spiced up with incidents from recent headlines."
It isn't only computers that have memory problems. Just ask anyone over a certain age—or take a look at this entertaining new book. Read full book review >

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HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN by Daniel L.  Everett
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A worthy book for general readers not well-versed in anthropology, neurology, linguistics, and other technical sciences."
A noted linguist explores "the evolutionary history of language as a human invention—from the emergence of our species to the more than 7,000 languages spoken today." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN EPIDEMIC OF EPIGRAMS by Daniel L. Wick
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Though it doesn't live up to its influences, this collection loves the form and offers plenty of wit and humorous observations."
A compilation of laconic, pithy sayings meant partly to guide daily life and partly as a tribute to the rich tradition of literary aphorisms. Read full book review >

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EYE OF THE WOLF by Daniel Pennac
by Daniel Pennac, translated by Sarah Adams, illustrated by Max Grafe
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"This is mystery writer Pennac's (Passion Fruit, 2001, etc.) first book for children to be published in the US; while he shows a sure sense of mood and tone, the lack of actual narrative is likely to leave audiences wondering: what's the point? (Fiction. 10-13)"
A slight French import goes heavy on symbolism but light on story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 2009

"Speaks to lofty themes, but retains a down-to-earth readability."
Tocchini presents 80 inspirational, Christian-themed vignettes designed to instill hope, motivation and faith in the power of the possible. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAVEN'S WARRIORS by Daniel L. Cramer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Ambitious and otherworldly, though a storyline worth following rarely shines through."
A twisting quest winds through varying realms in Cramer's debut. Read full book review >

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THE RULES OF SEDUCTION by Daniel L. Magida
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1992

"Even so: a promising first novel—sure to attract those for whom upper-class antics, real or imaginary, are a source of endless fascination."
The torments of living and loving in high society are the focus of this elaborate debut from ex-corporate counsel Magida, who revels in the ambiance of old money and Connecticut estates as he probes the divided heart of a young man born to rule. Read full book review >

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LANGUAGE by Daniel L.  Everett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"Readers' eyes will sometimes sparkle with new insight, sometimes glaze at the dense exposition."
Everett (Dean of Arts and Sciences/Bentley Univ.; Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazon Jungle, 2008, etc.) challenges Noam Chomsky, arguing that grammar and language are learned. Read full book review >