Search Results: "Ken Kalfus"


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EQUILATERAL by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2013

"Kalfus maps the boundary between science and mysticism while simultaneously muddying, in a way the 20th century soon would, the previously bright line between scientific certainty and arrogant, self-deluded error."
The fifth book and third novel by Kalfus (whose wonderful A Disorder Peculiar to the Country, a National Book Award finalist of 2006, dared to make 9/11 the backdrop to a divorce comedy) is a slender but ambitious tragicomedy of ideas set in 1890s Egypt. Read full book review >

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COUP DE FOUDRE by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"A mixed bag: not as satisfying as Kalfus' recent novels, though technically accomplished and often with great insight into the curious ways of people."
A gathering of new stories by Kalfus (Equilateral, 2013, etc.), drawing on his long-established interests in history, science, and at least a few of the seven mortal sins. Read full book review >

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A DISORDER PECULIAR TO THE COUNTRY by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2006

"An interesting departure from Kalfus's Slavic-inflected earlier fiction (including PU-239 and Other Russian Fantasies, 1999). Astringent, accomplished black comedy."
The fallout from 9/11 casts a pall over an already moribund marriage in Kalfus's second novel (following his terrific The Commissariat of Enlightenment, 2003). Read full book review >

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THIRST by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1998

"A middling mix, with glimmers of real strengths in the offing."
It's not easy to identify author Kalfus in this debut volume, since its mode, manner, and voice change as with the colors of the chameleon. Read full book review >

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PU-239 by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1999

"Kalfus's crafty, nerve-rattling tales are among the most unusual and interesting now being written."
A second collection, including six stories and a novella, by the worldly-wise (and evidently well-traveled) author of last year's crackling, cosmopolitan debut volume, Thirst. Read full book review >

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THE COMMISSARIAT OF ENLIGHTENMENT by Ken Kalfus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A brilliant fusion of satire, science fiction, and political commentary. Gogol is probably tearing his hair out, wishing he'd dreamed this up."
An inventive first novel briskly reimagines 20th-century Russian history. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A familiar story, well-told, and enhanced by the many well-chosen period photographs. (photo credits) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
"In 1875 there were perhaps fifty million of them. Just twenty-five years later nearly every one of them was gone." Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING I SPY ABC by Ken Laidlaw
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's an alphabetic Where's Waldo? in these pages, without the peppermint-striped shirt to tip children off. (Picture book. 3+)"
The Amazing I Spy ABC ($12.99; Sept. 1996; 44 pp.; 0-8037-1992-2): Adults will need to grab their eyeglasses when sharing this game-in-a-book version of I Spy with children: Good vision is mandatory. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN LEAVES by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The book ends, fittingly, with an uncaptioned picture of a leafless tree; under its bough is a big pile of leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Leaf identification books can be baffling to preschoolers collecting autumn leaves; whether the books feature minute silhouettes of trees and leaves, or full-blown full-color photographs of summer greens, they rarely display what a leaf looks like come fall. Read full book review >

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LAST GO ROUND by Ken Kesey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

Kesey (Sailor Song 1992, etc.) has written a historical western that amusingly mixes fact and fiction to tell the politically correct story of a multiracial trio of cowboys who achieve a state of spiritual harmony that transcends cultural differences. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Crazy Daisy and Mean Dean—Tony Baloney lives up to his name: He and his story are nonsense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth-grader Anthony "Tony Baloney" Madison's greatest desire is to be on the Late Show with David Letterman. Read full book review >