Search Results: "Philip Ridley"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 1992

"Blithe and quick, the book could be accused of offering simplistic solutions to problems like unemployment and bullies, as well as crocodile fighting; humor, clearly, would be its winning defense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frizzy-haired, knobby-kneed Ruskin Splinter, age nine, believes himself eminently suited to play the lead—a hero capable of slaying dragons—in St. Read full book review >

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KASPER IN THE GLITTER by Philip Ridley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Riddell's black-and-white drawings have an expressive, graphic-novel-style sophistication, but can't leaven this leaden effort. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Enticing young people to leave the brightly lit Glitter and join him in the decrepit part of town known as The Gloom, a parent-hating, teenage bully sets himself up as King Streetwise in this plodding British farce from Ridley (Krindlekrax, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Worth a look for anyone with a strong interest in the biological sciences."
For all the talk of "selfish genes," there's considerable evidence that advanced life evolved from cooperation between genes. Read full book review >

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THROWING ROSES by Elizabeth Ridley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"A promising writer, but material that remains unformed."
After receiving a head injury in a serious car accident, 17- year-old Branda Raggan develops an appreciation of damaged and disfigured people everywhere—and eventually finds love among them- -in a small, scope-less first novel from Wisconsin writer Ridley. Read full book review >

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BEYOND RECOGNITION by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"But it's the richness of incident and the control of pace that'll keep them dangling as he switches gears each time you think the story's got to be winding down in this exhilarating entertainment. (Author tour)"
Patricia Cornwell could take lessons from Sgt. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST VICTIM by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1999

"Not even Pearson's niftiest action sequences can make up for the ho-hum forensics, the colorless villain, and the absence of any real urgency in the rescue. The master of the big-league police thriller has struck out in his own park. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The smuggling of illegal aliens may be big business, but it makes for a surprisingly flat thriller for Seattle Police Lt. Lou Boldt (The Pied Piper, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2002 by Matt Ridley
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Year to year, this science series has become something of a treasured literary institution, and Ridley gives us yet another jewel."
Annual selection of some of the country's most illuminating recent popular-science articles. Read full book review >

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MAXIMILIAN AND JUAREZ by Jasper Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"Eight-page photo insert—not seen)."
Impressively researched but flatfooted history of Mexico's mid-19th-century struggles for independence, as personified by the main antagonists, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and the Zapotec Indian Benito Ju†rez. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Nicely told, but lacking depth and highly slanted."
Another on the religious persecutions promulgated by the much-unloved Tudor monarch, this time presented in a lively if highly partisan style reminiscent of John Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF EVERYTHING by Matt Ridley
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Like Malcolm Gladwell, Ridley's taste for counterintuitive arguments often oversimplifies and ignores contradictory evidence, but he provides a wild ride, almost too thought-provoking to read for long stretches but difficult to put down."
Evolution, a phenomenon without an underlying plan that explains life's development, has convinced scientists, if not the general public, but authorities still debate whether Darwin's theory applies to human society. Veteran science writer Ridley (The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, 2010) investigates.Read full book review >

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MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2000

"Reliable thrills from a pro, though only about half of Pearson's usual 12 cylinders are firing this time out. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild selection; first printing of 125,000; $300,000)"
No, it's not murder this time—just a series of violent robberies: only the first sign that master-plotter Pearson (The First Victim, 1999, etc.) has taken some of his accustomed edge off Lt. Lou Boldt's latest case. Read full book review >