Search Results: "Ptolemy Tompkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A fascinating, impassioned hybrid of memoir and divine supposition."
Former Guideposts editor Tompkins (The Divine Life of Animals: One Man's Quest to Discover Whether the Souls of Animals Live On, 2010, etc.) plumbs theories on mortality and the prospects of an afterlife. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

The ambivalent autobiography of the man whose father, Peter Tompkins, cowrote The Secret Life of Plants and other infamous works of the '70s. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Not nearly so vague and self-absorbed as most works of this genre: a worthwhile effort."
From the son of New Age guru Peter Tompkins, engagingly frank recollections of an adolescent search for wisdom among the usual suspects—Tao, Buddha, and Castañeda—whose prescriptions turn out, on closer examination, to be no more enlightening or realistic than conventional nostrums. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Though saddled with the burden of tangible proof, Alexander's impassioned report nevertheless forms a buoyant testimonial."
An afterlife proponent expounds upon the existence of heaven. Read full book review >

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THE LAST DAYS OF PTOLEMY GREY by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2010

"Borrowing from Faust, the Iliad and Gran Torino, Mosley (Known to Evil, 2010, etc.) unforgettably transforms Ptolemy's cacophony of memories into a powerful symphony that makes him 'into many men from out of all the lives he had lived through the decades.'"
An ancient man living in solitary squalor in Los Angeles is offered an experimental medicine that just might beat back his creeping dementia—and will almost certainly kill him in the process. Read full book review >

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TIMMY TOMPKINS' AWESOME FANTASY COMIC BOOK SUPERHERO ADVENTURE by Storypanda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 3, 2013

"Budding authors may be tempted to weigh in, but the cheap yuks and the overall design seem less funny than overcaffeinated. (iPad storybook app. 7-9)"
Despite loudly colored cartoon art, ornate poster-style text and a rewrite option, this introduction to a pipsqueak with superhero dreams just spins its wheels. Read full book review >

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WEST OF EVERYTHING by Jane Tompkins
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Some academic clinkers, but mainly right down to sod. (Ten halftones—not seen.)"
``...the bodies of the silent men of Company C lay wide-eyed to the rain and bare-chested to the wind...dead now in the long grass on a lonely hill, west of everything.'' So ends a paragraph of Louis L`Amour's Hondo, a work that readers of Tompkins's rapt reevaluation of the ecstasies of Western novels, film, and icons will come to revere as much as does Tompkins herself (English/Duke Univ.). Read full book review >

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THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC by Mark Tompkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The bones of a great fantasy are here, but most readers will find the book slow going."
A half-goddess, a Vatican mercenary, kings, queens, warriors, and faery creatures battle for control of Ireland in this historical fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"While a nonstressful, nonconfrontational school environment is a wonderful goal, Tompkins offers little practical advice on how to attain it."
Tompkins's whiny musings on the state of American education, told through her own story of a lifetime in academia. Read full book review >

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THE DROWNING KING  by Emily Holleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Holleman's gift of characterization will have readers rooting for all three Egyptian royals, hoping against historical fact that this sibling rivalry has no losers—at least not until the next installment."
Second in Holleman's series about the last of the pharaohs that began with Cleopatra's Shadows (2015). Read full book review >