Search Results: "John Birmingham"


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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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FEET OF CLAY by Ruth Birmingham
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2006

"The plot is so familiar it creaks, but Sunny's sixth (Cold Trail, 2002, etc.) is written with great style and energy. What a savvy charmer she is."
An Atlanta private eye and her flaky cousin work against the clock and a network of good ol' boys to overturn a wrongful conviction. Read full book review >

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CARRIAGE TRADE by Stephen Birmingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"The author's following—carriage-to-subway trade—is a given."
Latest in Birmingham's infatuations with other peoples' lives (Shades of Fortune, 1989, etc.)—here in another of his popular tales of Manhattan mensch on the move, with shaky pasts and glittery presents, their women and their well-kept secrets. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE EAST END by Maisie Birmingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Uniformly uncharismatic characters—plus a heroine who remains a polite, intelligent enigma—don't help a story in which a colorful local backdrop and a graceful writing style are the most visible assets."
A debut novel set in London's East End—in a tattered, multi national neighborhood where the live-in social workers of Spitalfields Residential Settlement do their dedicated best to help the locals with their problems. Read full book review >

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SHADES OF FORTUNE by Stephen Birmingham
Released: May 12, 1989

Birmingham's back, and in snappy, top form, at once satisfying the pop-fiction reader's taste for life-styles of the opulent and treacherous, and craftily sending them up. Read full book review >

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THE WRONG KIND OF MONEY by Stephen Birmingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Dark doings in Manhattan castles, done with juicy excess: Titillating pop that reads like a dream."
Another mesh of family messes set firmly in Birmingham's (Carriage Trade, 1993, etc.) undisputed fief—the glitter of wealth and acidulous class conflict among an insulated enclave of Jewish Manhattanites, either of the self-proclaimed ``right sort,'' or those who moved on up despite an inelegant background. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2014

"Superb cultural history, pulling together many strands of literary, judicial and societal developments into a smoothly woven narrative fabric."
Modernism's "battle against an obsolete civilization," encapsulated in the struggle to publish one taboo-shattering masterpiece. Read full book review >