Search Results: "Ian Littlewood"


BOOK REVIEW

SULTRY CLIMATES by Ian Littlewood
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Much travel is for pleasure, and Littlewood has made the obvious, if not widely acknowledged leap, returning with a wealth of sensual travelers' tales, sordid to voltaic. His points are well taken."
A survey of the erotic lines of force that run through the habits of travel abroad from the 17th century to the present. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"The result is a survey with no more depth or breadth than a reflecting pool."
An Englishman's intermittently intriguing audit of Western attitudes toward Japan and the Japanese, from the first contacts in the 16th century to the present day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN IS SICK  by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Ian isn't well, and his book isn't so great either. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some TLC and a play date help a sick little boy get better. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"More appreciation than critique. Cabell's biggest achievement is an annotated guide to Rankin first editions and comprehensive cast lists and episode summaries of the TV series."
An analysis of much-lauded crime writer Ian Rankin's relationship with his iconoclastic detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Ian Penney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Some of the appeal will be wasted on American children, but travelers, even of the armchair variety, might give it a go. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
The Billy-Goats-Gruff, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and more of the usual suspects play out their tales on some of Great Britain's historic sites and estates: Stowe, the Giant's Causeway, Kedleston in Derby, the ``Bear's Hut'' on the grounds of Killeston, the garden tower at Cornwall's Trelissick, and Chirk Castle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAR GIRL by Karin Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"Warm and sweet. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can a little girl keep her favorite star? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMMI'S GIFT by Karin Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The illustrator's skillful painting and the softness of her expressive pencil work beautifully impart this gentle tale about the power of receiving—and of giving in return. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Immi is alone in her icy, white world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATH OF NEEDLES by Alison Littlewood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Tied together by bird sightings, both the main characters spend page after page contemplating what they've seen, said and done, making for a frustrating story that will please neither fans of crime nor fans of horror."
The death of a young girl brings together a dull female police officer and an equally dull professor who specializes in sorting through classic versions of fairy tales in Littlewood's lackluster sophomore effort. Read full book review >