Search Results: "Jamey Gambrell"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SLYNX by Tatyana Tolstaya
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2003

"A densely woven, thought-provoking fantasy, and an impressive step forward for the gifted Tolstaya."
A strikingly imagined first novel (after stories: On the Golden Porch, 1989; Sleepwalker in a Fog, 1992) skillfully creates a frightening and perversely funny postnuclear world. Read full book review >

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DAY OF THE OPRICHNIK by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2011

"Acidly funny send-up of Russia's current state of affairs that challenges the status quo with embellished wit and outlandish violence."
In the near future, a member of a government-sponsored goon squad bears witness to the skewed and skewered state of Mother Russia. Read full book review >

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THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A strange, distinctly Russian diversion for readers looking for something completely different."
A country doctor holding the cure to a zombie epidemic struggles through an impossibly stubborn blizzard. Read full book review >

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ICE by Vladimir Sorokin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A page-turner with provocative implications."
Russian postmodernist Sorokin's English-language debut combines imaginative audacity and stylistic virtuosity in a work that defies categorization. Read full book review >

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TELEPHONE by Kornei Chukovsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overall, a successful translation from east to west that proves the universal appeal of silliness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Russian children and students of the Russian language are as familiar with this poem as American kids are with Dr. Seuss. Read full book review >

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WHITE WALLS by Tatyana Tolstaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"Children, old folks and the struggling in-betweens—Tolstaya sees into all their hearts. Remarkable."
Tolstaya demonstrates an impressive range in these 23 stories, most having first appeared in On the Golden Porch (1989) and Sleepwalker in a Fog (1992), together with some newer work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The dynamic action will intrigue little children, but this fable will most interest those old enough to appreciate the subtext and the powerful art. (Picture book. 3+)"
From a Russian (1905-41) who began to write for children when, in the 1930's, his avant-garde adult poetry couldn't be published (and who died a political prisoner): a deceptively simple cumulative tale about a boy whose sled runs, one by one, into a hunter, a dog, a fox, and a hare, carrying them all together until they smash into a bear. ``And since then,/I've heard it said,/Willie never/rides his sled.'' Radunsky (illustrator of Marshak's The Pup Grew Up!, 1989) profiles the action, close up in the picture plane, on a cloud of windblown snow. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER THE EDGE by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 1987

"Still: heavy hype and a strong first half ensure a sizable audience."
Kellerman's third investigation for L.A. psychologist Alex Delaware begins as a densely absorbing case-history. . .but then, like its overrated predecessors (When the Bough Breaks, Blood Test), turns into an overlong, overwrought gothic, more cheap than thoughtful. Read full book review >

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APOLLO'S OUTCASTS by Allen Steele
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Awkward prose notwithstanding, this is for anyone who's gazed longingly upward. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
Despite prose weaknesses, this space adventure with spectacular settings demonstrates that sometimes you can't keep a good plot down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE FUR by Jardine Libaire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2017

"A page-turning whirlwind steeped in pain and hope."
Two barely-20-somethings from opposite sides of the tracks fall in frantic love amid the lush grit of New York City in the 1980s in Libaire's (Here Kitty Kitty, 2004) new novel. Read full book review >