Search Results: "Paul Park"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOSPEL OF CORAX by Paul Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 1996

"A comfortable cruise for the armchair traveler through the Ancient World but not much as a novel: The characters serve mostly as points of reference in an ever-changing historical pageant without ever making the story their own."
Science-fiction specialist Park (Celestis, 1995, etc.) turns from distant planets to the distant past, here using an apocryphal conceit to retell the story of Jesus as a bearish ex-zealot who, exiled from Palestine for murder and treason, gradually discovers his true identity during a perilous trek to the Far East. Read full book review >

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ALL THOSE VANISHED ENGINES by Paul Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2014

"Park's metafictions have their devotees, but readers just looking for an enjoyable story will look elsewhere."
Science fiction-ish, fantasy-ish, alternate history-ish work in three ostensibly independent parts, from the author of The Hidden World (2008, etc.) Read full book review >

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THE CULT OF LOVING KINDNESS by Paul Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 24, 1991

"Clever, certainly, sometimes admirable, but what it all adds up to is anybody's guess."
Third in Park's Starbridge Chronicles, a fantasy series with literary ambitions, following Sugar Rain (1989). Mr. Sarnath, a nonhuman Treganu exile working as a customs official, observes a mystical sign and resolves to return to his home village, where the Master, a sage whose vapid, trite teachings inspire the Treganu to peace and cooperation, lies dying. Read full book review >

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THE TOURMALINE by Paul Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 11, 2006

"With a point of view that veers abruptly, sometimes in mid-sentence: equal parts disconcerting, fascinating and indecipherable."
Sequel to A Princess of Roumania (not reviewed), Park's weighty alternate-world fantasy, with at least one more promised volume to come. Read full book review >

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CELESTIS by Paul Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Thoughtful, unsettling, and provocative; a pity that Park (The Cult of Loving Kindness, 1991, etc.) didn't develop the underlying ecological assumptions with greater rigor and clarity."
Humans fleeing an ecologically and socially collapsing Earth have founded a colony on Celestis, a planet that keeps one face turned toward its primary. Read full book review >

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THE HIDDEN WORLD by Paul Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"What we end up with is not so much an unreliable narrator as an unreliable viewpoint, and there's far too much going on for most readers to sort out. Still, fans of the previous volumes won't be disappointed."
Fourth and final installment of Park's fantasy (The White Tyger, 2007, etc.) set in an alternate world where Roumania battles Turkey in the trenches of an otherworldly World War One. Read full book review >

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PAUL AUSTER
by J.W. Bonner

We live our lives mostly in the moment, but also attendant to the question of what if?— what if we had lived in that town rather than the one I know? what if my father (or mother) had died? what if my parents had divorced? what if I had attended school X rather than school Y? what if I ...


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PAMELA PAUL
by Claiborne Smith

Readers who know Pamela Paul’s books before she became the editor of the New York Times Book Review know that they are serious works of nonfiction: The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony (2002), Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families (2005), and Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way ...


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WHERE SHERLOCK HOLMES MEETS FANTASY
by John DeNardo

If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd say that nothing in the world is certain except death, taxes, and Sherlock Holmes stories. Sherlock Holmes, the iconic consulting detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887, is a perennial mainstay in the literary world. What's not to like? Holmes' methods of investigation and deductions are flawless and the ...


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FIRST SNOW by Bomi Park
by Bomi Park, illustrated by Bomi Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers will find themselves longing for the season's first snow, too. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little Korean child celebrates the titular first snow. Read full book review >

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MICK HARTE WAS HERE by Barbara Park
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1995

"By the end of the book, readers miss him, too. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's always difficult reading about the death of a child, especially when he's ``one of the neatest kids you'd ever want to meet.'' That's how Phoebe Harte, 13, describes her slightly younger brother Mick, in a poignant story by a writer more associated with making readers laugh (Maxie, Rosie, and Earl—Partners in Grime, 1990, etc.) than cry. Read full book review >