Search Results: "John Birmingham"


BOOK REVIEW

BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY by Larry Dane Brimner
FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2010

"A standout book for its thorough research and comprehensive look at the incident that led to the 1964 passage of civil-rights legislation. (further reading, author's note, source notes, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Brimner focuses on the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and successfully illuminates in chronological order the events, social tensions and political reverberations of that terror-filled time. Read full book review >

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LEAVING BIRMINGHAM by Paul Hemphill
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"A moving record of a painful personal journey toward acceptance of a deeply flawed parent and place. (Sixteen b&w photos)"
Timed for the 30th anniversary of Birmingham's infamous summer of racial violence: a memoir from Birmingham native son Hemphill that's as much about two men—his father and himself—as about the mind-set of a particular city. Read full book review >

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BIRMINGHAM, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"It's a gorgeous memorial to the four killed on that horrible day, and to the thousands of children who braved violence to help change the world. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Exquisitely understated design lends visual potency to a searing poetic evocation of the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. Read full book review >

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FINAL IMPACT by John Birmingham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"Most disappointing of all, there is virtually no development of the trilogy's most noteworthy theme: the culture clash between the segregated, buttoned-up, all-male 1940s and the multiethnic, male-female, utterly ruthless 2021."
Last entry in Birmingham's alternate WWII trilogy (Designated Targets, 2005, etc.), wherein a multinational navy flotilla from 2021 is hurled back in time to 1942—right into the thick of the Battle of Midway. Read full book review >

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DESIGNATED TARGETS by John Birmingham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"A few fresh angles can't compensate for the pedestrian action, mediocre characters and emphasis on gee-whiz weaponry, exploding bodies and knee-deep gore."
Second of a projected trilogy, following Weapons of Choice (2004), wherein Birmingham tackles that hoary science-fiction trope, an alternate WWII history. Read full book review >

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WEAPONS OF CHOICE by John Birmingham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2004

"Long on gosh-wow and extreme violence, though few of the characters are compelling enough for the reader to care."
A naval task force in the future time-travels back to 1942 in this first of a SF trilogy. Read full book review >

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ANGELS OF VENGEANCE by John Birmingham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 10, 2012

"Dull characters, bland dialogue and thin plotting make for a weak final installment of the trilogy, which Birmingham closes by awkwardly setting up a potential sequel. No thanks."
The final novel in Birmingham's post-apocalyptic trilogy (After America, 2010, etc.) doesn't wrap up the story so much as coast to a stop, with a frustrating amount of padding before the disappointing climax. Read full book review >

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WITHOUT WARNING by John Birmingham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2009

"Narrated with crisp, fluid expertise, Birmingham's ultrabloody and violent yarn exerts a dreadful, morbid fascination. Three volumes of this should satisfy the most avid cravings."
Birmingham (Final Impact, 2007, etc.) begins a new apocalyptic science-fiction trilogy. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Curtis tries to shoehorn in more characters and subplots than the story will comfortably bear—as do many first novelists—but he creates a well-knit family and a narrator with a distinct, believable voice. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Curtis debuts with a ten-year-old's lively account of his teenaged brother's ups and downs. Read full book review >

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JOHN PRINE by Eddie Huffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2015

"It's difficult for Huffman to establish much stylistic continuity when he relies so heavily on quotes from other journalists, but the unlikely success of the reluctant performer makes for fascinating reading."
A guide to the troubadour's career lacks access to the artist himself but benefits from a subject who is as intriguing as his songs. Read full book review >