Search Results: "J. G. Ballard"


BOOK REVIEW

THE USE OF POWER by J. G. Sumner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"This superhero is a bit too super."
Aliens select a man of decency and courage to receive a magical suit in order to combat the murderous mayhem afflicting our world. Read full book review >

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WHEN WE GET HOME by Robin Ballard
Released: March 1, 1999

"The unswerving text, set in dark gray against a light gray background, conveys a sense of hush in simple declarative sentences and quietly celebrates the safety and comfort of home and family. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A common belief of childhood—that the moon is following a child—is part of the narrator's ponderings during a night ride home. Read full book review >

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I USED TO BE THE BABY by Robin Ballard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"Though this child is meant to be a model, he seems more patient and helpful than many children would be. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This effort would fall into the "new sibling issues" category, the premise laid out on the first page, "I used to be the baby, but now I am big. Read full book review >

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TONIGHT AND TOMORROW by Robin Ballard
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 31, 2000

"Gently reassuring, this sympathetic bedtime tale will help young readers keep their own nighttime fears at bay. (Picture book. 4-6)"
As he falls asleep, a small boy considers the various objects in his room and how they fit into his day. Read full book review >

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MY DAY, YOUR DAY by Robin Ballard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2001

"Hear, hear. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ten parents and their preschoolers experience parallel days, from their good-byes in the morning to their hellos in the afternoon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST BEACH by Orrin H. Pilkey
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"The authors deliver a message to be heeded: 'We must view the beach as a sacred and resilient yet strangely fragile natural environment to be protected at all costs.'"
A clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights. Read full book review >

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MISSING MITTENS by Stuart J. Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2001

"Once the culprit is revealed, readers will want to go back and find him in each scene. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Murphy's newest addition to the MathStart series (Probably Pistachio, see below, etc.) introduces readers to the concept of odd and even numbers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DILLINGER by G. Russell Girardin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 1994

"Eminently revealing and enjoyable."
Initially written (but never published) in the 1930s, this biography of notorious gangster John Dillinger has the authentic flavor of the era, bolstered by its coauthor's firsthand contact with some of the leading players. Read full book review >

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THE UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY by J.G. Ballard
Released: Nov. 1, 1979

"An audacious book, then, adhering to its chosen purposes with magisterial economy — but strangely dissatisfying and ungrounded."
Ballard has rapidly moved from his early "science fiction" into a label-defying realm where repeated enactments of sex and death appallingly calibrate the dial-faces of our instrument-centered awareness. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2013

"An affectionate, incomplete recollection of life's rich pageant."
The unpredictably serene memoir from one of the most daring voices in fiction. Read full book review >

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MEMORIES OF THE SPACE AGE by J.G. Ballard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 30, 1988

"Worthwhile, certainly, but more variety would have served this fine writer more justly."
Eight stories, 1962-85, exploring what Ballard views as a grandiose and mesmerizing yet ill-judged and ultimately doomed enterprise: the manned exploration of space. Read full book review >