Search Results: "Mark Buchanan"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the author's penchant for distracting digressions, a terrific, essential addition to the library of popular-science books."
Former Nature editor Buchanan (Ubiquity, 2001) takes an intriguing, accessible look at the mathematics behind the "six degrees of separation" theory. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's impossible to say whether the social side of Buchanan's fatalistic thesis will prove elaborately wrong, though he argues it with fervor and elegance."
Buchanan, a writer for Nature and a theoretical physicist, summarizes the law of universality, a sweeping concept that is very much a work in progress. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 2013

"The author's stimulating deconstruction of contemporary economic theory parallels a treatment of major positive developments in physical sciences and pays due respect to the functions of government and law."
Former Nature and New Scientist editor Buchanan (The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You, 2007, etc.) offers his take on why economic theory breaks down when it comes to making predictions. Read full book review >

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HANK’S STORY by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2001

"Hank eventually frees himself and comes to believe that the brutal man had power over him in part because he allowed it, hardly the circumstance for the majority of children who live with a violent alcoholic, but affecting nonetheless. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Setting her story in 1923, Buchanan (Gratefully Yours, 1997, etc.) once again explores the plight of a parentless youngster sent by "orphan train" to rural Nebraska. Read full book review >

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SUITABLE FOR FRAMING by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1995

"But the first half of this story, with its reeking background, is a scorcher: Even on deadline, Buchanan couldn't write a boring page. (Literary Guild featured alternate selection)"
Miami never lets up—certainly not for crime reporter Britt Montero (Miami, It's Murder, 1994, etc.), who gets no more home- cooked meals or eight-hour sleeps than any of the cops on her beat. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1992

"Distinctly middle-drawer files—but still a generous bonanza for crime buffs, presented by one of the sharpest writers in the field."
Slightly blurred carbon copy of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Buchanan's riveting 1987 report on crimes she'd covered during her nearly 20 years as a Pulitzer-winning reporter for The Miami Herald. Read full book review >

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Tricks Every Boy Can Do by Paul Buchanan
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A detailed story that provides hours of engaging, if somewhat predictable, family drama."
A love triangle involving two brothers and a neighbor girl plays out during the Great Depression and the World War II era in Buchanan's debuthistorical novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A decent history, but about as exciting as watching a turbine do its thing. (Forty b&w photos, 13 line illustrations.)"
A basic introduction to how technology has transformed human society and the earth. ``Technology is the study of human techniques for making and doing things,'' opens Buchanan (History of Technology/Univ. of Bath), setting the flat, factual tone for what is to follow. Read full book review >

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A DARK AND LONELY PLACE by Edna Buchanan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"The nonstop action and romance go a long way toward offsetting the frequent shapelessness of both stories—especially the tale of the real-life outlaws, which all too often reads like an extended summary of old newspaper articles."
As if reconstructing the real-life, century-old tale of Florida's most notorious outlaw couple weren't enough, Buchanan (Legally Dead, 2008, etc.) dovetails it with a parallel modern-day story in this ambitious, inventive saga. Read full book review >

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MARGIN OF ERROR by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 1997

"But Britt (Act of Betrayal, 1996, etc.) stays on her supercharged caseload long enough to winnow the sheep from the goats, pluck a surprising killer from the cast, and even come to warmly convincing terms with her Hollywood hunk."
There's a new man in Britt Montero's life—handsome, sexy, glamorous, endlessly attentive Lance Westfell. Read full book review >

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CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE by Edna Buchanan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 1992

"Formulaic, but Montero's a charmer and her story seethes with the street-life that her creator knows so well: first-rate entertainment."
A fictional version of Miami Herald crime-reporter Buchanan's memoirs (Never Let Them See You Cry; The Corpse Had a Familiar Face)—i.e., a tale (reporter investigates suspicious death) surging with sentiment and crackling action, and far more appealing than the author's debut novel, Nobody Lives Forever (1990). Read full book review >