Search Results: "Phillip F. Schewe"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"A fascinating account of an iconoclastic scientific polymath and the lively collection of scientists who were his friends."
The remarkable life and times of Freeman Dyson, whose broad-ranging contributions to modern science included quantum physics, the exploration of space, genetic engineering and more. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 17, 2012

"Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival. (photographs, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
As he did in The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004), Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through a single bird species, but there is hope for survival in this story, and that hope is pinned on understanding the remarkable longevity of a single bird. Read full book review >

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NAM-A-RAMA by Phillip Jennings
Released: March 1, 2005

"Veterans and military fans may be entertained, but the general audience will likely founder on the whimsy."
Tall tales of the flying war in Vietnam mix successfully, for the most part, with adventures both amusing and hair-raising in Southeast Asia. Read full book review >

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THE BURNING MAN by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite the hints of grand conspiracy and grand passion, Margolin (After Dark, 1995, etc.) leaves too little meat on these bones for any but the staunchest fans of legal intrigue, with hollow surprises that arrive too late to save his puny plot."
An Oregon lawyer exiled from Portland to the sticks grabs at a high-profile murder case as his one and only chance to turn his life around—and that's only the most obvious clichÇ in this pot of refried beans. ``You possess the intelligence to be a good lawyer, but you're lazy and self-centered,'' Peter Hale's father harangues him just after Peter's arrogance and incompetence shut a client out of a well-deserved settlement, and just before he banishes him to legal serfdom in backwoods Whitaker. Read full book review >

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WULFSYARN by Phillip Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Mann manages to talk about important human issues (original sin, genocide) without sacrificing old-fashioned storytelling and entertainment: impressive and well worth reading."
The fourth by New Zealander Mann (The Eye of the Queen, 1983, etc.—not reviewed): a complex study of a spaceship disaster in a well-drawn multicultural future society. Read full book review >

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THE GOD MODEL by Phillip Shirvington
NON-FICTION

"A thought-provoking, if ultimately unconvincing, analysis of the human impulse toward religion.

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A short but densely packed attempt to construct a sort of unified theory of God. Read full book review >

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PROOF POSITIVE by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2006

"Margolin is never going to be a poster boy for stylish prose, but this is a briskly paced, cleverly plotted, long-overdue switch on all those heroic forensics guys."
In her third appearance, Oregon defense attorney Amanda Jaffe (Ties That Bind, 2003, etc.) takes on a CSI tech who thinks he's God. Read full book review >

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THE BARROWFIELDS by Phillip Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Promising but unfocused, this finely wrought debut novel would've benefited from more ruthless editing."
Amid family tragedy, a young man flees the peculiar home of his youth only to return years later. Read full book review >

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Idolatry, Leadership, and Terrorism by Phillip Williams
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"A thoughtful if unfortunately truncated analysis of modern terrorism."
Debut author Williams confronts the violent emergence of terrorism by appraising its root causes in modernity itself. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though Manning's contribution is dwarfed by David Quammen's Song of the Dodo, it's in the tradition of much wildlife management: another small, incremental benefit to be valued."
Manning's (Afoot in the South, not reviewed) compendious tour of ten wildlife refuges clarifies the tribulations of such establishments, as well as their critical importance. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF MY BODY by Phillip Lopate
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A mature voice honestly and humorously addressing a variety of universals through carefully observed particulars."
At once intimate and objective, Lopate's (Bachelorhood, 1981, etc.) further personal essays meander through the latest stages of his life, continuing their sophisticated, witty explorations of it. Read full book review >

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THE ASSOCIATE by Phillip Margolin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Bland people, implausible plotting. Here, Margolin, who has tilled the legal thriller field with no mean success (Wild Justice, 2000, etc.), does little more than go through the motions."
Humdrum legal thriller about a young lawyer who trusts his firm way more than he should. Read full book review >