Search Results: "James Vance"


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WHITE-OUT by James Vance Marshall
Released: Dec. 11, 2000

"Marshall (Walkabout, 1984, a YA) gives us an unconventional hero—likable and admirable, if a shade remote. Still, if you're an environmentalist or, at the very least, a sympathizer, this is a book for you."
Both stirring and touching, a novel about surviving a gamut of ordeals. Read full book review >

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STORIES FROM THE BILLABONG by James Vance Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"A welcome and important addition to folklore collections. (Folklore. 7-11)"
With the permission of Aboriginal storytellers hoping to keep their myths and legends alive, the reteller, most famous for his book Walkabout (1959), has created a collection of ten stories accompanied by information about the flora, fauna and land formations mentioned. Read full book review >

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ON THE ROPES by James Vance
Released: March 11, 2013

"The old world isn't coming back, but at least one more volume of this series appears inevitable."
An oft-praised graphic novel of the Depression era belatedly spawns a sequel. Read full book review >

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IDENTITY by Steve Vance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

The serial killings perpetrated by sociopath Calvin Bryant ranked high on the FBI's Most Grisly list until Special Agent Russell Montgomery put an end to them. Read full book review >

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THE FIVE GOLD BANDS by Jack Vance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1993

"Entertaining but by no means essential."
The first hardback edition of Vance's 1950 short novel—a space opera wherein picaresque adventurer Paddy Blackthorne and his Earth cop-sidekick Fay Bursill team up to search for an important secret (how to manufacture a space drive) that, for safekeeping, has been divided into five parts and concealed at different locations. Read full book review >

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LURULU by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Languorous, occasionally repetitive—but this is quintessential Vance: rich, eccentric, nourished from roots deep in the human psyche."
Belated sequel or, better, the missing last section of Ports of Call (1998), a picaresque travel-adventure from the master storyteller and stylist. Read full book review >

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SILVER by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"A quick read with some interesting fantasy elements, but the passive heroine and sometimes-confusing worldbuilding disappoint. (Fantasy. 13-16)"
Brianna Paxton has always suspected she is invisible to boys. Read full book review >

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BEHIND THE CANVAS by Alexander Vance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Plenty of vivid, painterly action scenes carry the day. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Claudia Miravista, a lonely sixth-grader who loves creating and viewing artwork, becomes involved in an unusual task: rescuing a boy named Pim from a mysterious land behind the world's art canvases. Read full book review >

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NIGHT LAMP by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Storyteller Vance is in top form here: the result is uneven in places, perhaps, but always astonishing and enthralling."
Another adventure/drama set in Vance's inimitable far-future Gaean Reach (Throy, 1993, etc.), encompassing thousands of inhabited planets. Read full book review >

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SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 11, 2013

"Fun and tightly plotted, if a bit formulaic. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
A young woman who assists with her dad's private-investigation business is drawn to a stormy newcomer in this mystery that features glimmers of Austen's revered tale. Read full book review >

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THE DEMON PRINCES, VOL. I by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Sublime examples of the master storyteller's art."
The first three books (originally published in 196467) of Vance's superb space opera series (the subject of an October 15, 1995, Kirkus editorial), presenting the related yet independent novels The Star King, The Killing Machine, and The Palace of Love. Read full book review >

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ECCE AND OLD EARTH by Jack Vance
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The appearance of any Vance—for wit, inventiveness, and the inimitable prose style—is a welcome treat; and this, while not his finest work (he appears to be coasting rather than driving), is no exception."
The second of Vance's far-future Cadwal Chronicles (Araminta Station—not reviewed) continues the struggle for control of Cadwal—a planet of great beauty and remarkable lifeforms—as hero Glawen Clattuc and his fellow Conservators attempt to foil the conspiracies of the venal Simonetta and her rapacious allies. Read full book review >