Search Results: "Jonathan Swift"


BOOK REVIEW

GULLIVER IN LILLIPUT by Jonathan Swift
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2011

"Fix that, and the developers will have an app worthy of repeat visits. (iPad storybook/game app. 6-9) "
Younger video gamers will feel right at home in this abridged rendition's elaborately animated environment. Read full book review >

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GULLIVER'S TRAVELS by Jonathan Swift
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 10, 1992

"Swift's ax-grinding can be indigestible in large doses; like other abridged classics from this publisher and illustrator, a palatable, well-blended appetizer. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Swift's account of Gulliver's captivity in Lilliput and Brobdingnag is considerably shortened and rephrased here, but Riordan expertly preserves the flavor of the original: upon reaching the temple where he is to stay, the intrepid traveler shamefacedly relieves himself before the tiny multitudes (though the more famous scene where he similarly puts out a palace fire is absent); later, he survives plenty of harrowing adventures, admiringly describing the societies in which he's stranded while taking subtle pokes (and not-so-subtle—``Englishmen are the nastiest race of odious little vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth,'' says the king of Brobdingnag) at his own, and at fashion and politics in general. Read full book review >

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GULLIVER'S ADVENTURES IN LILLIPUT by Jonathan Swift
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"A richly comic teaser for Riordan's earthier adaptation (Gulliver's Travels, 1992) or even the timeless original. (Picture book. 9-12)"
A tastefully abridged version of Gulliver's first adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD COMPANY by Virginia Swift
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 2002

"Despite all the activity, this sophomore effort is a tad heavy-handed, with too many dysfunctional relatives, too much kissy-kissy between Hawk and Sally, and a final twist that doesn't quite ring true."
Trashy Monette Bandy, who dropped her panties for any man, no matter how mean or ugly, seems to have dropped them once too often. Read full book review >

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WISH YOU WERE HERE by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2012

"Profound empathy and understated eloquence mark a novel so artfully nuanced that the last few pages send the reader back to the first few, with fresh understanding."
A novel as contemporary as international terrorism and the war in Iraq and as timeless as mortality, from one of Britain's literary masters. Read full book review >

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AUTO BIOGRAPHY by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A big, weird, heartfelt book about a badass who could give a damn whether you root for him or not."
In a compassionate yet never overly nostalgic nonfiction portrait of two behemoths from another age, Virginian-Pilot reporter Swift (The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways, 2011, etc.) offers a startling portrayal of a violent entrepreneurial misfit. Read full book review >

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EVER AFTER by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1992

"Unwin's losses are ranged around, but so are the bravery of his questioning memory and the fidelity of his love."
This time out, Swift (Out of This World, Waterland, Learning to Swim, etc.) at first seems to be reworking a fictional convention that's becoming tired from overuse: the writer—or, as here, the Oxford academic—who finds himself in possession of an old manuscript whose revelations dovetail with the perturbations of the modern interpreter. Read full book review >

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THE NEWMAN RESIDENT by Charles Swift
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 2014

"Why can't all thrillers be this satisfying?"
Swift's bracing debut thriller envisions a New York where career-minded parents allow fascist institutions to raise their children. Read full book review >

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FASHION VICTIM by Sue Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2011

"A heavy load of romance keeps the suspense secondary and limits the potential audience for an otherwise fun book."
Fashion rules and business is troublesome, but sex is key to the spunky heroine of this romantic suspense. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"An unusual tale of war and remembrance, with particular appeal—but perhaps disturbing undertones—for Vietnam and air-combat buffs."
Solidly detailed amalgam of military history and contemporary archaeology, tracing American attempts to recover fallen soldiers. Read full book review >

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TOMORROW by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"A richly satisfying novel of blood ties, the interplay of nature and nurture and the secrets that even the closest families keep from each other."
A marvelous character study with minimal plot. Read full book review >

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LAST ORDERS by Graham Swift
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 1996

"Without affectation, Swift listens closely to the lives that are his subject and creates a songbook of voices part lyric, part epic, part working-class social realism—with, in all, the ring to it of the honest, human, and true."
Britisher Swift's sixth novel (Ever After, 1992 etc.) and fourth to appear here is a slow-to-start but then captivating tale of English working-class families in the four decades following WW II. Read full book review >