Search Results: "Eugene Bull"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PERSIAN GAMBIT by Eugene Bull
Released: Nov. 5, 2011

"Filled with explosions, multiple double crossings and distrust among the characters—all the ingredients for an unyielding political thriller running full tilt."
A wrongfully accused government employee goes on a global trek, exposing clandestine operations and eluding men who circumvent obstacles with violence and murder. Read full book review >

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MICHELANGELO by George Bull
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A thorough and informative reference book that tells us much about the times but fails to capture the genius of one of our greatest artists. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This attempt at a panoramic biography of one of the dominant artists of the Renaissance reads more as a recap of the period's events than a persuasive dissection of character. Read full book review >

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ROBOTS by Chris Oxlade
by Chris Oxlade, illustrated by Peter Bull
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 16, 2014

"Substandard nonfiction series fare, aimed at a slightly older audience than the publisher's Kingfisher Young Knowledge entry on the topic (2003) but a clean miss. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
This haphazard jumble of military, domestic, space, toy and industrial robots is unlikely to draw young technophiles for more than a quick once-over. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE LORD OF NIGHT by Emma Bull
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Gaber's romantic, stylishly rendered art, escaping its borders to enliven clean white margins, is also sure to appeal. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The princess has been cursed by the Lord of Night: if she's not given whatever she wants, her parents will die and their kingdom ``fall into ruin.'' Bull's tale is built on the princess's unusual response to this prescription for indulgence: she does her best not to want anything. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"Eerie and effective. (Historical fantasy. 9-13)"
A "found" Russian manuscript recounts a late-19th-century haunting. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A SNOWMAN by Eugene Yelchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Yelchin's visuals are interesting, if occasionally disorienting, but they cannot save this story from melting as thoroughly as any snowman. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little boy learns why snowmen always melt in this out-of-control surreal adventure. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A poor contribution to a serious subject, this may indeed illustrate just how badly Catholic religious life misshapes one's understanding of sexual life—although probably not in the way the author intended."
A short and rather smarmy reconsideration of the traditional Catholic doctrines regarding marriage and celibacy, written by ex-priest Kennedy (My Brother Joseph, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"Bernardin's saintliness shines through in this memoir, but less brightly than it might have, had the paradoxes in priestliness only intimated here been more directly addressed. (12 illustrations)"
Kennedy (Psychology/Loyola Univ.) evokes the memory of his friend Cardinal Bernardin in a literary portrait that aspires to poetry and sometimes succeeds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 5, 2008

"A sweet gesture from a grandfather to his grandchildren, but unlikely to be embraced by the reading public."
An academic's foray into children's books results in a strange collection of awkwardly constructed rhymes paired with flawed illustrations. Read full book review >

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Take a Walk on the Bright Side by Eugene Bright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A memoir that offers a promising look into the early 20th century but never brings the same excitement to its tales of more recent years."
A debut author traces his family's history, decade by decade, from the early 1900s to the present day. Read full book review >

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DISINTEGRATION by Eugene Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Robinson's parsing of the current situation is better journalism than sociology, but it makes for a highly readable, insightful take on race in America."
"Black America, as we knew it, is history." Read full book review >