Search Results: "Johan Maritz"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 19, 2012

"A moderately successful attempt to make philosophy more accessible."
A progressive treatise that intends to bring philosophy to a wider audience. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT AND CALAMITOUS TALE OF JOHAN THOMS by Ian Thornton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Chaos theory as erudite fiction: a bleak yet comic odyssey exploring and expiating human frailties. Read it slowly and savor it."
Johan Thoms was born in 1894 with a remarkably large head, and by age 9 he had humiliated an irascible grandmaster in chess. When this brilliant boy left his Bosnian village for the University of Sarajevo, he made a mistake that may have precipitated World War I. Read full book review >

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Released: March 2, 2015

"Although short and somewhat awkwardly written, this volume contains some profound truths and offers a concise survey of how to attain not only inner peace, but communal harmony."
A slender self-help treatise on the aspects of humanity that contribute to a healthy, community-engaged life. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"According to the author, Lady Bonquers is still remembered in 'the international circle of pseudoscientists and mad geniuses.' Here's hoping that this tribute will expand her renown to a wider audience. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The creator of useful field guides to monsters (2007) and aliens (2010) turns his attention to an eccentric Scottish inventor's mechanical fancies. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Though no replacement for Andrew Donkins's Alien Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Alien A-Z (1999), this makes a worthy addition to our too-thin store of space-alien lore and will leave younger readers on the alert for glimpses of Clustors, Liverpudlins and other nonhuman visitors. (Fiction? 10-12)"
Concluding after years of reports and direct observations that approximately 45 percent of the world's monsters are actually aliens, Olander, author of A Field Guide to Monsters (2007), offers illustrated notes on 28 types of interstellar interloper—from the harmless Intergalactic Worrywarts of Planet Insecura and sewage-eating Sliver-Slurpers to more ominous False Santas, robotic onesie-clad Bebies and, scariest of all, Boogie-doods (aka Discos) from Planet Funk. Read full book review >

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THE DARKEST ROOM by Johan Theorin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The Swedish landscape Theorin (Echoes from the Dead, 2008) presents as if in an endless single breath is as bleak as Henning Mankell's, but a lot more eventful."
One-hundred-and-fifty years of dark doings come to a head in a Christmas Eve whiteout on the Swedish island of Öland. Read full book review >

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4 YEARS TRAPPED IN MY MIND PALACE by Johan Twiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2016

"An intriguing premise, effective voice, and entertaining writing make for a winning tale about two musicians."
In this YA novel, a paralyzed, mute teenager gets a new roommate, an elderly jazz performer, who can hear his thoughts—and take him back in time. Read full book review >

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PROGRESS by Johan Norberg
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short."
Cato Institute senior fellow Norberg (Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, 2009, etc.) surveys human history and finds "things have been getting better—overwhelmingly so." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"This book takes armchair adventurers and archaeological enthusiasts not only to the excavation, but back through Peruvian history. (chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Readers will be drawn to the story of the 1995 discovery of a female mummy of a girl who was only 14 when she died (probably in a sacrifice). Read full book review >

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FIRE AND CIVILIZATION by Johan Goudsblom
Released: March 1, 1993

"Thus the need for control is as great as ever—which is Goudsblom's final, well-made point."
An offbeat, interesting view of the rise of civilization in relation to the control of fire. Read full book review >

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The Stormwater Drains in Canberra by Paul Johan Karlsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"A frank, funny, immensely winning novel about a 'sex pioneer' exploring the hinterlands of desire."
A coming-of-age story metamorphoses into a global sexual odyssey. Read full book review >