Search Results: "John O. Koehler"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Sometimes a little breathless, but a detailed and comprehensive insight into one of the most chilling and the most thorough secret police forces in history. (b&w photos, not seen)"
There has never been a secret police more fanatically intent on finding out what was going on than the Stasi, East Germany's secret police force. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Glib and entertaining."
Despite its catchy title, there's nothing intimate about this account, nor is it a history of the orgasm, but rather a superficial look at human sexual attitudes and behaviors over time and place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 29, 2009

"The heavy reliance on official documents imparts little human drama and undermines the intrigue the author often overplays."
Investigation into the Cold War attempts by Soviet and East European Communist powers to infiltrate the Vatican and disrupt its populist influence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O by Anonymous
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"So who's Anonymous? Who cares? O is a worthy read, no matter who the author."
A gossipy, entertaining novel about presidential politics—and if this roman à clef got any more clef, it'd have to be printed on newsprint. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Still, this makes an engrossing survival tale, and provides unusual insight into Muir's character. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
A dramatic retelling of an episode from renowned naturalist Muir's memoirs, set to equally dramatic, if somewhat jumbled illustrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O JERUSALEM by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1999

"A bit thin as to plot—and sedate as to pace—but Holmes gets to strut his stuff now and again so fans of the series aren—t likely to complain."
Feisty Mary Russell and frosty Sherlock Holmes in a fifth adventure (The Moor, 1998, etc.)—this one retroactive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O CALEDONIA by Elspeth Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"But, still, this is an interesting debut, with some beautifully lyrical evocations of place and emotion."
A first novel of Brontâan intensity and Gothic nastiness from British writer Barker, who, in telling the story of an irrevocably doomed young woman, indicts Scottish life as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O JERUSALEM by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Otherwise, this is an uplifting companion to Karla Kuskin's Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987). (Poetry. 9-13)"
In honor of Jerusalem's upcoming 3000th anniversary, Yolen (Here There Be Witches, 1995, etc.) offers a series of poetic meditations on its history, people, and symbolic meaning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O BEAUTIFUL by Jesse Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"A sitcom posing as a novel about a person who is hardly there."
A very thin first novel-of-manners with some tepid social satire—all about an overrefined homosexual on the fringes of the theater world who falls in love and rooms with a man who's straight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY-O by Nancy White Carlstrom
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Bursting with tropical color and good cheer, a fine choice for interactive sharing. (Picture book. 2-7)"
``New cloth soaking in the big tin tub...Wash and rub./ Wusha Wusha...Sing a song of Mama-O,/ Sing it soft, now, sing it slow...'' In a joyfully swinging chant, the members of a busy Caribbean family are introduced, while Stevenson's deftly scribbled lines evoke their lively movements and the lush setting. Read full book review >