Search Results: "James P. Muehlberger"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST CAUSE by James P. Muehlberger
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2013

"Of possible interest to Jesse James and/or Civil War buffs, but not to a wider audience."
A Missouri legal historian's well-researched but lackluster answer to the question of whether Jesse James was "the last great rebel of the Civil War or the first notorious robber after [it]." 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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Intelligent and entertaining, Pinkerton offers some fodder for policy wonks, although his ideas do not amount to the promised conceptual sea change in our way of thinking about government."
In a diverting commentary on our increasingly dysfunctional political system, Newsday columnist and former Bush policy advisor Pinkerton predicts the imminent demise of bureaucracy and the rise of a ``new paradigm'' of government. Read full book review >

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NIGHT RELICS by James P. Blaylock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"Superb characters and setting, in a plot that meshes seamlessly—the single cavil being that it goes on too long: we learn what's happening well before the characters do."
Fairly orthodox ghost story set in the California hill country, from the author of The Paper Grail, Lord Kelvin's Machine, etc. Peter Travers is trying to put his failed marriage behind him and enter into a new relationship with girlfriend Beth. Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND THAT WAS EARTH by James P. Hogan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Intriguing and thoughtful, with an agreeably ironic edge."
Alien-visitation yarn from the author of Cradle of Saturn (1999), etc. When the staid, regimented humanoid Hyadeans arrive on Earth with their advanced science—based on dull practicality, not theory—many Western governments and their rich, powerful backers jump to form alliances with them. Read full book review >