Search Results: "Mike Ashley"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF AWESOME COMIC FANTASY by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"EWSLUGJK Rowling is far from alone in the making of merry magic."
The Mammoth master's third collection of silly, satiric, ridiculous, cute, pun-packed, cornball fantasy is often fun, but, well, not exactly awesome. Read full book review >

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ALGERNON BLACKWOOD by Mike Ashley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Blackwood comes across as a breath of fresh—if bizarre and spooky—air, an unfettered character that Ashley captures well but thankfully doesn't tether."
British Mammoth anthologist Ashley (The Mammoth Book of Fantasy, p. 1252, etc.) resurrects the wildly creative Algernon Blackwood, a master of dread and the spine-shudder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHRONICLES OF THE ROUND TABLE by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Worth a browse for Arthur's faithful legions."
This addition to Ashley's Chronicles series of Arthurian tales comprises 19 new stories, 4 reprints, 190251, and an afterword in which Marion Zimmer Bradley and Parke Godwin discuss their own and other Arthurian works. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF FANTASY by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

The tireless and Argus-eyed Ashley, editor of Mammoths by the dozen (The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales, 1997), focuses here on fantasy, 23 drafts of the pure stuff. Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEAREAN WHODUNNITS by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The Collaborator,'' shows how much easier it is to succeed at the historical mystery when you're not taking characters carefully fashioned for one purpose by the greatest English dramatist and twisting them to another."
Twenty-five almost new stories (the oldest, Susan B. Kelly's sly ``Much Ado About Something,'' dates back to 1994) exposing the felonious underside of Shakespeare's plays from Henry VI to The Winter's Tale. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Mike Ashley
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Those unfamiliar with the genre, or shopping for a gift for a younger reader, however, will find it a handy introduction to a rich, delightful form. (illustrations, not seen)"
It's hard, given the wealth of material in the field, to make a bad selection of fairy tales, and Ashley's, while not startling, does offer a nice mix of the usual (including such authors as George MacDonald, Edith Nesbit, L. Frank Baum, Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Oscar Wilde, Hans Christian Andersen, Jane Aiken, and Jane Yolen) and the less familiar (Liugi Capuani, Lawrence Schimel, and H.E. Bates, among others). Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Mammoth Book of Somewhat Obscure Stories by Writers Who Are Famous for Other Works, or Who Are Not as Celebrated As The Editor Thinks They Should Be."
Let other anthologists package the award-winners, the classics or stories clinging to a critical theme. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF SHAPES by Ashley G.
by Ashley G., illustrated by Ashley G.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Best when used or displayed alongside the blocks, where it might inspire young children to build their own shape-based creations. (Board book. 18 mos.-4)"
The basic shapes—circle (in yellow), triangle (in red), square (in blue), rectangle (in orange)—combine to form easily recognizable objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BINKY by Ashley Spires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Fans will be pleased (if sad to say goodbye), and new readers will beg for the indomitable space cat's earlier adventures. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
Disaster on Binky's space station comes in the shape of "SUITCASES!" Read full book review >

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BABY BEAR SEES BLUE by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Imbued with a spirit of exploration, fostered by parental protection, Baby Bear's colorful adventures will enrich repeat bedtime read-alouds. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inspired by the mother bear and cub in Blueberries for Sal, Wolff creates a gentle story for toddlers that introduces colors and images from the natural world. Read full book review >

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WHERE, OH WHERE, IS BABY BEAR? by Ashley  Wolff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Twilit enchantment. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Mama and Baby Bear are back, enjoying a summer evening of foraging enlivened by an enthusiastic game of hide-and-seek. Read full book review >