Search Results: "James Robinson"


BOOK REVIEW

INVENTIONS by James Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"Treatments are too brief to explain how stuff works, and there is no clear timeline, but the appealing graphics and the inclusion of iPods, computer games and other high-tech gadgets will attract young browsers. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
A slim, colorful overview of inventions in communications, photography, music and transportation, with an even briefer look at future technologies in medicine, genetic engineering, robotics and nanotechnology. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2012

"For economics and political-science students, surely, but also for the general reader who will appreciate how gracefully the authors wear their erudition."
Following up on their earlier collaboration (Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, 2005), two scholars examine why some nations thrive and others don't. Read full book review >

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WHAT ANIMALS REALLY LIKE by Fiona Robinson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth's exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava! (Picture book. 4-8)"
World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, "What Animals Like Most." Read full book review >

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STARSEED by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, Stardance fans will want to investigate."
Sequel to Stardance, the Robinsons' combination of dance, aliens, and politics in orbit above 21st-century Earth. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Good, goofy fun. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
While heading by train to Whiska City to chase her dream of becoming a detective, Jenny the donkey meets a menagerie of new friends who will make perfect partners in her new venture. Read full book review >

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PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. Read full book review >

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BROKEN PROMISES by Anitha Robinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"A middle volume only thinly held together by overdone alien tropes. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kalli loses faith in Ellis and fights to free the girls housing the embryos of his dying alien species. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2004

"Indifferently written, but full of sharp observations on modern Cuba—for policymakers and travelers alike."
An African-American journalist travels through Cuba, returning with news that, while the glory days of socialism are gone, Castro and company are very much in charge. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE by Kevin Robinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"More readers will be put off, though, by the mean-spirited sallies among Sam, Stick, and his ever-so idiosyncratic chums."
Wheelchair-bound paraplegic Stick Foster, an Orlando, Florida, reporter, attends a fancy shindig at the law firm his wife Sam (another ``para'') works for when the senior partner drops dead. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A smart, tightly focused character study, by turns skeptical and generous as either is called for, of a woman worth the effort to know."
As she's portrayed here, the versatile and charismatic Mary Seacole may have been a top self-promoter, but she was also a comforter and healer of the sick and wounded, on a par with Florence Nightingale. Read full book review >

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PLAN Z BY LESLIE KOVE by Betsy Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"A standard tale that features a particularly irritating adolescent narrator. The Curse of Holden Caulfield strikes again."
A trip back in time to the 1970s and all, supposedly, that was groovy. Read full book review >

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ELECTRICITY by Ray Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"She's a survivor like no other, and the mixed pleasure of inhabiting her jagged psyche is the best reason for reading this daring tightrope-walk of a novel."
A vividly portrayed, most unconventional protagonist dominates this punchy first novel from an award-winning British short-story writer. Read full book review >