Search Results: "Martin Gardner"


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THE NIGHT IS LARGE by Martin Gardner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 1, 1996

"If Newton was, as he said, like a boy playing on the seashore of an undiscovered ocean of truth, then Gardner too has amassed an impressive shell collection. (line drawings not seen)"
In a broad-ranging collection of essays on mathematics, theoretical physics, philosophy, literature, and religion, Gardener has a panoramic view from the shoulders of such giants as Einstein, William James, and L. Frank Baum. Read full book review >

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SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Deserves the Cosmotic Greatheart Medal of Oz from the Wizard. (N.B.: Probably not harmful for children.)"
First-novelist/polymath Gardner (essays:The Night Is Large, 1996, etc.) undertakes a sequel to L. Frank Baum's Oz story (on the occasion of its 100th birthday) and comes up with a winner. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"A must for fans of Gardner, and for rationalists of all stripes."
America's favorite skeptic (Visitors From Oz, 1998, etc.) presents another smorgasbord of common sense, practical criticism, and entertainment. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"More inquisition than objective report, but on target: a well- aimed tomato to the face. (Photographs—not seen)"
Gardner (The Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener, 1983, etc.), world-class debunker of paranormal phenomena, now turns his demolition skills on the woman who founded one of America's most successful home-grown religions. Read full book review >

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SMART SCIENCE TRICKS by Martin Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"It will send them scrambling to learn more about important science topics. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
Ninety-five super science tricks and brief experiments to delight science teachers and young readers gleaned from the author's "Trick of the Month" feature in Physics Teacher magazine. Read full book review >

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OLD VENUS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Good fun all around. Now on to Mars, Saturn, Jupiter...."
"What a world," says a character in this lively old-school sci-fi anthology. "It's like a circle in Dante's hell." Read full book review >

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ROGUES by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 17, 2014

"Rambunctious, rowdy and occasionally R-rated: a worthy entertainment, without a dud in the bunch, that easily moves from swords and sorcery to hard-boiled Chandler-esque."
Avast, ye varlets, intergalactic and otherwise: There are new bad boys and girls afoot on Mars and in Middle Earth, and you'll like them, even if you'll count your silverware after they leave. Read full book review >

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PERDITA by Faith Gardner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"An edgy, intriguing debut novel of suspense, suspicion, and surprise. (Suspense. 14-18)"
When she starts seeing the ghost of her sister's recently drowned friend, troubled 16-year-old Arielle worries she may be "a little bit crazy." Read full book review >

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THE SILVER BLADE by Sally Gardner
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A luscious melodrama, rich in sensuous detail from horrific to sublime, with an iridescent overlay of magic. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The thrilling conclusion to the tale begun in The Red Necklace (2008) plunges readers back into the filthy and terrifying streets of Paris in 1794, when a single word can betray one to death by guillotine and no one can be trusted. Read full book review >

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I, CORIANDER by Sally Gardner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Deft and dulcet language, a cast of supporters not the least of whom is Coriander's loving stepsister Hester, and the tie to a grim historical season will hold readers fast. (historical background) (Historical fiction/fantasy. 10-14)"
Coriander is nine when her story begins (15 when it closes), living by London Bridge on the Thames during Cromwell's time. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Fancy runs wondrously amok here."
In his strong anthology of last year's best SF, editor Dozois leads with a dizzyingly well-done tale that at first seems clogged with excess detail, until you realize that the story is in the detail. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Perhaps it was a slow year for short science fiction, but whatever the reason, this installment in Dozois's eminent series is a disappointment."
The latest in this admirable annual series features one less story (23 vs. 24) than last year's, and it might have been better if had included even fewer. Read full book review >