Search Results: "James P. Johnson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Well-organized and fast-paced, with convincing insights into the minds of List and his victims: a true-crime success. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Chilling account of the multiple murders that shocked newspaper readers and TV viewers in 1971, and stunned them 18 years later when the killer was at last caught through the auspices of a popular TV program. Read full book review >

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WRITING THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS by Martin P. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A well-written, thorough scrutiny of a landmark speech that illustrated Lincoln's vision and clarified his future purposes."
Johnson (History/Miami Univ.; The Dreyfus Affair: Honor and Politics in the Belle Époque, 1999) analyzes how, when, where and by whom the Gettysburg Address was written. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

In this rousing, as-historically-accurate-as-possible recreation of the Pony Express's first ride, Spradlin introduces readers to the crazy-wild brainchild of three businessmen to expedite mail over the near-2,000 miles from St. Read full book review >

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BUG PARK by James P. Hogan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Charming and remarkable microengineering and astounding microperspectives, coupled with an old-hat evil-stepmother plot and its predictable complications: Root for the little guys, tolerate the remainder."
Hogan's latest near-future speculation (Realtime Interrupt, 1995, etc.) involves insect-sized miniature machines: Originally developed to assemble true nanomachines, these prove to have other more startling applications. Read full book review >

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PUBLIC GARDEN by James P. Moran
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1994

"Living proof that truth is stranger than fiction."
On her way home from an abortion she never wanted, a young lawyer pauses in the middle of the Boston Common to shoot her lover, another associate at her firm, wounding him slightly and setting in motion the most anemic courtroom drama in years. Read full book review >

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LORD KELVIN'S MACHINE by James P. Blaylock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"All in all: a thumping disappointment."
Three-part ``steampunk''—Victorian fantasy—outing for the author of the noteworthy Land of Dreams and The Paper Grail. Read full book review >

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MISSION TO MINERVA by James P. Hogan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"For die-hard fans only."
Latest in the Giants' Star series. Read full book review >

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Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali by P. James Oliver
Released: March 26, 2013

"A thoughtful, engaging history for intermediate students interested in Africa."
Oliver's debut, about one of West Africa's most powerful and charismatic leaders, delivers a vibrant mix of history and historical fiction for young adults. Read full book review >

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ALL THE BELLS ON EARTH by James P. Blaylock
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A steady and well-appointed yarn, curiously irreligious considering its theme, with no real chills but a satisfying resolution."
Contemporary supernatural tale from the author of Night Relics (1994), etc. In Orange, California, on a rainy night some days before Christmas, local businessman Murray LeRoy goes berserk, vandalizing churches and threatening Father Mahoney, before inexplicably catching fire and completely burning up. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Plentiful diagrams and practical examples give the nontechnical reader an insight into Hogan's often complex arguments, but the computer-literate are the most natural audience for this challenging exploration."
A survey of the current state of computer intelligence research, from a science-fiction writer (The Immortality Option, 1995, etc.) whose novels have often dealt with the subject. Read full book review >