Search Results: "Phil Lapsley"


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NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2013

"A first-rate chronicle of an unexamined subculture."
A rollicking history of the telephone system and the hackers who exploited its flaws. Read full book review >

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PLAYING THE FIELD by Phil Bildner
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"Too improbable for realism, not sharp enough for farce and simply unconvincing. (Fiction. YA)"
Implausible characterizations and motivations run through this high-school senior's first-person narration of a feud, a crush and making the boys' baseball team. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"With brio and dash, Patton (Dreamland, 1998, etc.) charts the long strange trip of the little bug that became a grand cultural totem."
A peppy, perspicacious cultural history of the Volkswagen. Read full book review >

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TO DREAM OF THE DEAD by Phil Rickman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"As always, Rickman thrives on excess, but readers who take the plunge will enjoy the excellent company of Merrily, Jane, their beaux and DI Bliss (The Fabric of Sin, 2008, etc.)."
A 4,000-year-old archaeological treasure impedes a village's progress. Read full book review >

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LIVING THE SECULAR LIFE by Phil Zuckerman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 2014

"As Zuckerman makes clear, without resorting to smugness, secularity is not nothing but rather a way of living that enhances moral virtues and promotes human decency."
Zuckerman (Sociology and Secular Studies/Pitzer Coll.; Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion, 2011, etc.) seeks to sever the association of secularity with nothingness.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"At least the title is apt: Most of these critics should be abandoned on an island, along with their albums."
Off-key 21st-century reprise of the pioneering anthology Stranded (1979). Read full book review >

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MASK OF THE VERDOY by Phil Lecomber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An engrossing historical murder mystery."
In this first installment of a new mystery series set in Depression-era London, a private detective with a shadowy past goes up against fascists as he tries to solve a boy's murder. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE LORD SPOKE by Phil Bowhay
Released: Aug. 21, 2008

"Lightly likable and none-too-substantive, but pleasant and nostalgic for the demographically similar."
A catchall collection of essays and reminiscences, topped off with some brief fiction, is a pleasant blast of '40s and '50s nostalgia. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER AND THE TIME MACHINE by Phil Scrima
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 26, 2013

"An often engaging sci-fi yarn about a journey to save the Earth that will continue in a planned sequel."
A man known only as the Stranger embarks on an adventure through time and space to save the Earth in Scrima's (From All Sides, 2011, etc.) sci-fi novel. Read full book review >