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 WAYNE by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing—a definitive portrait of the man and the legend."
A comprehensive and compelling examination of The Duke. Read full book review >

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JOHN KEATS by Nicholas Roe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Roe's biography acutely displays the intensity, anguish and triumph of a great life for whom the clock was always ticking."
Roe (English/Univ. of St. Andrews; Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, 2005, etc.) delivers a tightly focused and highly useful biography of the great English Romantic. Read full book review >