Search Results: "John Kessel"


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THE MOON AND THE OTHER by John Kessel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"This is a fun diversion for sci-fi fans even if it doesn't quite manage to make any profound statements on gender or political oppression."
A political and family drama set in two very different colonies on the moon—one patriarchal, one matriarchal. Read full book review >

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THE PURE PRODUCT by John Kessel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"No matter what the merits of Kessel's material, this sort of lazy and indifferent publishing does everybody a disservice."
Fifteen reprinted stories, 198096, one new tale, two poems, and a play that's blurbed as ``award-winning,'' even though it's listed as original to this collection. Read full book review >

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CORRUPTING DR. NICE by John Kessel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Riotous, mordant satire, though Kessel's fascinating time- travel scenario creates as many problems as it solves: highly impressive, then, if not particularly involving."
What if, Kessel (Good News from Outer Space, 1989; Meeting in Infinity, stories, 1992) wonders, time were quantized, or came in discrete instants, each separate from all others, so that each ``moment universe'' could be visited and changed—without affecting succeeding instants? Read full book review >

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MEETING IN INFINITY by John Kessel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 1992

"Of course the converse is true, too."
Fourteen speculative stories, 1981-92, from the author of Good News from Outer Space, (1989), with the emphasis on allegory and unlikely juxtapositions rather than ideas or invention. Read full book review >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. 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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REWIRED by James Patrick Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"Much ado, little going on."
Cyberpunk is dead. Long live post-cyberpunk! The editors attempt to foment, or at least describe, a new revolution, in contrast with classic 1980s cyberpunk as exemplified by Bruce Sterling's innovative anthology Mirrorshades. Read full book review >

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NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2012 by James Patrick Kelly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2012

"Not a banner year, all things considered, with greatest likely appeal to the younger section of the audience (but is it the audience that's getting younger, or the writers, or the voters?), and too often pallid, especially—perhaps unfairly—contrasted with a true heavyweight champion like Tiptree."
The 2010 Nebula Award winners, as voted in 2011 by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (after a preliminary sieving), finally served up in 2012. Read full book review >

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JOHN TANA by Bill Fernandez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2017

"For the setting and era alone, this ripping adventure yarn offers sufficient rewards."
Set in 19th-century Hawaii, a historical novel stars a handsome young hero. Read full book review >

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KING JOHN by Stephen Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Church sticks close to the evidence, almost all government records and surviving chronicles devoted to the deeds of great men. The result is not a page-turner but an insightful, likely definitive, biography."
Reigning from 1199 to 1216, King John's villainy remains a mainstay of popular media. Church (Medieval History/Univ. of East Anglia; The Household Knights of King John, 1999) does not downplay his defects in this scholarly but readable biography.Read full book review >

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JOHN CHEEVER by John Cheever
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Attention must be paid, and glasses should be raised in tribute and gratitude to it."
Despite the early acceptance of John Cheever (1912-82) as a writer of short stories for prestigious magazines (the New Republic, the New Yorker), he struggled for decades to support a growing family and earn critical respect (both of these goals were realized, in spades, in his later years). Read full book review >