Search Results: "John Varley"


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MAMMOTH by John Varley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2005

"Sometimes amusing and informative but more often barely tepid, with stock characters, a contrived mess of a plot and ideas that refuse to delve beneath the superficial."
From the author of Steel Beach (1992), etc., a yarn about time travel and—well, you guessed it. Read full book review >

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STEEL BEACH by John Varley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1992

"Once a prodigious talent, Varley has subsided into an overblown, obfuscatory mode that will disappoint all but his most ardent fans."
Imitative 23rd-century lunar ruling-computer-goes-mad yarn from the author of, most recently, Blue Champagne (1986). Read full book review >

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RED LIGHTNING by John Varley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2006

"Much more than a simple adventure story, full of poignant moments and relevant social commentary."
A highly satisfying sequel to Red Thunder (2004). Read full book review >

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A COMPANY OF THREE by Varley O’Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2003

"Despite the soap-opera finish at hospital bedside, a cozy story of three likable artists on the up and up."
An engaging second from actress O'Connor (Like China, 1990) is a roman á clef about the mercurial careers and emotional histrionics of three inseparable New York actors in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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LIKE CHINA by Varley O’Connor
Released: Feb. 19, 1990

A double portrait of the victims of two dysfunctional families: prematurely aged 25-year-old ex-model Katha Pinnell, trapped in an abusive marriage, and barely teenaged Peter Kramer, left on his own with his two older brothers when their shiftless father takes off. Read full book review >

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THE MASTER'S MUSE by Varley O’Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"Thoughtful, tender and quite gripping, even for readers unfamiliar with the historical events the author sensitively reimagines."
A fictional portrait of ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq's struggle with polio—and George Balanchine. Read full book review >

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LOVELY OLD LION by Julia Jarman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A supportive, honest, and needed explanation of Alzheimer's-type illnesses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What happens when Grandpa can't remember? Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN SMALL PIG by Martin Waddell
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"This is an affectionate nod to friendship between ages (and types). (Picture book. 4-7)"
Old Goat (comfortably amiable), Turkey (a bit of a gloomy Gus) and Small Pig (enthusiasm incarnate) find a red boat and go rowing on Blue Lake. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A TEDDY BEAR by Jeanne Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Varley's pen-and-wash art has teddy's essential qualities: homey, disheveled, and warm. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fairies are responsible, so this story of a boy who thought he was a teddy bear qualifies as a fairy tale—and a very charming one indeed. Read full book review >

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LOLLOPY by Joyce Dunbar
by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Susan Varley
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1992

"Varley's pen-and- watercolor illustrations are a gentle and expressive match for the graceful, economical text. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An appealing story with a plot that's sort of a cross between The Velveteen Rabbit and Blueberries for Sal: Since she's not supposed to go into the woods alone, Sophie takes her toy bunny (Lollopy) with her, but forgets him while she's picking bluebells. Read full book review >

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TWO SHY PANDAS by Julia Jarman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Sweet tonic for skittish young listeners. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When little ones are very timid, it can take some time to form a friendship. Read full book review >

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WHY IS THE SKY BLUE? by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"A wry and gentle book of friendship and discovery. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Old and young meet for an exchange of life's lessons in this latest offering from Grindley (The Big Crocodile Book, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >