Search Results: "Heather Ostler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SHAPESHIFTER'S SECRET by Heather Ostler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2012

"Imagination stifled by inexperience. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This new take on shapeshifters, people who can morph into animals, suffocates under an avalanche of unskillful prose in a heartfelt story that screams for better editing. Read full book review >

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A PIG CALLED HEATHER by Harry Oulton
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"Stocked with flashes of wit, unlikely twists and narrow escapes from capture, this amiable ramble slides smoothly into the literary sty occupied by Wilbur, Babe, Mercy Watson and like talented porkers. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)"
When her "[b]est two-legged friend" moves away to London from a farm in Scotland, Heather follows—earning national celebrity on the way. Read full book review >

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Released: May 18, 1972

"Each offers a sharp if fleeting glimpse of a different culture, but it is the reality of the settings and not the unremarkable plots that must sustain Ms. Sutcliff's considerable reputation."
Three of Rosemary Sutcliff's carefully crafted recreations of ancient times, generally less compelling than her full-length works though they exemplify the same seemingly effortless blend of story and setting. Read full book review >

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THE HEATHER BLAZING by Colm Tóibín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"But, no, the moment passes—another in a series of missed opportunities that doom the novel."
Tóibín's debut (The South, 1991) followed its heroine, a married Irishwoman on the lam, through a cycle of gain and loss; his downbeat second novel, the portrait of a Dublin judge, is all loss, no gain. Read full book review >

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HEATHER, THE TOTALITY by Matthew Weiner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The creator of Mad Men makes his fiction debut with a noirish novella designed to be read in one hair-raising session."
The difficulties created for a Manhattan family by the renovation of the apartment upstairs include a homicidal stalker. Read full book review >

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HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES by Lesléa Newman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Welcome back to Heather and her mommies. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Heather has two mommiesand a new look!Read full book review >

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HEATHER FELL IN THE WATER by Doug MacLeod
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"It's hard to say whether this might convince fearful children that the water is their friend, but its sly attitude is definitely amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Heather experiences an interesting relationship with water in this slightly offbeat tale. Read full book review >

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PASSWORDS TO PARADISE by Nicholas Ostler
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Impressively vast in scope and content, Ostler's work is most accessible to fellow specialists but should intrigue dedicated readers as well."
The effects of religion on language are well-known; what about the effects of language on religion? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2005

"Always challenging, always instructive—at times, even startling or revolutionary. The issues and concerns and discoveries here merit far wider attention than this sometimes turgid text will attract. (maps and charts throughout)"
A dense but enlightening account of how the world's written languages were born, how they spread and changed, how some weakened and died, how others thrived. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2015

"Lively and revealing discussion of a battle that seems likely to continue as long as English is spoken."
Since Colonial times, Americans have taken grammar as a touchstone of social and educational status. Linguist and former librarian Ostler (Slinging Mud: Rude Nicknames, Scurrilous Slogans, and Insulting Slang from Two Centuries of American Politics, 2011, etc.) provides a history of the struggles over our language.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Ostler does not assume specialist knowledge, but he does assume that his readers share his gargantuan and voluptuary appetite for words, languages and history."
A bracing history of lingua francas and their dynamic variation, with a focus on the perfect wave that International English is riding—toward a wipeout, predicts Foundation for Endangered Languages founder Ostler (Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >