Search Results: "David Stahler Jr."


BOOK REVIEW

SPINNING OUT by David Stahler Jr.
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"The end may or may not be a surprise to readers, but ultimately this story of a high-school friend trying to save his buddy will be tough to find an audience for. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Stocky stoner prankster Frenchy and his wealthy hippie friend Stewart usually prefer to bide their time smoking weed and plotting tricks to unleash on their unsuspecting school, but when Stewart hears that the drama department is putting on The Man of La Mancha, he eagerly convinces Frenchy to audition with him. Read full book review >

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A GATHERING OF SHADES by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 10, 2005

"Unlike most dark fantasy tales, this gathering serves up few thrills and even fewer chills, but will still keep teens reading right up to the very end. (Fiction. YA)"
The prologue sets the scene: An old woman sitting in an orchard at dusk chats with a group of spirits she summoned by mixing her own blood with spring water. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"The success of this offering, however, does not merit the purchase of the previous two books. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Visions and his fear of Mixel Corporation drive the formerly blind Jacob from his new home, in this conclusion to the Truesight Trilogy. Read full book review >

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DOPPELGANGER by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"An interesting read that deals with growing pains, peer pressure and making decisions that might be unpopular, but are undoubtedly right. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
What teenage boy doesn't feel uncomfortable in his own skin? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"These newer mysteries compel; perhaps the trilogy's conclusion will continue along this route. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Newly sighted Jacob discovers the world of Seers in this sequel to Truesight (2004). Read full book review >

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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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TRUESIGHT by David Stahler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting concept marred by poor execution of the all-blind society and a too-evil villain. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The conflict between individual and society takes place in a poorly constructed dystopia. Read full book review >

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GOD JR. by Dennis Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A refreshing departure from the obsessive redundancy of its predecessors. Probably Cooper's best yet."
And now for something different from the master of homosexual punk sadomasochism. Read full book review >

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WITTGENSTEIN JR by Lars Iyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Pieced together from terse vignettes and enlivened with a liberal scattering of exclamation points, the novel teeters between exaggerated gloom and moments of true tenderness. Existential angst is rarely this entertaining."
An enigmatic young philosophy lecturer infuriates, intrigues and ultimately beguiles his Cambridge University students in this droll love story about logic and learning from Iyer (Philosophy/Newcastle Univ.; Exodus, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

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DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Blending scholarship and ironic detachment, an admirably balanced treatment of a politician who provoked anything but objectivity during his Marion Barry-like career. (Thirty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The first full-length biography—and likely the authoritative one for years to come—of the flamboyant black congressman who, as civil-rights gadfly and as libertine, exemplified the gap between our nation's ideals and practices that was given a name in Gunnar Myrdal's ``American Dilemma.'' Blessed with good looks, eloquence, and a bully pulpit (he succeeded his father as head of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, the nation's largest black congregation), Powell became ``Mr. Civil Rights'' in the pre-King era by combining agitation and electoral politics. Read full book review >