Search Results: "F. Howard Billings"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN GODS WAR by F. Howard Billings
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A simplistic sci-fi saga."
In this debut novel, a strange, young, grassy, and lopsided planet named Zeon faces catastrophe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Don't Worry, We'll Make It by Leo Billings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Open-minded, uplifting exploration."
A businessman and former U.S. Marine shares his reflections on embracing a spiritual philosophy of life in this debut poetry collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A great outline of the subject, bringing what's often treated as science fiction down to Earth, where it can be understood."
Science writer Billings debuts with this examination of the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and the surprising perspective it provides in thinking about mankind and the deep-time history of Earth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A thoroughly researched, comprehensive overview of an incredible new world. (b&w photos, diagrams, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 11+)"
In the Science Sourcebooks series, Billings (Pesticides, 1993, etc.) meets the ``grand challenge'' of writing about the workings of supercomputers, the fastest, most powerful and complicated computers in the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1991

"Many attractive, informative photos; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Once over lightly: the frantic race to discover materials that exhibit superconductivity at higher and higher temperatures; today's attempt to make practical superconducting machines and circuits. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Photos not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In the ``Issues in Focus'' series, Billings describes the origins and uses of pesticides; problems resulting from their residues; national and international regulatory agencies; and suggestions for a safer future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Skilled history from which interested readers and policy makers can learn much. (For a firsthand account of life in Appalachian Kentucky, see Linda Scott DeRosier, Creeker.)"
With rural poverty remaining a persistent problem in the US, sociologists Billings (Univ. of Kentucky; Planters and the Making of a "New South," not reviewed) and Blee (Univ. of Pittsburgh; Women of the Klan, not reviewed) offer an ambitious history of an Appalachian county in order to understand "how places grow poor." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR EMPIRE! by Abby Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A change of pace from the typical blood-and-guts approach to the topic, populous enough to sate even the most rabid dinophiles. (glossary) (Graphic informational fantasy. 9-11)"
A quick trip through the Mesozoic Era with a paleontologist is all young Ronnie needs to become a dino-maniac. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DARK TERROR by William F. F. Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A fast-paced space adventure with intriguing sci-fi elements and compelling characters."
A mysterious threat is about to complicate Calvin Range's quest to find the hidden pieces of a superweapon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEGENDS by Howard Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"A terrific gathering of heroic hacks and legendary near misses, ideal as a companion for systematic histories such as Lawrence Ritter's ripe-for-updating Story of Baseball (3rd edition, 1999). (timeline, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A sports fan's delight: historical highlights (and lowlights), tributes to great players and lots of "Top Ten" lists ripe for vigorous second guessing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"More Tim Burton than Lewis Carroll, a sensuous version of Alice's adventures for the Hot Topic crowd. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An Alice returns through the rabbit hole in this cinematic if oversaturated goth-punk retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Read full book review >