Search Results: "Keith Thomson"


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JEFFERSON'S SHADOW by Keith Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Lucid and concise descriptions and analyses of an active, creative mind fully engaged with the natural world."
A bright, brisk assessment of the scientific interests and contributions of the Sage of Monticello. Read full book review >

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GUS OPENSHAW’S WHALE-KILLING JOURNAL by Keith Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2006

"Dumb fun, smartly imagined."
A blogger-slash-whaler goes hunting for his prey in the Caribbean—where the waters are shark-infested, the crew is always on the verge of mutiny and absurd plot twists arrive with every other paragraph. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF PENSACOLA by Keith Thomson
Released: April 1, 2005

"A dizzying plot served up with tankards of disarming deadpan humor, a smattering of actual pirate history and characters just engaging enough to have us swallow it all."
Pirates sail again in Thomson's rollicking debut, a tall, fanciful tale that throws us headlong into a world of peg-legged sea dogs and hidden treasure, just minutes from your nearest Sandals resort. Read full book review >

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TWICE A SPY by Keith Thomson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2011

"Buoyant, fast and fun."
Former gambler Charlie Clark and his Alzheimer's-suffering ex-spy dad Drummond continue to dodge assassins, the CIA and international law enforcement alike while trying desperately to save Charlie's girlfriend from kidnappers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1993

"Suffused with the sense of wonder that unites the wide-eyed child and the white-haired Nobel laureate: an uncommonly good collection. (Twenty illustrations)"
Twenty-four shapely essays, most drawn from American Scientist, by paleoichthyologist Thomson (Living Fossil, 1991), president of the Academy of Natural Sciences. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 1991

"Mother Ocean deliversas does her latest scribe. (Copious illustrations)"
Thomson, a specialist in prehistoric fish and the director of Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences, hooks his readers with this true tale of a fossil come to life. Read full book review >

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THE TYPEWRITER by Bill Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Words rule in this intriguing, impressive, imaginative, nearly wordless narrative drama. (Picturebook. 5-9)"
Three kids find an old typewriter, igniting spectacular surprises when they start playing with it. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Better written than the usual teen thriller fare, the series promises to hook readers with suspense, action, and adolescent romance. (Fiction. YA)"
This sci-fi thriller with a dose of high-school angst is the first in a series. Read full book review >

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VISUAL MAGIC by David Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A dandy introduction to the concept of perception. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing compilation of optical illusions: images that sort themselves out when studied or that can be read more than one way; op art; an Escher; pictures that gain a third dimension when viewed through the special glasses provided, etc. Several of these have appeared elsewhere, but it's instructive to have them together in this handy eight-inch square book—especially with Thomson's brief but lucid explanations of what is happening when the eye and mind try to decipher images that are designed to confuse them. Read full book review >

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AIR AND FIRE by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Thomson's surreal sensibilities, challenged by the cross- fertilization of cultures and desire, elevate standard melodramatic fare into a saga richly atmospheric and satisfying."
Fantasy and reality coalesce in a cauldron of passion and pathos, fired by the heat of a searing summer in coastal Mexico: a formidable fin de siäcle tale from the wide-ranging author of The Five Gates of Hell (1991) and Dreams of Leaving (1988). Read full book review >

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TRUST FUND KIDS by Tony Thomson
Released: Feb. 3, 2013

"A comedy of human follies that's difficult to enjoy."
A biting satire of cloistered lives in small-town New England. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A MURDERER by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2007

"A penetrating, introspective twist on the morose-British-constable genre."
A policeman reflects on our potential for evil as he guards the corpse of a female child molester and murderer. Read full book review >