Search Results: "Lydia V. Pyne"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 2012

"Readers with a good introduction to the subject under their belt—e.g., Ian Tattersall's Masters of the Planet (2012)—will be best prepared to absorb this rich but often dense flood of geologic, geographic, anthropologic and philosophical analyses of recent evolution."
Lasting from about 3 million to 10,000 years ago, the Pleistocene is both a geological epoch and an idea, write science historians Stephen Pyne (Voyager: Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery, 2011, etc.) and his daughter Lydia, who proceed to deliver a perceptive account of both. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEVEN SKELETONS by Lydia Pyne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Ian Tattersall's The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack (2015) remains the best popular modern history of human evolution, but Pyne casts her net more widely, adding captivating accounts of how each discovery fascinated the mass media and entered literature and popular culture."
Describing human evolution through accounts of fossils that became media events might seem a publicity ploy, but science journalist Pyne (Institute for Historical Studies/Univ. of Texas; Bookshelf, 2016, etc.) pulls it off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWENTYNINE PALMS by Daniel Pyne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2010

"With dialogue that sings and action that sizzles, this is a prime candidate for the big screen."
Character is key in this deliciously edgy thriller, screenwriter Pyne's (The Manchurian Candidate) first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN THE FORM OF A PERSON by Ann Pyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"The Dead Parts Only''—but Pyne will be an interesting writer to track as she goes on trying to bring into balance her penchant for literary decoration and an unmistakable talent for the gnostic moments that pepper lives lived among other lives."
The sheer unfashionableness of Pyne's debut collection is an excitement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CATALINA EDDY by Daniel Pyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A worthy addition to the shelf, between 'noir' and now."
The Catalina Eddy sets in, and lust, greed, racism, and corruption come ashore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A learned and ingenious book, likely to be influential in the history of humankind's relationship with the environment. (65 illustrations, maps)"
A dense but highly readable illustrated history of fire's role in the forging of European civilization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1995

"Not always a ball of fire, but the persevering reader will be treated to a thought-provoking treatise on this most elemental of subjects. (36 illustrations, not seen)"
To burn or not to burn—a question repeatedly and vociferously answered in the affirmative by Pyne in this intensive, sometimes densely philosophical examination of the relationship between humans and fire. Read full book review >

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WHILE THE WAR IS RAGING
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson

Cover Story: Bucolic Battlefield
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: SWALK
Bonus Factor: Annoying Little Brother
Relationship Status: Keep Calm and Carry On

Cover Story: Bucolic Battlefield

This cover manages to make war seem like something that happens at a distance. It’s lovely, but it’s also a Standard ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE SHIMMERS IN THE NIGHT by Lydia Millet
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Nicely serious eco-fantasy; may volume three have more cohesive internal logic. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
The seemingly three-tiered conflict that emerged in Fires Beneath the Sea (2011) coalesces into a single war in this earnest but somewhat haphazard middle volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KEYS TO MY KINGDOM by Lydia Dabcovich
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 1992

"A straightforward-looking presentation of an old favorite with a couple of nice extra dimensions. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
The traditional chant appears here in three languages (English, French, Spanish) and is given a new ``key'': artist's tools, wielded by a pigtailed young artist who can be found in each picture, following the route described and finally arranging the flowers in the basket and using her paints to depict what she has seen. Read full book review >