Search Results: "Michael Kandel"


BOOK REVIEW

A PERFECT VACUUM by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 22, 1978

"He may be one of the most annoying writers alive, but had he not existed it would probably have been necessary to invent him."
I suspect," intones one of Lem's supposed reviewers, "that there was an idea that burst upon the author—and from which he shrank." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PANDA RAY by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1996

"Stanislaw Lem."
Formidably weird fantasy about the process of growing up, from an author perhaps best known for his resplendent translations of Stanislaw Lem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FUTUROLOGICAL CONGRESS by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"A pessimistic, mordantly funny book, well translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel."
The futurologists of the world have gathered at their Eighth World Congress at the Costa Rica Hilton to discuss the problem of overpopulation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 16, 2011

"A mesmerizing, not-to-be-missed trek through a little-visited region of the world."
A Nike Award-winning author travels through Eastern Europe, a place littered with the crumbling relics of communism, with inhabitants abandoned and seemingly frozen in time waiting for their future to begin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIS MASTER'S VOICE by Michael Kandel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1982

"Complex, extremely demanding work altogether (originally published in Polish in 1968), only for alert and determined readers."
In the messages-from-the-stars tradition of such as Hoyle's A for Andromeda and Varley's The Ophiuchi Hotline: a fictional memoir, less a novel than an extended lecture, with Leto simultaneously at his thoughtfully provocative best and irritably didactic worst. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAR DIARIES by Michael Kandel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1976

"Funny, unexpected, tantalizing."
The Polish sf writer's Star Diaries is a crazy-quilt collection of pieces written, according to Kandel, "over a period of twenty years" and published in 1971. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIASCO by Michael Kandel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 1987

"Powerful, brooding, fascinating work, with a frightening and urgent message for Star Wars-mongers."
Pure "hard" sf of the finest: developing and embellishing some of the ideas put forth in One Human Minute (1986), Leto presents a disturbing, highly intelligent, and scathing account of medium-future humanity's attempt to contact an extraterrestrial civilization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORE TALES OF PIRX THE PILOT by Louis Iribarne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1982

"A ruminative, often discursive bunch, wanting in urgency and drama—without the mature idea-wrestling of last year's Memoirs of a Space Traveler."
Five more tales featuring Pirx—a bumbling rookie in the original Tales (1979), now a seasoned and level-headed (but coolly cerebral) space jockey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM SPADE IN THE GREEN ROOM by Susan Kandel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2006

"A midsized dash of Hammett spices Kandel's rollicking fourth."
Biographer Cece Caruso (Not a Girl Detective, 2005, etc.) coaches a surfer-turned-actor for his role as Dashiell Hammett. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCARLET STOCKINGS by Charlotte Kandel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

In this cousin to Noel Streatfeild's Ballet Shoes, Daphne, a 13-year-old British orphan, is determined to become a prima ballerina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOT A GIRL DETECTIVE by Susan Kandel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fact-filled and funny: a worthy successor to Cece's bright debut."
Beauty-queen-turned-biographer Cece Caruso (I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason, 2004) and her two best gal pals head to the desert for a mystery conference that includes a real live corpse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 27, 2012

"A transformative work that joins the hands of Art and Science and makes them acknowledge their close kinship."
In a polymathic performance, a Nobel laureate weaves together the theories and practices of neuroscience, art and psychology to show how our creative brains perceive and engage art—and are consequently moved by it. Read full book review >