Search Results: "John David Geib"


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Beyond Beliefs by John David Geib
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2013

"A thought-provoking theological work that will provide even skeptics with a compelling intellectual argument."
A search for permanent meaning in a world where modernity can potentially obscure reality. Read full book review >

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THE DUNGEONEERS by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 23, 2015

"Readers may well feel that the wait in between battles and heists feels a little too much like school. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Even a school for rogues is, at its core, a school. Read full book review >

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SIDEKICKED by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"In the end, the tale is so heartbreaking that it's the perfect training manual for superheroes everywhere. And that means all of us. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Comic-book fans like to talk about how much they hate sidekicks. No one dreams about being Robin. They want to grow up to be Batman. But it turns out that a sidekick is the perfect metaphor for adolescence. Read full book review >

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LET'S HAVE A TREE PARTY! by David Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Not to be a party pooper, but this bash requires too much extra work from the reader to make it a success. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Grandpa Crow is having a party, and the whole forest is invited, throughout the day and night. Read full book review >

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STANDARD HERO BEHAVIOR by John David Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2007

"Take this Easy Quiz and Find Out') and inept but promising verse, Anderson dishes up a debut that's in the same vein as Gerald Morris's Arthurian tales, though less polished. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A light tone overlays serious undercurrents in this leisurely but entertaining fantasy. Read full book review >

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RIDICULOUS RHYMES FROM A TO Z by John Walker
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Once the ABCs are mastered, the book will inspire vocabulary-building; it may be debatable just how often Xerxes, mukluks, and katydids will be deployed by toddlers, but there's no arguing that the book is sheer good fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The alphabet gets a good going-over, with each letter showcased in eight illustrated panels; the flurry of words set to rhyme are heavily weighted toward nonsense: ``Beginning with B/is a bookful of words/like bald-headed barbers/and blue barking birds.'' The emphasis in Walker's first book is on having grand old time: ``A meeting of mumbling men,/they meet each month of May./Their members murmur messages,/but who knows what they say.'' The nutty poems really fly when paired with Catrow's witty illustrations. Read full book review >

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All That Is (and All That Will Ever Be) by David John Black
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Economical entreaty to the mighty wisdom of the 'Eternal Now.'"
A pocketful of daily miracles to contemplate on the go. Read full book review >

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Truth That Will Set You Free by John David Haffenden
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"A thorough study of prophecy narrowly construed for a fairly thin audience of faithful."
A systematic analysis and exhortation of the prophecies found in the King James Bible, particularly the New Testament. Read full book review >

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THE ANATOMY LESSON by John David Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1995

"Haunting and evocative: a work of intense feeling and masterful restraint."
Morley (The Feast of Fools, Jan. 1995, etc.) takes us on an evening's ramble through the dim Amsterdam backstreetsa ramble leading slowly up to the revelation of a troubled family's unhappy historyin this quietly powerful work. Read full book review >

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ASTROLOGER'S PROOF by David John Jaegers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2017

"A wealth of white-hat hacking gives this enjoyable sequel a boost."
A group's noble effort to validate astrology entails the rather illegal procurement of millions of people's private information in this second installment of a series. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2001

"An intellectual rhubarb that provides good academic gossip, but never reveals satisfying depths."
An amusing anecdote about a clash between philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper gets stretched into a book that delivers biographical detail but little philosophical meat. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH SEVEN NAMES by Hyeonseo Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 7, 2015

"Remarkable bravery fluently recounted."
The ably reconstructed story of the author's convoluted escape from North Korea, detailing the hardships of life there and the serendipity of flight. Read full book review >