Search Results: "Jean Rabe"


BOOK REVIEW

RETURN TO QUAG KEEP by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Derivative, stale rubbish."
Unimpressive sequel to Quag Keep, the first novel based on the Dungeons & Dragons game franchise, published 27 years after the original. Read full book review >

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A PRIMITIVE HEART by David Rabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Tedious, prolix tales: Unsympathetic characters may have become a staple of the self-consciously iconoclastic story. But they sure are hard to take."
Brightened sometimes by compassion or deft psychological insight, this collection mainly induces headaches brought on by convoluted, show-off prose and plotless ambivalence. Hurlyburly playwright Rabe would do better to stick to penning plays. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2010

"A powerful statement about sex, war and identity."
The lives of an American GI and a Vietnamese prostitute briefly intersect in the early years of the Vietnam war. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"Rabe's dramatic—and perhaps, to some, ambiguous—tale shows how unremarkable people can sometimes do remarkable things, and how one evil can, sometimes, be used to fight another. (42 b&w photos, 2 maps) (First printing of 40,000)"
Diaries of a man who is justly called the Oskar Schindler of China. Read full book review >

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THE CROSSING GUARD by David Rabe
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Every subtlety in this reductive tale of the guilt-ridden versus the life-affirming is eventually spelled out; with some of the self-consciousness of a stage drama inflated to fit the scope of a movie, Rabe's novel too often reads like a bloated screenplay."
Based on the screenplay to Sean Penn's forthcoming movie, playwright Rabe's half-good second novel (Recital of the Dog, 1993) represents a new stage in film novelization: serious writers hired to expand from film scripts without the usual constraints of this normally unheralded genre. Read full book review >

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MR. WELLINGTON by David Rabe
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"Parker's final interior art not seen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Children's literature abounds with both happy and sad stories about children and their pets. Read full book review >

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HIDING MR. McMULTY by Berniece Rabe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The story is inflated, though, by extraneous characters and dangling subplots; these more than once pull the main plot dishearteningly off course, until only fans of the first book will feel the need to finish this one. (Fiction. 10- 12)"
When a flood destroys Rass's house and kills his father's mules, their landlord, Nert, forces them into sharecropping; they move into Mr. McMulty's cabin, turning the old black man out. Mr. McMulty, whom Rass considers his best friend, takes revenge on Nert by killing his prize calf. Read full book review >

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RECITAL OF THE DOG by David Rabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Rabe has kept specifics to a minimum to highlight the psychic drama of a partially liberated id in free fall—yet his clotted, self-indulgent prose renders that drama nonexistent."
Few contemporary dramatists have dealt with violence, physical and psychological, more impressively than Rabe (Sticks and Stones, Hurlyburly, etc.); sadly, that skill has not crossed the footlights to whip his first novel (a study of creative/destructive impulses) into shape. Read full book review >

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FIVE LITTLE BUNNIES by Tish Rabe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An acceptable and sturdy addition to the Easter basket for baby bunnies deemed too young to handle Dorothy Kunhardt's more satisfying but fragile classic, Pat the Bunny. (Board book. 1-3)"
Following on the successful Five Little Pumpkins (2003), Yaccarino teams with Rabe for bunnies. Read full book review >

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LOVE YOU, HUG YOU, READ TO YOU by Tish Rabe

"A board book both babies and parents will enjoy, though it's not quite original enough to be memorable."
This sweet, simple board book promises the tiniest audiences constant, enduring love. Read full book review >

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MAGIC COMES IN ITS TIME by Berniece Rabe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Still, the interaction of the boys is healthy and believable, the outcome is heartwarming, and Ben-Ami's sensitive b&w illustrations—whether of second-graders or of storks—are especially affecting. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
Returning to the Germany of his birth with his adoptive parents (Dad's a US Army doctor), Jonathan makes the mistake of confiding a beloved family story to his new class. Read full book review >

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TEN LITTLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Jean Marzollo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers and librarians will find this a good fit for story hours about counting or Christmas presents, although its trim size limits its use to smaller audiences. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Marzollo, the author of the clever rhymes in the I Spy series, offers a reverse counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >