Search Results: "Randy Rawls"


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BEST DEFENSE by Randy Rawls
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 8, 2013

"Fast-moving, genial, surprise-free and utterly routine. Not the best airplane read but definitely one to consider if you're stuck on the tarmac for three extra hours."
A Broward County PI's second meeting with her client takes an unexpected turn when the client turns up dead. Her maid, too, though she's scarcely mentioned thereafter. Read full book review >

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HOT ROCKS by Randy Rawls
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"Designed, like the Spenser novels, mostly to show off how tough and smart-mouthed the detective is. On the plus side, you'll learn a dandy way to extract information from unwilling informants without leaving any marks—and without spending more than a few dollars to purchase an item commonly available from any stationery store."
A South Florida private eye's first recorded case involves a client who isn't a client getting evidence against a cheating husband who isn't her husband and probably isn't even cheating. Read full book review >

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RANDY THE DAYDREAMING DOG by Jan Graveline
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2011

"A perfect choice for those who value weak potty humor, a hollow story and uninspiring animation and interaction. Others would do well to set their alarms before this dream takes shape. (iPad storybook app. 4-7)"
After his master leaves for work, a dog passes the time by daydreaming. Read full book review >

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RANDY RILEY'S REALLY BIG HIT by Chris Van Dusen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A cunning twist on the heroic home run that wins the game. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Randy's first and only home run saves his town from disaster. Read full book review >

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COLLECTED PAPERS by John Rawls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"A convenient and welcome compilation."
A nearly complete collection of Rawls's short essays from 1951 through 1998. Read full book review >

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LECTURES ON THE HISTORY OF MORAL PHILOSOPHY by John Rawls
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An important companion to Rawls's recently published Collected Papers (not reviewed) and a testament to the lasting beneficence of great teachers."
An examination of the philosophies of Hume, Leibniz, Kant, and Hegel—all nicely burnished by contemporary great Rawls (A Theory of Justice, 1971) over three decades at Harvard. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

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FREEWARE by Rudy Rucker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1997

"Rucker regulars, Valley types, diehard cyberpunks, and devotees of old comics like Metal Men and Doom Patrol."
More kooky-future cyberpunk (following the paperbacks Software and Wetware) from the mathematician author of The Hacker and the Ants (1994), etc. ``Moldies'' are artificial lifeforms made of imipolex, a sort of intelligent plastic, combined with algae and fungi (they don't need to eat, drink, or sleep), and can assume several different body shapes; the main ambition of every moldie is to earn enough imipolex to be able to reproduce. Read full book review >

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HAIL OF FIRE by Randy Fritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"The memoir is uneven, but the author admirably hopes to help others who would benefit from therapy but might consider it a sign of weakness."
A memoir of a man devastated by the loss of his home in a forest fire and the therapy that helped him recover. Read full book review >