Search Results: "Karl Beckstrand"


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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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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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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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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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DEERSLAYER by M.S. Karl
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"Add a plus for lovers of the hunt."
Newspaperman-sleuth Pete Brady (Death Notice, 1990), owner of the Weekly Express in Troy Parish, Louisiana, has been persuaded to go deer-hunting by his good friend Sheriff Matt Garitty. Read full book review >

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THIS HOUSE HAS FALLEN by Karl Maier
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A quick and lively study that doesn't dig too deep."
Vivid scenes from a potential meltdown, as veteran Africa reporter Maier (Into the House of the Ancestors, 1997) gives the history of Nigeria and suggests that regional tensions and pervasive corruption threaten its survival. 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 >

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THE EXPEDITIONS by Karl Iagnemma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"A languid frontier drama that weighs scientific inquisitiveness against the depths of human sorrow."
A father pursues his headstrong son through the American frontier. Read full book review >

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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 >