Search Results: "Mungo Melvin"


BOOK REVIEW

MANSTEIN by Mungo Melvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2011

"Too thick for casual readers lacking a strong interest in European history, but Melvin provides a fair, thorough reappraisal that carefully considers Manstein's military prowess while challenging his moral amnesia."
The victorious siege commander of Sevastopol garners a formal, meticulous new study. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Some new information of interest to computer buffs, but much old news, too, that's been better told by others."
Disjointed survey of computer crime that sensationalizes some aspects while—seemingly whenever another journalist has been there first—downplaying others. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST BEHIND THE WALL by Melvin Burgess
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Whether the device of the ghost truly moves beyond artifice is questionable—but the loveliness of the relationship between the young and the very old, and the very real meeting of the minds therein, is spot-on. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A bored boy finds diversion and danger in the ventilation ducts of his apartment building. Read full book review >

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THE HIT by Melvin Burgess
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Refreshingly rooted in the issues of the day, Burgess' near-future thriller stands out. (Dystopian thriller. 15-18)"
After 20 years of economic recession, the gaps between England's rich and poor are wider and starker than ever. Read full book review >

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SMACK by Melvin Burgess
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Based on actual people and incidents, this harrowing tale is as compellingly real as it is tragic. (glossary) (Fiction. 13-16)"
In a Carnegie Medal—winning novel (under the UK title, Junk) that cuts to the bone, Burgess puts a group of teenage runaways through four nightmarish years of heroin addiction. Read full book review >

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THE CRY OF THE WOLF by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"There's more food for confusion than for thought in this savage hunt and its ambiguous outcome. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A boy lets slip to a stranger known as ``The Hunter'' that there are wolves near his family's Surrey farm. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"There's not much new here, but Konner's arguments for reforming our health-care system are forceful, and his recommendations for change are specific."
Konner (Psychology, Neurology, and Anthropology/Emory Univ.; Why the Reckless Survive, 1990, etc.) analyzes our sociocultural system of medicine—and finds it wanting. Read full book review >

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LADY by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"It is that reader who must wonder and decide which side of the evolutionary fence to inhabit and therefore benefit from this intensely observed cautionary tale. (Fiction. YA)"
"A dog's days are short, but his moments are pure." Read full book review >

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DOING IT by Melvin Burgess
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

"The point is that this, like sex, is all about good dirty fun. (Fiction. 12+)"
A trio of British teens fantasize, agonize, masturbate, grope, kiss, feel up, and shag their way through one seemingly endless school year in which traditional teen-novel concerns are entirely thrown over for sex. Read full book review >

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UNSETTLED by Melvin Konner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Rich in learning and observation, Unsettled ought to inspire discussion, perhaps even controversy at points. A splendid treatise that will inform readers of whatever background."
A lucid exposition, informed by science and poetry alike, of the qualities and historical accidents that have made the Jewish people so important a presence in so many parts of the world. Read full book review >

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WOMEN AFTER ALL by Melvin Konner
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"Insightful and bound to spark controversy."
Konner (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology/Emory Univ.; The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind, 2010, etc.) examines why he believes women are superior to men "in most ways that will matter in the future."Read full book review >