Search Results: "John Shirley"


BOOK REVIEW

CRAWLERS by John Shirley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Robotic nanocells!! Taking over!! Definitely bad news."
Really, really, really, really gruesome and Shirleyesque. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM HELL by John Shirley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"There's some audience that sucks on his lollipops of pain?"
Laughably overpriced wacko novel that is the Plan Nine from Outer Space of horror titles and deserves burial under a mound of manure. Read full book review >

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SILICON EMBRACE by John Shirley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The drawback is that Shirley's more concerned with putting across his own private theology than getting the narrative details to mesh."
A sort of companion volume to Shirley's fine alien-contact yarn, A Splendid Chaos (1988), with many of the ideas recurring or undergoing redevelopment. Read full book review >

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DEMONS by John Shirley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"Masterful, amusing, and sent from Mars."
Kirkus panned Shirley's Boschian The View from Hell as "Without question the worst book of the year" (2001), and Shirley charged us with missing the human side of his hellscape in a novel that remains the year's grisliest lurid fiction. Read full book review >

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WETBONES by John Shirley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"The queasies'll getcha if you don't watch out!"
G-R-R-I-S-L-Y...by the author of A Splendid Chaos (1988). Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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ALFIE'S 1-2-3 by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"Fans of Alfie will savor this newest adventure while the uninitiated will quickly discover why this series has such enduring popularity with children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose are back, this time introducing the numbers one through ten in a playful approach to counting. Read full book review >

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STORIES BY FIRELIGHT by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As welcome as a cozy blaze on a raw winter day. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-10)"
Another beguiling thematic collection: poems; stories— including a story-within-a-story in which a child convalescing with her mother's artist friend Morag explores a rocky coast, gets on quietly with her own drawing while Morag works, and enjoys Morag's tale of a selkie wife; a wordless ``Midwinter Night's Dream'' in which a young somnambulist sees all kinds of benign fantastical creatures lurking around his home; three fine Christmas entries, notably a British barmaid's harried response to ``A couple requiring a meal and a bed'' (``It's the wrong time of year, as I've already said;/I'd help if I could, with her in that state,/But I'm rushed off my feet and we're so understaffed...''). Read full book review >

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DAISY SAVES THE DAY by Shirley  Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"An impressive and delightful combination of visual and verbal storytelling evokes empathy and identification with the young heroine. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A girl's time "in service" in a London house offers young readers a glimpse of life below-stairs in 1911. Read full book review >

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BOBBO GOES TO SCHOOL by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"Another satisfying domestic drama from veteran author Hughes, this will please old fans and make new ones. (Picture book. 3 to 6)"
The plot is a familiar one: A young child and her favorite stuffed friend are separated and then joyously reunited. Read full book review >