Search Results: "Karl Gerth"


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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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OCEAN LINERS by Karl Zimmerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A fascinating voyage. (index, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
From the earliest days, the ships that carried passengers across the oceans have been wreathed in an aura of romance and mystery and have entranced generations of aficionados. Read full book review >

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PERMANENCE by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2001

"Once again, the plot—of which the foregoing is barely a hint—arises organically from the backdrop and characters: thoughtful, well-informed, insightful work, with a sharp yet subtle political subcontext, catapulting Schroeder into SF's front rank."
Another blazing far-future saga from Schroeder (Ventus, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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LADY OF MAZES by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Bulging with complex ideas and extrapolations—often as difficult to follow as they are to describe; again, if you disregard the ideas and keep reading, the paucity of the underlying narrative becomes exposed. Often amazing, but it's a tough slog nonetheless."
Far-future yarn about competitive multiple realities, godlike posthumans and rogue artificial intelligences, set in the same universe as Ventus (2000). Read full book review >

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VENTUS by Karl Schroeder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Delightful and engaging, both intellectually and viscerally: a superb achievement."
Three firsts—solo outing (The Claus Effect, with David Nickle, not reviewed), SF, and hardcover—for Toronto resident Schroeder. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2005

"Like the ivory-billed woodpecker, the center deal may be alive and well, comfortably living in secrecy. Johnson's tribute will make you hope so."
Dealing cards from the center of the deck, a trick only the most exquisite dealers can manage, forms the heart of journalist Johnson's story of a card artist and crooked gambler. Read full book review >

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MATTERHORN by Karl Marlantes
Released: April 1, 2010

"Readable and well written, though not quite in the class of Tim O'Brien, Philip Caputo, Michael Herr, Robert Stone and other top-flight literary chroniclers of the war in Vietnam."
An ambitious first novel about the Vietnam War, written over three decades by a Marine veteran of the fight. Read full book review >

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PALESTINE by Karl Sabbagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"A powerful and often graceful polemic that leaves some questions unanswered."
Sabbagh (A Rum Affair, 2000, etc.) argues that, before 1948, Palestine was not an empty desert just waiting for Jewish settlement. It was home to thriving Palestinian communities. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Twenty-five years after its author's death, this is by no means a cutting-edge work—but this great thinker's ruminations on his predecessors have a timeless quality to them."
Rigorous yet readable notes, sketches, and articles that round out a four-volume panorama of the philosophical pantheon. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2001

"Good, fun, mindless reading—and a vigorous slap at monarchists everywhere."
A gossipy look at some of Europe's oddest ducks: the royals. Read full book review >

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A RUM AFFAIR by Karl Sabbagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Much has been made of the slowness of the scientific community to accept new theories (evolution, relativity); Sabbagh offers an illuminating, if not always engaging, account of the virtues of such skepticism. (photos)"
A thorough investigation (first published in Britain in 1999) into a case of deviant science from the 1930s and 1940s. Read full book review >