Search Results: "Kassy Tayler"


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SHADOWS OF GLASS by Kassy Tayler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 23, 2013

"A jumble of characters and stereotypes does not constitute worldbuilding. Skip. (Steampunk. 14-16)"
What ought to be a tense story of discovery after escaping a post-apocalyptic steampunk hellscape is overwhelmed by a bland, unremarkable love triangle. Read full book review >

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REMNANTS OF TOMORROW by Kassy Tayler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 18, 2014

"A heroine who places herself in the back seat during a revolution makes for an unsatisfying end to the series. (Steampunk. 14-16)"
The conclusion to the Ashes of Twilight trilogy misses the potential of its promised revolution, focusing on pining over punches. Read full book review >

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ASHES OF TWILIGHT by Kassy Tayler
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Successfully evokes the sightless, slow-moving, claustrophobic, ever-present darkness of dystopian coal mines—but is that a victory in a romantic adventure? (Steampunk. 14-16)"
Dystopian future plus steampunk plus romance: All these trendy ingredients are here plopped together in a plodding muddle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"Tayler ventures at points into Colin Thubron and Robert Kaplan territory, returning with a satisfying narrative that is of considerable interest to students of contemporary events, and futurists too."
A closely observed memoir of travels through Central Asia, where portents of continent-wide conflict loom. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2001

"A voyage fit only for lunatics. In terms of achievement, Tayler could as easily have played Russian roulette."
A dangerous and self-indulgent journey up and down the Congo River: thankfully, travel-writer Tayler (Siberian Dawn, 1999) comes in the end to understand it as such. Read full book review >

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SIBERIAN DAWN by Jeffrey Tayler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Graphically describes the deeply disturbing state of the 'new' Russia and its demoralized citizens."
A young American's encounters with arctic cold, violent vodka-induced drunkenness, unknown levels of radiation, and mafia-ruled hinterland cities reveal the bleak and desperate side of life in the post-Communist Soviet states. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Moreover, Angry Wind merits a solid audience at the African desks of Western intelligence agencies. There's trouble brewing in the Sahel, Tayler warns: Don't say no one told you so."
An often scintillating if sometimes sluggish tour of the western Sahel, that narrow coast of dry land between the Central African rainforest and the oceanic Sahara. Read full book review >

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Released: July 11, 2006

"An evocative glimpse of an isolated, seldom visited part of Russia, though its depiction of volatile drunks in a bleak landscape does no favors for the Siberian tourist industry."
After 11 years in Moscow, American journalist Tayler took a river trip through Russia's Siberian hinterlands, encountering a punishing climate and plentiful nostalgia for the communist past. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A light entertainment."
The personal shutterbug for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shares his behind-the-scenes impression of an age of glamour long gone. Read full book review >