Search Results: "Janet Asimov"


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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1987

"For the more jaded reader, it will seem offhand and superficial."
Pointers for established, novice and would-be writers by a very successful one and his wife. Read full book review >

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NORBY AND THE TERRIFIED TAXI by Janet Asimov
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Where others in the series were lighthearted and clever, this one is hokey and banal—and some parts make no sense at all. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this 11th entry in the Norby series (Norby and the Court Jester, 1991, and the others were collaborations with Isaac Asimov), cadet Jeff Wells and his amazing robot, Norby, encounter an alien device called the Connector. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 1986

"As usual, the Asimovs have crowded history, science, and a good yarn into a few short pages."
Another romp, fifth in the series, involving Norby the time-twisting robot and his human friends, Jeff, Fargo, and Albany, by sci-fi icon Asimov and his wife Janet. Read full book review >

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NORBY AND THE COURT JESTER by Janet Asimov
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"Part old-fashioned Saturday movie serial, part G&S operetta, and all preposterous: good, clean fun, and the loose ends can go into another book. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In the tenth book about Jeff Wells and his appealing little robot, Norby, the two careen through time and space yet again. Read full book review >

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THE HUMAN BODY by Isaac Asimov
Released: Feb. 28, 1963

"For those hypochondriacal theme writers who always pick some anatomical obscurity, Asimov goes from impacted wisdom teeth to ingrown toenails."
Limb by limb, organ by organ, occasionally cell by cell, Asimov describes man in terms of his chemical and structural nature. Read full book review >

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QUASAR, QUASAR, BURNING BRIGHT by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 1978

"Leave it to Asimov to supply such figures, along with familiar comparisons and ingenious analogies, which together make the revelations of science wondrous and never tedious."
Another Asimov Anthology, this one of pieces that appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Read full book review >

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MARS, THE RED PLANET by Isaac Asimov
Released: Oct. 26, 1977

"Superior."
Like Jupiter (1973) and Alpha Centauri (1976) this presents information about Mars, and how Mars was used as a reference in plotting the solar system, in a solid astronomical context. Read full book review >

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CASEBOOK OF THE BLACK WIDOWERS by Isaac Asimov
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 4, 1979

"So these are stories for a very limited audience—those with a taste for miniature game-playing, eager (but not genuinely erudite) dinner conversation, and Asimov's incorrigible verbal playfulness."
The third collection of Asimov's "Black Widowers" stories from Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine—each tale consisting of 90% talk as the yakky Widowers discuss a crime puzzle over their fancy club dinners; as Asimov admits, "the mysteries, as mysteries, can be described, discussed, and solved in about a quarter of the space I devote to each." Read full book review >

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MORE WORDS OF SCIENCE by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1972

"The mix makes no sense at all but you'll upset your circadian rhythm and cut into your rem sleep turning just one more page and then another to the final zinjanthropus and zpg."
Partly to keep up with the vocabulary explosion that has occurred since Asimov's Words of Science (1959), a sequel with the same alphabetical arrangement and rather discursive style, with no more reference or basic educational value than its predecessor but the same irresistible browsability. Read full book review >

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BUY JUPITER AND OTHER STORIES by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 1975

"Rain, Rain, Go Away' (a what's-with-the-family-next-door variant) click; most of the other 22 are pretty thin."
We are apparently destined to see the entire Asimov oeuvre recycled between hard covers in our lifetime. Read full book review >

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FANTASTIC VOYAGE II by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 1987

"It slips down easily enough but leaves no lingering impression."
Not a sequel to the original Fantastic Voyage (a 1966 movie novelization), which Asimov chooses to ignore completely; the upshot isn't too much more than a sclerotically talky retread. Read full book review >

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SATURN AND BEYOND by Isaac Asimov
Released: Feb. 13, 1979

"Just as irregularities in Uranus' orbit predicted Neptune before it was discovered, later observations of the same orbit indicate another, larger planet on beyond Pluto."
As usual in his science books, whatever the series, Asimov tells us not only what is known about his subject but also "how we found out"—and how the different measurements are calculated. Read full book review >