Search Results: "Mark E. Rogers"


BOOK REVIEW

SAMURAI CAT GOES TO THE MOVIES by Mark E. Rogers
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Others may well find it mind-numbingly silly and occasionally offensive."
Miaowara Tomokato, the feline whose tongue is sharper than his sword, returns for a fifth engagement in this series by Rogers (The Sword of Samurai Cat, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWORD OF SAMURAI CAT by Mark E. Rogers
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 23, 1991

"Irresistibly hilarious or depressingly imbecilic, depending on the viewpoint of the beholder."
Fourth in a series that has already achieved a certain notoriety. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMURAI CAT GOES TO HELL by Mark E. Rogers
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: June 15, 1998

"Check one: (a) hysterically funny, I loved it, (b) appallingly stupid, I hated it, or (c) unsuitable for life-forms with more than minimal cognitive abilities."
Fifth and (the publisher says) final outing for Rogers's indescribable comedy fantasy (Samurai Cat Goes to the Movies, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL ROGERS by Frank Keating
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As it stands, without the necessary contextualizing detail to flesh out this most human man, most readers previously unfamiliar with the subject will find themselves no more familiar with him at closing. (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
An attractive, heartfelt, but ultimately obscure picture-book tribute to the great American humorist and commentator. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"If even a smidgen of the truth of Rogers's goodness comes through, Dadey's and Goto's efforts have not been in vain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-8027-8682-0 Will Rogers's legend may have faded a bit over time, so Dadey toils to bring him back into the young public's eye, mixing—just as she did in Shooting Star (1997)—real episodes with wildly preposterous events to amplify his persona. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROGERS HORNSBY by Charles C. Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1995

"Alexander conveys an impressive wealth of facts, though his narrative seldom jumps off the page; nor does he satisfactorily explain how the game changed during Hornsby's career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thorough yet static portrait of one of the most accomplished players of baseball's ``golden age.'' ``I have never been a yes man,'' declared Rogers Hornsby in a 1950 interview, and this statement sums up his character. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL ROGERS by Mary Malone
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"No account of Rogers's life could be entirely lacking in color, of course, but anecdotes can't carry this glorified encyclopedia article. (b&w photos, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11+)"
A feeble biography in the People to Know series that reads more like an impossibly expanded curriculum vitae than like a Life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL ROGERS by Ben Yagoda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

"So immediate you can scratch a match on his boot sole. (Photographs)"
Clear as a Walker Evans photo: a biography of folk-humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935), who, like Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart, grew into his mask, becoming the image of wry, genial common sense until his death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOLUME 1 by Mark Twain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2010

"There's plenty of vinegar here but plenty of the homespun and funny Twain as well. Essential for serious students of his work and readable and revealing for all its surrounding scholarly apparatus."
A century after his death, the great American writer and controversialist speaks plainly—and sometimes not so nicely—from beyond the grave. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYNDROME E by Franck Thilliez
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"Having achieved bestseller status in Europe, Thilliez is poised to do the same in the U.S."
In this terrific French thriller, a veteran Paris profiler struggling with paranoid schizophrenia and a lonely female police detective are brought together by a series of gruesome murders that have something to do with an old experimental film containing disturbing subliminal images. Read full book review >