Search Results: "Octavia Monaco"


BOOK REVIEW

KLIMT AND HIS CAT by Bérénice Capatti
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"However, Monaco's illustrations are so unique that libraries with strong artistic picture-book collections won't want to pass this by. (Picture book. 9+)"
This quirky distillation of Klimt's essence is particularly notable for its luminous, gold-leafed multimedia paintings that effectively evoke the Viennese Secessionist painter's individualistic style (Danae, 1907 and The Kiss, 1908). Read full book review >

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PATTERNMASTER by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 1976

"Escape fiction in the best Patterned tradition."
This is fine, old-fashioned sf about a distant future in which the earth is ruled by Patternists whose psi powers let them control the "mutes" who have no mental voices and do battle with the Clayarks—strange creatures with four legs and human faces. Read full book review >

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PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

"A vanishingly thin plot and dreadfully preachy: imperfections for which Butler's usual virtues—lucid prose, a realistic progression of events, and splendid texture—unfortunately fail to compensate."
Diary of teenager Lauren Olamina, 2024-27, as she struggles to survive the collapse of civilization and formulate a new religion that spells out her notion of God as change: from the author of Clay's Ark, the Xenogenesis series, etc. Only walled enclaves like Robledo, California, stand against total descent into barbarism, criminality, and madness; even so, one by one the enclaves are being overrun by drug-crazed ``Paints.'' Olamina's younger brother Keith, tiring of his father's strictures and determined to make a life for himself outside, runs away, to live by robbery, murder, and drug-dealing—and quickly ends up horribly dead. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETEST HEIST IN HISTORY by Octavia Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Good sleuthing fun supported by compelling character arcs. (spy tips, crafts, recipes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Deer Creek's middle school ninja detectives of The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit (2013) take on crime in New York City. Read full book review >

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THE SMALL WORLD OF PAPER TOYS by Gérard Lo Monaco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2015

"A tidy showcase for Lo Monaco, with at least some potential for return visits. (Pop-up picture book. 4-6)"
A cavalcade of diminutive, neatly designed pop-ups evokes toys of yesteryear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIND OF MY MIND by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 1977

"There's a lot of intrinsic energy in the Pattern idea, and one wants to see where this erratic, gifted storyteller will pick it up next."
The first chapter in a history that Butler has already taken up at a much later stage in Patternmaster (1976). Read full book review >

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UNEXPECTED STORIES by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2014

"A small but important addition to the oeuvre of a writer deeply concerned with issues of race and gender."
Striking social commentary underscores the action in two dark, previously unpublished stories from the late sci-fi master. Read full book review >

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BLOODCHILD by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 1995

"Splendid pieces, set forth in calm, lucid prose with never a word wasted."
Essentially a novelist, Butler (Parable of the Sower, 1994, etc.) confesses that she finds short fiction arduous and frustrating. Read full book review >

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MADAME SONIA DELAUNAY by Gérard Lo Monaco
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Children who want to know more (i.e., anything) about Delaunay's life or artistic context will have to look elsewhere, but this bonbon should leave a taste for further enquiry. (thumbnail index includes media and locations) (Pop-up art book. 6-10)"
This small but fulsome tribute to the underrecognized artist/designer pairs pop-up versions of many of her semiabstract works with fanciful interpretive notes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMAGO by Octavia E. Butler
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Released: May 16, 1989

Third in the Xenogenesis series (Adulthood Rites, 1988), exploring the impact of the kindly but implacable alien Onkali upon an Earth devastated by nuclear war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILD SEED by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1980

"Good story, not quite the right underpinnings."
Butler's "Patternmaster" series has been appearing jigsaw-wise rather than in consistent chronological sequence of events; this latest piece fits into the puzzle somewhere before Mind of My Mind (1977). Read full book review >