Search Results: "George Alec Effinger"


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THE EXILE KISS by George Alec Effinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Pleasantly supple and mildly inventive while remaining lightweight and sophomoric: just the formula that series fans prefer."
Third of Effinger's yarns set in the Budayeen, an Arab ghetto in a balkanized future Earth (When Gravity Fails, 1986; A Fire in the Sun, not seen). Read full book review >

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THE RED TAPE WAR by Jack L. Chalker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 24, 1991

"Silly idea, predictable outcome."
Just what the sf literary establishment has been waiting for: a round-robin novel wherein the author of one particular chapter endeavors to confound the author due up next with an insoluble cliffhanger. Read full book review >

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A POSITIVELY FINAL APPEARANCE by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"At its worst quotidian, at its best high art, from an actor who has earned the name of writer."
The retired actor muses with humble precision on the little details of his life; the results are sometimes mundane, often witty, and occasionally transcendent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"An often-charming love letter to a storied institution, but offered with a grain of salt."
What happens when your high-school crush isn't another student, but the high school itself? Read full book review >

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MR. APOLOGY by Alec Wilkinson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"A deft and memorable collection with both focus and elbow room from a class act in the world of magazine journalism."
Twenty-one stylish, purposeful, wide-ranging, and carefully wrought essays, most previously published in the New Yorker. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2007

"A disarmingly earnest portrait of an enigmatic figure."
The life and times of itinerant wanderer and vagabond extraordinaire David Pearlman, better known in some circles as Poppa Neutrino. Read full book review >

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MY NAME ESCAPES ME by Alec Guinness
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His diary may not make for gripping material, but it does seem to suggest an ideal way to spend one's retirement."
An amiable if unsurprising daily diary (covering all of 1995 and half of 1996) from the great British thespian. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE CITY by Alec Michod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2004

"First-novel atmospherics and setting are done to a turn. It's the cast that's undercooked."
A grisly serial killer—they don't call him the Husker for nothing—stalks the 1893 Chicago's World's Fair. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2009

"Wilkinson strikes exactly the right notes in this deft look at one of America's towering musical treasures."
An economical, unsentimental, illuminating look at the venerable folk singer. Read full book review >

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THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE by Alec Ross
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."
From the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a survey of technologies that will dominate the global economy in the coming decades. Read full book review >

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NEVERTHELESS by Alec  Baldwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Baldwin reveals himself to be a man of parts. A pleasure for his many fans, though the sitting president doubtless won't be placated—but that, Baldwin notes, is for another book."
The renowned actor and Trump bugaboo opines about filmmaking, politics, and sundry other matters in this cheerful but not entirely amiable memoir. Read full book review >