Search Results: "Joy Sterling"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Touted by the publisher as a successor to Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence, Sterling's tale merely proves that charm, like wine, often doesn't travel well. (Ten watercolors)"
Rambling, sometimes rankling account of a year spent producing, promoting, and peddling the wines of the noted Iron Horse Vineyards in California's Sonoma Valley. Read full book review >

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HICCUPS! by Holly Sterling
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2016

"No one ever enjoys this particular affliction, and it's certainly not a new literary device, but young listeners will still gleefully 'Hic! Hic!' hiccup along. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A little girl is determined to cure her dog's hiccups. Read full book review >

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FOOD by Sterling Publishing
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"As word books go, this set offers nothing new, but the presentation is simple and attractive. (Board book. 1-3)"
Colorful photos introduce babies and toddlers to some everyday foods and clothing in this set of board books. Read full book review >

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BALLET by Sterling Publishing
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A decent starter for aspiring ballerinas and danseurs. (Board book. 1-3)"
Little readers explore the world of ballet. Read full book review >

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COOKIE CUTTER by Sterling Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Regardless of skin color, it's a blackhearted bunch."
An unsavory debut thriller about a racist who hates whites and kills blacks. Read full book review >

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True Born by L.E. Sterling
Released: May 3, 2016

"A sometimes-riveting sci-fi series opener featuring multidimensional characters and an exciting, if violent, climax."
A dystopian YA novel in which sheltered twins realize that their world's problems are more personal than they ever imagined. Read full book review >

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HOLY FIRE by Bruce Sterling
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Some flashes of wit and some good ideas here and there, though nothing that Sterling hasn't touched on before, but the overall mood's difficult to evaluate: Intended maybe as a sly, wry joke, it's turned out merely earnest, ponderous, and elaborate."
Cyberpunk guru Sterling's latest (Heavy Weather, 1994, etc.) is set in a 2095 whose pervasive but light-handed government allows everyone to do mostly as he or she pleases—food, shelter, education, health, and transportation are free—although we're given no indication of how this situation came to be, or how it all works. ``Post-humans''—ancient people rejuvenated by advanced techniques—pretty much run things; religious inspiration has been reduced to the effects of specific drugs; and it's illegal to feed vegetables to kids—in California anyway. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DISTRACTION by Bruce Sterling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1998

"After his ponderous Holy Fire (1996), Sterling, our former cyberpunk Svengali, is back with a bang with this uproarious, provocative, thoughtful, often hilarious, sometimes inspired medium-future deconstruction of politics, science, economics, and the American Dream."
In 2044, following the collapse of the information economy, America is run by permanent "Emergency committees": the government is so broke it can't afford to pay people in the Armed Forces, who put up road blocks in order to shake down travelers; a new Cold War is under way (against the Dutch); Anglos are a distrusted minority; privacy no longer exists (even banknotes are bugged); and cities are privately owned, outside of which nomad nation-gangs roam, building laptops out of grass. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"A serviceable biography adding to the lore of a difficult period of growth in US history. (Photographs—not seen.)"
From Sterling (ed., We Are Your Sisters, 1983), a full-scale biography that reveals the pioneering spirit of an early feminist and abolitionist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Meticulous and well researched: a solid tribute to black culture in America that might well ignite sparks of interest in a new generation of historians and artists."
An impressive array of 14 essays (most reprinted from scholarly journals) on aspects of African-Americanism, ranging in theme from black nationalism to the writings of Herman Melville— and spanning a quarter-century of the author's impressive career (History and Religious Studies/UC Riverside; Slave Culture, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

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SWEET DREAM BABY by Sterling Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2002

"A southern boy's fantasy of coming of age under the guidance of his languorous older aunt could make this a sneaky sleeper."
Watson (Deadly Sweet, 1994, etc.) serves up a nicely packed if sentimental and ultimately melodramatic teenage romp-turned-violent in an Eisenhower-era Florida town. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"An enjoyable, informative, and (as the first mainstream treatment of the subject) potentially important book; though occasionally obtrusive, Sterling is a fine and knowledgeable guide to this strange new world."
Thoroughly researched, this account of the government's crackdown on the nebulous but growing computer-underground provides a thoughtful report on the laws and rights being defined on the virtual frontier of cyberspace. Read full book review >