Search Results: "Philip Simpson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE REMAINS OF LOVE by Zeruya Shalev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Intended as a careful meditation on love, it's mostly a somber and drowsy one."
Two siblings ponder radical changes to their lives—emphasis on the pondering—in the face of their mother's imminent passing. Read full book review >

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ADIEL by Shlomo DuNour
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A New Age Old Testament, at once pompous and vapid."
The Greatest Story Ever Told, sort of. Set in the age of Genesis and narrated by an angel, Adiel (winner of the 1999 Jerusalem Literary Prize) is a very weird history of the world as written down by Israeli novelist DuNour (Yet Another, 1978, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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SIX ISRAELI NOVELLAS by GershoN Shaked
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"An attractive volume, and a very rewarding one."
A fine collection of long stories written over an approximate quarter-century (1965-89) by several of Israel's most prominent writers. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF STRENGTH by Shulamit Lapid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"A confrontational meditation on feminism and Israel's place in history."
A young woman finds inner strength in a desert that would become Israel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALEPPO TALES by Haim Sabato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"In all, a thoughtful and affecting addition to the literature of the Diaspora."
Three novella-length tales chronicle a devout family whose experiences parallel recent Jewish history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UNICORN VS. GOBLINS by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of the series may appreciate its untiring comedic banter, but the endless sparkles and running jokes start to lose a bit of their luster, making this feel a bit like a one-trick pony—er, unicorn. (Graphic fantasy. 7-12)"
In this third installment, Phoebe and her unicorn find themselves encountering yet more whimsical hilarity. Read full book review >

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PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN by Dana Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A sweet, spun-sugar confection just right for unicorn fans. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A pink, bubble-gum bonbon of a tale spun of a likable, albeit self-centered, fourth-grader and her magical, self-obsessed, although sometimes-kind, unicorn. Read full book review >

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STRANGE ORBIT by Margaret Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1995

"This deus-ex-machina conclusion seems fitting for this unlikely, incredible adventure, which loses its excitement and any realism just when the fun should really begin. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Jessica Baron is a smart and likeable British teen who leaps at the chance to join the crew of the first children's moon landing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANCIENT ROME by Judith Simpson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"The text is clear and interesting, but brief; the book is an introduction, and readers who want more in-depth coverage will have to look elsewhere. (maps, charts, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A portrait of ancient Rome, divided into four sections: ``The Roman World,'' ``Living in the Empire,'' ``Expansion and Empire,'' and ``The Fall of Rome.'' Along the way it covers the usual topics for this type of book—family life, education, farming—as well as more unusual topics, including the siege of Masada, appearing in a beautifully done four-page fold-out. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD AND GONE by Dorothy Simpson
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Straightforward and absorbing, deftly written and adroitly plotted: another quiet winner for Simpson."
Another of the author's literate explorations of life and death in the town of Sturrenden and environs, where Inspector Luke Thanet and his faithful Sergeant Lineham bear the brunt of infrequent murder investigations (Once Too Often, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAKE THE DEAD by Dorothy Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Wordy but solidly reasoned plotting and mildly interesting characters provide another in Simpson's leisurely, literate series in the British Traditional mode."
Inspector Thanet and sturdy aide Sergeant Lineham are faced once more with a stubbornly resistant puzzle (Doomed to Die, 1991, etc.)—this time when elderly, autocratic Isobel Fairleigh is found smothered to death in her sickbed while the annual charity fàte surges busily outside, on the grounds of Thaxden Hall. Read full book review >