Search Results: "John Broderick"


BOOK REVIEW

ORANGUTAN by Colin Broderick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 29, 2009

"Engrossing, frightening and ultimately hopeful."
Broderick narrates his long, disastrous immersion in alcohol and drug abuse in this bruising but oddly entertaining memoir, limning scenes of sickening degradation with charm and humor. Read full book review >

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GODPLAYERS by Damien Broderick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2005

Multiple-universe jaunt from the author of Transcension (2001), etc. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2007

"Hard to disagree with the author's call for serious thinking about how to make scientific sense of paranormal testing results already on the books, but he too often loses the reader while pursuing secondary points."
Australian science-fiction novelist and critic Broderick (Godplayers, 2005, etc.) tries to reconcile psychic phenomena with known science. Read full book review >

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TRANSCENSION by Damien Broderick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"As he did in his exasperating but highly regarded White Abacus (1997), Broderick pushes the genre's envelope as he combines cumbersome experimental prose, windy sermons, and a brash, defiantly imaginative cyberpunk spew of ideas."
Pretentious but all-to-frequently brilliant chronicle of humanity and superintelligent machines shuffling off their tangled mortal coils. Read full book review >

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THAT'S THAT by Colin Broderick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"Surprisingly dreary, given the turbulent backdrop, Orangutan, Broderick's scathing memoir of alcoholism, had more drama."
Growing up Catholic in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE ABACUS by Damien Broderick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1997

"A yarn that's too assured of its own cleverness and significance—such as the ho-hum gender-neutral honorifics and the pronouns Broderick invents and invites us to share—but, still, impressive and thoughtful."
Arriving too late for a full review, Broderick's latest science fiction venture (Striped Holes, 1988, not reviewed, etc.) leaps two thousand years into the future where ``hu'' (humans) and ``ai'' (self-willed robots) mingle freely on Earth (and are narrated in the past tense). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 1999

"If you considered Australia too remote and sparsely populated to be science fictionally important—well, think again."
Not the first volume of Australian SF (editor Van Iken's rather indiscriminate collection arrived here in 1984) but by far the most significant: 20 substantial tales from the modern era, the majority of whose authors will be familiar to Kirkus regulars and SF-story buffs. A. Bertram Chandler (1912—84) offers an ingenious explanation for why Australian Aborigines revere Ayer's Rock. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NOISY BIRD SING-ALONG by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"For fostering nature awareness, this is a welcome companion to the author's previous titles about noisy bugs and noisy frogs. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
A say-along, sing-along invitation introduces the art of birding by ear through simple, recognizable bird songs and sounds and, mostly, familiar birds. Read full book review >

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DUCK TO THE RESCUE by John Himmelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"This well-intentioned duck has a heart of gold to go with his lead foot and ham fist—er, wing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Now that the pigs, the chickens and the cows at Greenstalk's farm have made merry mayhem (Cows to the Rescue, 2011, etc.), it's the duck's turn. Read full book review >