Search Results: "John Kessel"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2000

"Despite a certain fuzziness in its conclusions, a powerful collection of personal testimonies."
In the latest entry in the excellent Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life, Kessel (Director of Administration/Board of Jewish Education) talks to over 160 men and women who uncovered a family secret of identity-shaking proportions. 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 >