Search Results: "J.G. Ballard"


BOOK REVIEW

HELLO AMERICA by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1988

"No Empire of the Sun this, nor even The Day of Creation (p. 298), it leaves the reader wondering, simply, why?"
The driving force behind this—one of Ballard's most puzzling, disappointing and least impressive efforts—is the concept of America as Land of Fantasy, an Unlimited Dream Company. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OF CREATION by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1988

"Still, if rather murky in overall thrust, chapter by chapter this is rich, strange work from a distinctive storyteller: elegantly phrased, vividly imagined, and rescued from portentousness by a deeply ironic tilt."
With unabashed echoes of all the great "river novels," from Huckleberry Finn to Heart of Darkness to The African Queen, Ballard (The Crystal World, Crash, Empire of the Sun) offers here a poetic, stately, oddly half-involving tale—part escape/chase adventure, part symbolic soul-journey. Read full book review >

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MILLENNIUM PEOPLE by J.G. Ballard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"Vintage Ballard, smartly observed and tartly written. Let's hope there's more in the vault."
Terrorism, dysfunction, malaise, dyspepsia and rioting on the streets of London. If that sounds familiar—well, welcome to Ballard's (Cocaine Nights, 1998, etc.) prophetic view of our time. Read full book review >

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A USER'S GUIDE TO THE MILLENNIUM by J.G. Ballard
NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 1996

"Ironically, the closer Ballard approaches to the millennium, the more he blends futurism with ephemera and the more frequently he dwells on his past."
Like a brain with a severed corpus callosum, this is a wide-spectrum collection of Ballard's heady essays from the '60s that address the future with visionary irony and recent newspaper reviews that concern a pathological, if mundane, present. Read full book review >

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GOSPEL TRUTHS by J.G. Sandom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1992

"Gospel truths so far into the background."
Eight hundred years ago, somebody hid a copy of the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas—the oft-fabled Q document directly reporting Christ's words—in some cubbyhole in Chartres Cathedral. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTING CLUB by J.G. Sandom
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1993

"The second half is considerably more predictable, though never less than slickly entertaining, right down to the last, inevitable twist. (Film rights to Warner Brothers—and there's no mystery why.)"
Five New Yorkers out for a bachelor party leave their comfy bar for the Party Girl Lounge, then follow an especially game stripper up to her apartment—and into a spiraling nightmare of murder and its consequences. Read full book review >

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Song of the Oceanides by J.G. Zymbalist
Released: Jan. 14, 2016

"A clever and finely wrought steampunk tale about aliens and misfits."
Źymbalist tells the story of two Martian girls attempting to get home in this debut steampunk novel. 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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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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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 >

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The Deja Vu Experiment by J.G. Renato
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"A brief but complex and personal discussion of metaphysical interpretations."
This meditation on metaphysical topics also serves as a tribute to the author's late wife. Read full book review >