Search Results: "Dick Wimmer"


BOOK REVIEW

BOYNE'S LASSIE by Dick Wimmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Short, silly, and sentimental: Wimmer's cartoon happily indulges stereotypes about drunken Irishmen and New York School painters."
"Boyne?!" exclaims a brogue-burred Kevin Flynn in Wimmer's sequel to Irish Wine (1988), "Holy Mother of God, is there no killin' ya off?" Read full book review >

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THE IRISH WINE TRILOGY by Dick Wimmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2001

"Good pointless fun, in the tradition of Joyce Cary's The Horse's Mouth and every other bohemian romp you've ever read."
A comic trilogy that tacks one new episode onto two reruns, Wimmer's collection—Irish Wine (1988), Boyne's Lassie (1998), and Hagar's Dream—follows the misadventures of wild-man Seamus Boyne (Irish scourge of the British art world) and his timid friend Gene Hagar (a Long Island exterminator with literary ambitions). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1999

"While the collection's individual pieces do capture some of baseball's magical moments, The Home Run Game is not organized or comprehensive enough to do full justice to the writers and to the players' achievements. (20 b&w photos)"
After Duke Snider hit a 300-foot home run, he teased Frank Howard, who earlier had blasted one over 500 feet, by saying, "Yours didn't count any more than mine did." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Golf fans will enjoy reliving some dramatic games and reading about some of their heroes while enjoying the prose of some of the best sportswriters and sports-lovers."
Sports anthologist Wimmer (The Home Run Game, p. 619, etc.) turns his attention to golf in this slim but pleasing collection. 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 >

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 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >