Search Results: "James Robinson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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STARMIND by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Third in the trilogy (Starseed, 1991, etc.) about the Stardancers, human-alien symbiotes who are able to live unprotected in space, and who can share a mingled consciousness as and when they wish. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2000

"An authorial feat that's a reader's feast."
Frustrated by his inability to find a one-volume reference giving reliable information on Jewish laws, prayers, holidays, rituals, life-cycle events, scripture, rabbinic commentary, mysticism, philosophy (buoyantly introduced here with the heading "Rabbis Versus Philosophers"), and recent history, veteran Kirkus reviewer Robinson has produced his own omnium-gatherum (or whatever the equivalent Hebrew term is) of all things Jewish. 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 >

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CALLAHAN’S KEY by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2000

"Okay for the fans, and is there some reason why all the question marks—just the curly bits, not the dots—have been rotated 180 degrees?"
Another outing (Callahan's Legacy, 1996, etc.) for bullet-proof bartender Jake Stonebender, his wife Zoey, their superintelligent 14-month-old, Erin, and the eponymous bar that, thanks to a vindictive licensing inspector, has been closed and shuttered for 18 months. Read full book review >