Search Results: "David M. Raup"


BOOK REVIEW

EXTINCTION: BAD GENES OR BAD LUCK? by David M. Raup
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1991

"While the book is important for what it has to say about life on earth, it is also a marvelous exposition of think and double-think in science."
A remarkably candid book on what we know and (mostly) what we don't know about evolution and extinction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"A major achievement in objective historical writing that should be a legacy to generations of students seeking authoritative reference material on the period. (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the Atlantic Monthly; author tour)"
The latest volume of the Oxford History of the United States, an exhaustive survey spanning 16 years of crises, ordeals, fears, and insecurities. Read full book review >

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AS SHE RIDES BY by David M. Pierce
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"A hilariously good time is had by all the characters, though readers are left to fend pretty much for themselves."
Survivors of V. (Vic) Daniel's two previous hardcover exploits (Write Me a Letter, 1993, etc.) already know whether they want to continue their relationship with the relentlessly jokey stringbean. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2008

"A supremely useful book for portfolio planning, though not the thing to give someone who's inclined to worry about the state of the world."
It's a fraught time, writes hedge-fund guru Smick in this timely book. If the "Chinese juggernaut" doesn't sink us, then class warfare and our spendthrift ways will. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 9, 2011

"Mokotoff, despite a tendency to dwell on mundane and superficial details, constructs a devastating memoir that is both an act of closure and a cautionary tale."
A tragic memoir of childhood sexual abuse and one man's struggle to comprehend its lasting repercussions. Read full book review >

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IN ENEMY HANDS by David M. Weber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ludicrously overburdened with titles and honorifics, and with comic-book villains, cardboard backdrop, and invisible plot: an unutterably tedious experience."
Weber's hardcover debut extends an established paperback series (Honor Among Enemies, etc.) about Honor Harrington, a genetically engineered warrior whiz, now a commodore in the service of the good-guy Alliance against the evil-empire People's Republic, or Peeps—the circumstances of which we learn all about during a prolonged and tiresome introduction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Despite his considerable skill as a writer, the author's initial tone of logic and thoughtfulness morphs into barely checked irritation, which makes reading difficult."
Humor and moral outrage share the stage in this semisatirical look at Western culture. Read full book review >

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ANGELS IN HEAVEN by David M. Pierce
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Wispy plotting, but the offbeat humor, nutty characters, and (mostly haplesnEWSLUGsPSV. Daniel may find you hunting up the trio of previous Vic paperbacks."
An amusing hardcover introduction to six-foot-seven San Fernando Valley p.i. Read full book review >

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SELF-PORTRAIT WITH TURTLES by David M. Carroll
NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 2004

"A pitch-perfect memoir, skirting sentimentality as it embraces sentiment, getting at nature's marvel and its endless transfigurations. (40 b&w line drawings and halftones by the author)"
Naturalist/writer Carroll (Swampwalker's Journal, 1999, etc.) reveals all the touchstones that turned him from a Turtle Boy to a Turtle Man. Read full book review >

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RERUNS by David M. Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2013

"A dark, laugh-track-ready take on deceptively light fare."
Spanning from one Emmy season to the next, Hunter's slim black comedy follows the production cycle of a farcical take on television history from the perspectives of three key players. Read full book review >