Search Results: "Geoff Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DOOMSPELL by Cliff McNish
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"An opportunity for a sequel is provided at the end—an attractive option for those who care more for pyrotechnics than characters. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A monumental battle of good versus evil pits children against an ancient witch outcast from earth. Read full book review >

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WOLF BROTHER by Michelle Paver
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"By the end, readers will have a real feeling for what life in the wild must have been like, and will be looking forward to Torak's further exploits. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Grandiose series title aside, this first of a projected six episodes makes a muddled but strong start, pitting its young stone-age protagonist against a ravening, ensorcelled bear. Read full book review >

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OUTCAST by Michelle Paver
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Paver moves her cast along, springs major revelations and brings everything around right in the end, but the plot's most dramatic elements (notably a major flood that is over in half a page) take a back seat to character development. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The fourth episode in this prehistoric epic pitches young spirit-walker Torak into a struggle to keep his multiple "souls" out of the clutches of the power-mad Viper Mage. Read full book review >

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INCREDIBLE PLANTS by Barbara Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 1997

"Think of the book as science for the eyes, a companion volume to more competent texts that forge links between what readers are looking at and what they should be seeing. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
Glossily photographed, highly detailed, three-dimensional models seem to leap out at readers in this entry in the Inside Guide series. Read full book review >

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DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE by Geoff Rodkey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 29, 2012

"Fans of pirates and perilous quests will certainly enjoy this tale of hijinks on the high seas and eagerly anticipate the next installment of Egg's story. (Adventure. 9-14)"
This promising new series starts out strong with a story filled to the brim with pirates, treasure, intrigue and swashbuckling suspense. Read full book review >

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THE MIRACLE LETTERS OF T. RIMBERG by Geoff Herbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Herbach's debut is an odd read—simple, even spartan, on one hand, but luxuriantly flaky on the other."
The epistolary novel lives, albeit in this rather strange variation. Read full book review >

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PARIS TRANCE by Geoff Dyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Pointless to a fault, pock-marked with clichés about expatriates and la vie bohéme: a chronicle of squandered youth that would have seemed old-hat 50 years ago."
English music- and literary-critic Dyer (Out of Sheer Rage, 1998, etc.) offers his first novel—a disappointing improvisation on the Parisian themes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2016

"Manaugh's authoritative writing wields a descriptive elegance, but while much in the book seems self-evident, he goes to great lengths to define it, and now and then, this laboring of the obvious results in unnecessary padding."
Manaugh (The BLDGBLOG Book, 2009) melds a romantic's taste for the furtive with the nitty-gritty of subverting architectural design in this fascinating, occasionally overfurnished examination of the art and science of burglary.Read full book review >

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THE CITY UNDER THE SKIN by Geoff Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2014

"This 'cartographic thriller' by the British-born, Los Angeles-based Nicholson doesn't always rise to its subject, but it does a good job of making us think about our surroundings and the people in them."
Young women with maps crudely tattooed on their backs hold answers to the mysteries posed in Nicholson's arch urban thriller. Read full book review >

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BUT BEAUTIFUL by Geoff Dyer
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A false note in the history of jazz criticism."
A curious combination of fiction and criticism celebrating primarily the great jazz musicians of the '50s. Read full book review >

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INDONESIA by Geoff Simons
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2000

"An excellent country profile and a jarring reminder that Indonesians continue to fight for democratic rights today, something not lost on the East Timorese, the latest, most public victims of Indonesian aggression."
A fine, grim politicaleconomic history of Indonesia, from the first colonial state to the appointment of Habibie after the Suharto meltdown, from Simons (Libya: The Struggle for Survival, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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UNCONQUERED COUNTRIES by Geoff Ryman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1994

"Others will note the artificially heightened prose, the clever mechanics, the polished inventiveness, the ulterior meanings, and they will remain emotionally unmoved."
Four novellas, two previously unpublished, from the author of the acclaimed Was (1992) and The Child Garden (1990). ``The Unconquered Country'' (1986), Ryman's allegorical dark fantasy about Cambodia and Vietnam, has previously appeared as a book in its own right. ``O Happy Day!'' (1985), a tale of sociobiology and feminist backlash, features a transit camp run by homosexual men to which trainloads of males are dispatched for extermination by the feminists now controlling the country. Read full book review >