Search Results: "Dick Cavett"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Uneven but breezy, incisive and amusing—nice to have you back, Dick."
Veteran talk-show titan turns comic columnist. Read full book review >

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BRIEF ENCOUNTERS by Dick Cavett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A skilled second banana still works the crowd effectively."
TV's once-reigning, smarty-pants talk show host presents his thoughts on some problems, performers and a few civilians he's known. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOCHA DICK by Brian Heinz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A tour de force of design, story and illustration. (Picture book. 5-10)"
This eye-catching picture book presents the history of the legendary sperm whale behind the Herman Melville classic. Read full book review >

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MOBY DICK by Philip Edwards
adapted by Philip Edwards, illustrated by Adam Horsepool
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Other recent illustrated versions outsail this superficial recasting. (Picture book. 10-12)"
Shadowy pictures of larger-than-life figures cast atmospheric gloom over this summary version of the classic. Read full book review >

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MOBY DICK by Lance Stahlberg
adapted by Lance Stahlberg, illustrated by Lalit Kumar Singh
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 13, 2010

"Though an also-ran next to the versions of comics legends Will Eisner (2001) and Bill Sienkiewicz (1990), it's absorbing enough—and the biographical introduction and closing pages on whaling ships and sperm whales provide a nice veneer of historical context. (Graphic fiction. 11-13)"
In this slender graphic adaptation of Melville's magnum opus, Ishmael, Queequeg and the rest of the uniformly burly, steely-eyed whalers are strong presences in Singh's art—at least until their pale, gargantuan nemesis shows up to scatter them and their ship as flotsam across the waves. Read full book review >

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MOBY DICK by Geraldine McCaughrean
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"For those disposed to retellings of the classics, this is a prime example of the way to do it. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the team behind the adaptation of The Odyssey (1995), an audacious retelling that follows the main story line of Melville's monumental work—of Ishmael's tale of Captain Ahab's mad quest for revenge against the giant white whale that took his leg on a previous voyage. Read full book review >

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DEADEYE DICK by Kurt Vonnegut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 1982

"Vonnegut's weakest fiction ever."
Even Vonnegut's weaker myth/cartoon parables of 20th-century American life—Slapstick, Jailbird—have had a certain gravity and a strange shapeliness in their whimsical digressions, their near-childish interplay between silly plots and Big Themes- Here, however, though the Message circles around such weighty matters as Art and Disarmament, there's no majesty in the doodling, no sense of a pattern worth following to the end. Read full book review >

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MOBIUS DICK by Andrew Crumey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2015

"An intellectually nimble doomsday scenario that makes all those worries of creating an accidental black hole at the Large Hadron Collider sound benign by comparison."
Worlds collide when a university professor stumbles across a machine that threatens the fabric of the universe. Read full book review >

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MOBY DICK by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"For a bare-bones retelling of the original's plot, this has no equal. Just don't expect any more than that. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Melville's classic gets a lush, if wildly oversimplified, retelling under its author's generally sure hand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"In that sense—and given the talk of 'real' American-ness that persists today—Mattson's excellent book is a timely companion to the current election season. The question is: Who's playing Nixon?"
A cocker spaniel and a plain cloth coat become emblems of the paranoid-style right-wing politics of the 1950s, courtesy of one Richard Milhous Nixon. Read full book review >

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THE HOTEL DICK by Axel Brand
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 2008

"Pseudonymous Brand's debut unfolds in leisurely fashion, with many detours. His noir style effectively combines muscle and cheek, and Sonntag is an appealingly laconic sleuth."
A victim with no past, and a murder with no leads. Read full book review >

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DICK FRANCIS'S DAMAGE by Felix Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Francis (Dick Francis's Refusal, 2013, etc.) expertly choreographs Jeff's extended cat-and-mouse duel with the resourceful Leonardo. Fans of both thrillers and horse racing will be on tenterhooks until Jeff unmasks his opponent, who turns out to have been a lot more memorable in disguise."
A professional horse-racing investigator has to ride three unruly mounts at once in the fourth and most ambitious of the younger Francis' suspensers. Read full book review >