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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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Levinthal's children's-book debut lacks the laugh-out-loud silliness that is Margie Palatini and Richard Egielski's mashup The Web Files (2001), but this will find an audience. (Fractured fairy tales. 5-9)"
In language reminiscent of old-time-radio detective stories, Officer Binky narrates a few of his cases, which will be very familiar to young readers. Read full book review >

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INSERT COIN TO CONTINUE by John David Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The last thing video game nerds need is a reinforcement of a regressive view of women as objects instead of individuals. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A video game fanatic turns his world upside down. Read full book review >

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Astrologer's Apprentice by David John Jaegers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2016

"A good start to a series, with durable characters and fascinating theories."
A man's devotion to astrology draws in his young nephew as well as a clandestine organization wanting to use his skills to perfect horoscope interpretation in Jaegers' debut drama. Read full book review >

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FINAL SECONDS by John Lutz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1998

"22, etc.) and pseudonymous August shine in dramatizing the up-and-down power of Harper's own dubious celebrity, which makes him a target for a dozen agendas besides the bomber's."
Looking for some relief from the omnipresent headlines about Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City, and the World Trade Center plot? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2006

"An enthralling account of a trifling provocation inflated to epic proportions."
The authors of Wittgenstein's Poker (2001) once again dissect a contentious encounter between two celebrated philosophers, this time Age of Reason luminaries David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who find it impossible to reason together. Read full book review >

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THE FEAST OF FOOLS by John David Morley
Released: Jan. 20, 1995

"Beer with too much head."
British-born Morley (The Case of Thomas N., 1987) fails to put Munich on the literary map in a pretentious second novel that makes the city the heart of a heavily symbolic structure, as creaky as the scenery for Munich's famed carnival balls. 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 >