Search Results: "Johan Olander"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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AN EYEBALL IN MY GARDEN by Jennifer Cole Judd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"While there are chills and chuckles both among these verses, they are mild ones—an additional purchase. (Poetry. 8-12)"
The emphasis is more on funny than scary in this slim collection, though a few individual poems may give pause. 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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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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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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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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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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THE BOY IN THE SHADOWS by Carl-Johan Vallgren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2016

"Vallgren, whose previous English-language release, The Merman (2015), is an exercise in magic realism, makes a strong entry into crime fiction."
The never-solved abduction of a 7-year-old boy 40 years ago is at the heart of this tale of murder and betrayal by well-regarded Swedish novelist Vallgren. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A timely study that will help readers interpret the headlines, though it offers little comfort to those hoping for a quick solution to the present mess."
Should we feel better that the chairman of the Federal Reserve is an authority on the Great Depression? Read full book review >