Search Results: "Melvin Jules Bukiet"


BOOK REVIEW

STRANGE FIRE by Melvin Jules Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Kazakov is a likable guide for this package tour of the hell of Middle East politics, though it could profitably be shortened by 40 or 50 pages."
Bukiet tries his hand at a thriller, while continuing to explore the Jewish world as he has previously (Signs and Wonders, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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UNDERTOWN by Melvin Jules Bukiet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Though classically modeled, this journey tale founders. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Two suburban teens ride a sailboat into Manhattan's storm drains and meet quirky residents aplenty in this wittier-than-thou crossover effort. Read full book review >

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A FAKER’S DOZEN by Melvin Jules Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Intelligent and amusing: a tour de force for the literate tabloid enthusiast."
Eleven stories in a third collection from Bukiet (While the Messiah Tarries, 1995, etc.) focus on the complicated lives of the renowned and disingenuous. Read full book review >

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NEUROTICA by Melvin Jules--Ed. Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"One bite and you're lost."
Any collection of erotic Jewish fiction that begins with Woody Allen's four-star "The Whore of Mensa" and continues with Harold Brodkey's 30-page single-sex-act orgasm chase, "Innocence," has to be absolutely first-rate—and Neurotica is. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Tenderness mixes with rage, sorrow with bitterness, in this first-rate gathering of pieces by those who refuse to forget."
A superb anthology of prose work by members of the Second Generation. Read full book review >

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SIGNS AND WONDERS by Melvin Jules Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1999

"Entertaining, but Bukiet stacks the deck of hopelessness, never allowing his Jesus to become more than a cartoon."
Bukiet (After, 1996, etc.) portrays a gentle Messiah who may or may not have arrived to redeem the bloody 20th century. Read full book review >

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AFTER by Melvin Jules Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"Still, despite the longueurs and wildly uneven tone, those who persevere will find a conclusion that is surprisingly earnest, genuinely affecting and, largely because of what has gone before, deeply resonant."
Bukiet (While the Messiah Tarries, 1995, etc.), fiction editor of Tikkun, draws on stories of his own family's survival of the death camps for this corrosive satirical novel of the Holocaust's aftermath. Read full book review >

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WHILE THE MESSIAH TARRIES by Melvin Jules Bukiet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Overall, then: readable tales of uneven quality."
Nine eerie tales mainly concerning supernatural, sometimes horrifying, conundrums confronted by (usually) contemporary American Jews—in a second collection (Stories of an Imaginary Childhood, 1992—not reviewed) from the author of the dark, occasionally diverting fantasy novel Sandman's Dust (1986). Read full book review >

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NAKED CAME THE POST-POSTMODERNIST by Sarah Lawrence Class WRIT - 3303 - R
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"Precious little post-postmodernism, or even pre-post-postmodernism, is on display; Naked Came the Outraged Feminist would have been a more accurate title. But here's proof that a bunch of college students can handle the round-robin format about as well as their professional models."
Thirteen members of a Sarah Lawrence writing workshop directed by Bukiet (Undertown, 2013, etc.) team up for this serial whodunit, with predictably episodic results. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Lottman does his best to inject a bit of drama into his subject's rather quiet life, examining every small incident he can unearth, but in the end there is little here to keep even the most dedicated Verne fan awake."
An unsurprising biography of one of the founding fathers of science fiction, by a specialist in French literature and culture. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 1965

"Good point, good book."
This is an excellent biography of the Frenchman who masterminded the 19th century classics of science fiction and whose imaginative projections of submarine life and aerial conquest have become matters of fact in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"B&w photos, engravings, etc.—very dark; bibliography (a dozen books, undifferentiated between sources and books for young readers); notes; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
At 22, Verne was so poor that his dinner often consisted of prunes; by the time he was 50, he was rich and widely lauded. Read full book review >