Search Results: "David Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

THOSE MAGNIFICENT SHEEP IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES by Peter Bently
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Just pure, wooly-headed fun. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A passel of sheep, who vaguely resemble characters from the titular movie, are quietly grazing on the hillside when they are startled by a loud noise overhead. Read full book review >

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THE DUNDERHEADS BEHIND BARS by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Delightfully smart and deliciously funny—don't miss it. (Fiction. 7-9)"
The Dunderheads are back in another amusing caper that's sure to please fans of their earlier exploits (The Dunderheads, 2009). Read full book review >

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UNCLE MONTAGUE’S TALES OF TERROR by Chris Priestley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Priestley usually does better. (Short stories. 11-13)"
The author's attempts to create atmosphere with constant references to half-glimpsed figures, encroaching fog, unexplained noises, etc., come off as labored in these ten tales of the supernatural. Read full book review >

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THE DUNDERHEADS by Paul Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Share with special readers; it's well worth the effort. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A group of underachievers engages in a battle of wits with their unsympathetic teacher and emerges triumphant. Read full book review >

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DON’T SAY THAT, WILLY NILLY! by Anna Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"This modern spin lacks the charm of previous versions, making this moderately silly variation only for those who haven't heard the original. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Willy Nilly is no Epaminondas in this cartoonish, contemporary version of the old classic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2000

"Not as gripping as Into Thin Air, but fans of daring outdoor exploits (especially those with long memories) will find this a satisfying armchair adventure."
A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure's nastier details and some of the team's more rancorous moments. Read full book review >

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THE LOST WORLD OF THE OLD ONES by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2015

"For fans of all things Southwestern—not quite as robust and thoughtful as Craig Childs' House of Rain (2007) but a pleasure to read."
More travels in the Southwest of yore by outdoorsman/writer Roberts (Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"As educational as it is exciting, written with wit and compassion, this is highly recommended reading for adventure enthusiasts of all stripes."
A collection of essays (some reprinted from Outside and other magazines) certain to provide vicarious thrills for even the most hardened adventure reader, laced with humor and cogent observations about modern-day wilderness exploration. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Certainly enticing stuff for buffs of things southwestern, but more so to readers with an eye to the ironies and paradoxes of history."
A close look at one of the most bloody, mysterious episodes in the history of what's now the Southwest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Roberts creates a full portrait of Mawson and does justice to what famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary would later call '[t]he greatest survival story in the history of exploration.'"
Mountaineer and prolific author Roberts (Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, 2011, etc.) returns with a vivid history of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) and his 1912 exploration of Antarctica. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 9, 2002

"A bold deed that's rattling and—given the character displayed by Washburn and Bates—exemplary. (Photographs)"
As adamantine as its protagonists, this chilling and exhilarating story of the travails on the ascent of the Yukon's Mount Lucania is ably retold by Roberts (Points Unknown, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Of a piece with Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven (2003), though without its drama—serviceable, but really a magazine article plumped up to book length."
Roberts (Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge, 2005, etc.) elaborates on a footnote to the history of westward expansion, excoriating the early leaders of Mormonism in the bargain. Read full book review >