Search Results: "Karl Beckstrand"


BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE SUN by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Still enormously talented work, but at this point the series needs less of Schroeder's trademark zero-gee swashbuckling and more of the astonishing and sometimes terrifying ideas behind it all."
Third entry (Queen of Candesce, 2007, etc.) in Schroeder's series—call it pirate-punk—where corsairs and would-be emperors do weightless battle from wooden-hulled airships inside a gigantic space habitat. Read full book review >

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SON OF THE ROUGH SOUTH by Karl Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2005

"The author's talents as a historian far outweigh his abilities as an autobiographer."
A long-time Newsweek journalist piggybacks his life's story onto the most important news event of his career: the turbulent drama of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Nuanced, balanced and accessible—essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of China today."
Sharply observed account of what happens, both good and bad, when a group of more than a billion people start seriously shopping. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

This vivid appreciation combines big, dramatic color photos taken in several countries over a nearly 40-year span with a lively, opinionated history that will clue readers in to both the development (and jargon) of steam railroading, and its enduring fascination. Read full book review >

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FLY! by Karl Newsom Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Toddlers will cheer this tale of exploration while simultaneously jumping to their feet to try every action, right along with Fly. (appended bug facts) (Picture book. 2-5)"
A young fly struggles to find his special talent. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

Despite lines like "the wheelhouse was alive with vibration from the wind, moaning and shrieking," this disappointing companion to Steam Locomotives: Whistling, Chugging, Smoking Iron Horses of the Past (2004) reads less like a similarly robust tale, and more like a tedious tally of names and routes. Read full book review >

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CLEFT HEART by Karl Schonborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"An often instructive memoir, particularly for anyone seeking to help a young person overcome bullying's crushing effects."
In this debut memoir, a victim of childhood bullying fights back and goes on to have a normal, happy adult life. Read full book review >

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LOCKSTEP by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"A disappointing effort that, if shorter and considerably tighter, would have sat happily on the YA shelf."
Far-future family power struggles from the talented Schroeder (Ashes of Candesce, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHAT IT IS LIKE TO GO TO WAR by Karl Marlantes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A valiant effort to explain and make peace with war's awesome consequences for human beings."
A manual for soldiers or anyone interested in what can happen to mind, body and spirit in the extreme circumstances of war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 16, 1994

"A tour of one man's life, with little action but first-rate scenery and commentary."
The first-person voice in this endearingly quirky first novel is so entertaining that it makes up for a lack of transformation on the part of the main characters. Read full book review >

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DEAR WILL by Karl Ackerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2000

"An engaging and well-rounded look at a modern man as he comes to terms with his past so he can live a more fulfilled present. (Author tour)"
The author of The Patron Saint of Unmarried Women (1994) chronicles the emotional coming of age of a 41-year-old literary agent who overcomes his fear of commitment when the love child he fathered in his 20s searches him out. Read full book review >