Search Results: "Melissa Caruso-Scott"


BOOK REVIEW

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS by Trixie Belle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Out of all the titles in the series, Goldilocks' adventures are the most cogent and age-appropriate. (Board book. 2-4)"
The flaxen-haired tyke makes her infamous visit to the bears' house in this simplified adaptation. Read full book review >

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SLEEPING BEAUTY by Trixie Belle
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Toddlers familiar with the Disney movies or with obliging parents who can help them connect the dots may get something out of these summarized versions, but, like Sleeping Beauty's fairies, the plots are going to fly right over the heads of most board-book readers. (Board book. 2-4)"
A toddler-sized version of the classic fairy tale. Read full book review >

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SHADOW MAN by Melissa Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1995

"Overall, then: a serious, worthwhile attempt to probe the basis of sexual politics and gender identity."
In the latest from Scott (Burning Bright, 1993, etc.), a drug taken to ameliorate the unpleasant effects of faster-than-light travel has caused the human race to mutate into five sexes: men, women, ``herms'' (functional hermaphrodites), and two intermediate types—``mems'' and ``fems.'' On planet Hara, a bastion of conservatism, only the male and female sexes are recognized, even though the people are as variously bodied as their galactic counterparts. Read full book review >

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DREAMING METAL by Melissa Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"Hard to grasp what the terrorists are all fired up about; otherwise, solid and worthy but long-winded, offering few new insights."
Scott's second yarn about planet Persephone and the development of artificial intelligence, with some of the characters recurring also. Read full book review >

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THE JAZZ by Melissa Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2000

"Nobody writes about the cyberspace experience better than Scott, despite the deflationary ending and a plot that doesn't hold water."
More maneuvers at the man/machine interface, from the author of The Shapes of Their Hearts (1998), etc. In the near future, cyberspace is dominated by the "jazz," creative, entertaining, convincing lies (imagine AOL, CNN, and the National Enquirer all rolled into one). Read full book review >

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DREAMSHIPS by Melissa Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Not perfect, but a solid, thoughtful novel from a promising writer."
Scott's hardcover debut offers a thought-provoking examination of the possibility of artificial intelligence. Read full book review >

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NIGHT SKY MINE by Melissa Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Mature, balanced, absorbing work, with a richly detailed, enchanting backdrop: something of a breakthrough in overall technique, and Scott's best so far."
Scott's Shadow Man (1995) seriously probed the basis of sexual identity and politics, to the relative neglect of character and plot; the author's new venture, a solidly crafted far-future cyberspace yarn, begins on planet Bestla, where cops (and lovers) Justin Rangsey of External Affairs and Sein Tarasov of the Technical Squad, are assigned by Devora Macbeth of the elite Patrol to investigate why an orbiting mine complex was abandoned, puzzlingly, by its crew. Read full book review >

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THE SHAPES OF THEIR HEARTS by Melissa Scott
Released: June 15, 1998

"Intriguing, at first, with Scott's depiction of cyberspace the main allure, but short on plot and burdened with too many narrative points of view: disappointingly slight and aimless."
Another far-future artificial-intelligence yarn from the author of Dreaming Metal (1997), etc. Here, planet Eden, with its religious-fanatic Children, their Memoriant (a powerful artificial intelligence imbued with the mind of prophet Gabril Aurik), and their support for terrorism, is under blockade. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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MELISSA FEBOS
by Megan Labrise

Among the epigraphs of Melissa Febos’s sophomore memoir, Abandon Me, is a quotation by English psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott: “It is a joy to be hidden and a disaster not to be found.”

“I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life to use that epigraph,” says Febos, who considered it for her critically acclaimed debut, Whip Smart ...


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BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE AND HER FRIENDS by Melissa Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Yet her characters are sympathetic despite themselves, and the near-future, neither utopian nor dystopian, is effectively created."
Scott (Burning Bright, 1993) offers a low-key cyberpunk mystery set a century in the future when computer networks have become the turf of a diverse group of businesses, users, and ``netwalkers.'' India Carless's sedate life as the ``syscop,'' a combination system administrator and security officer, for a small art co-op has been disrupted. Read full book review >

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BURNING BRIGHT by Melissa Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Disappointingly mediocre work after a superior debut (Dreamships, 1992)."
Far-future computer-game/interstellar-intrigue yarn, wherein starship pilot Quinn Lioe, a talented computer gamer, arrives at city/planet Burning Bright to deliver cargo, make repairs, and participate in the local role-playing, virtual-reality Game. Read full book review >