Search Results: "Frederick B. Siskind"


BOOK REVIEW

FACE BUG by J. Patrick Lewis
by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Kelly Murphy, photographed by Frederick B. Siskind
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"The attempt to present science in a humorous way is a well-meaning one, but the effect seems rather lame for today's visually sophisticated kids and might work better as an app than a book. (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
For kids who love bugs! Gruesome but fascinating photomicrographs of 14 different bugs are the focus of this unusual science book that combines poetry, line drawings and scientific facts to bring bugs alive for curious children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOPSCOTCH TREE by Leda Siskind
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Uh-Oh was so heavy I was going to get trapped and crushed by it''—a cutesy shorthand that seems gratingly out of character for the otherwise articulate Edith. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grader Edith Gold finds that the hardest part of adjusting to her new school is withstanding the torments of anti-Semitic Zandra Kott and her gang; but Edith finds solace in whispering her troubles to the immense ``Hopscotch Tree'' on the playground. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INLAND by K.C. Frederick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2006

"Atmospheric and textured but lacking a payoff."
Muffled sketch of Cold War U.S. culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUESEED PRODIGY by Frederick Ford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 23, 2013

"Lackluster action with an unrelenting ideological bent."
In Ford's debut political thriller, a coalition of anti-capitalist groups plots to destroy an offshore hub for foreign entrepreneurs and businessmen, thereby tightening their grip over world power. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTY by Frederick Dillen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Kudos to Dillen for his unusual premise. The workplace drama that follows is rousing, if predictable."
After a career closing factories, a woman reclaims her blue-collar roots, revives a plant and saves a community. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SNOWBOARDING TO NIRVANA by Frederick Lenz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Lenz has written a comic masterpiece, whether he meant to or not."
Real-life snowboarder Lenz (Surfing the Himalayas, 1995) takes us, in what may be the most hilarious spiritual quest since Candide, on a most excellent pilgrimage through the mountains of Nepal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER SIMPLE by Frederick Marryat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"This is one of the most attractive and neglected early Victorian novels, and its selection alone bodes well for a very promising series."
paper 0-8050-5565-7 The enduring popularity of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin novels has fortuitously stimulated Norton's new Heart of Oak Sea Classics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGUE by Frederick Ramsay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"Suspense builds slowly in Ike's fifth procedural (Choker, 2008, etc.). Its low-key charm particularly rewards readers already familiar with the characters."
A volatile small-town sheriff will stop at nothing to find the person responsible for putting his fiancé in a coma. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Gourmets and gourmands alike will savor Kaufman's keen, caustic anatomy of the American palate."
A series of trenchant arguments about the consistency of Americans' feelings for food, our great common denominator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIST OF GOD by Frederick Forsyth
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 16, 1994

"Despite some lingering loose ends and a trail of extraneous coincidence, The Fist of God—with its mix of secret war councils, confidential memos, super sleuthing, and military fireworks—should satisfy die-hard fans of espionage yarns. (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
Readers who are intrigued by behind-the-scenes machinations of the Gulf War can eavesdrop on the major players as well as some fictional creations in this workmanlike thriller from the author of The Day of the Jackal (1971) and The Odessa File (1972). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE ON EARTH by Frederick Seidel
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a trick akin to writing good natural history, and few poets since the ancients have done so well as Seidel does it here."
The second volume in Seidel's projected trilogy, very loosely modeled on the Divine Comedy but with the compass points grimly reversed: in this cosmos we are headed downwards and there is no Virgil to hold our hand. Read full book review >