Search Results: "Ray Kurzweil"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"An attractive picture of a plausible future; in 20 years, we may know if it actually works."
Worried about the Singularity? Fear not—here's the lowdown from an expert. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Heavy going in spots, but an extremely provocative glimpse of what the next few decades may well hold."
What will the world look like when computers are smarter than their owners? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A fascinating exercise in futurology."
A pioneering developer of optical character recognition and text-to-speech software explores the possibility of creating a synthetic neocortex that could surpass the human mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEON AND THE SPITTING IMAGE by Allen Kurzweil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This will probably not matter to young readers who think that spit is the funniest thing since underpants. (Fiction. 8-10)"
At least as appealing as fictional toilets and underpants, is spit, which figures prominently in this tale of wish-fulfillment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYING COUCH by Amy Kurzweil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A debut that enriches and extends the potential of graphic narrative."
An ambitious debut by a graphic artist whose work succeeds on multiple levels, both visually and in terms of the textual narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Though aimed at the book-as-toy market, this would be an appealing addition to a craft or science-fair shelf. (Informational gamebook. 8-14)"
Potatoes, potato chips and their packaging provide the materials for this entertaining, pun-filled collection of 29 science demonstrations and experiments plus one crunchy cookie recipe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRAND COMPLICATION by Allen Kurzweil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2001

"Every bit as entertaining as it is sophisticated and elusive."
The search for an antique pocket watch animates a surprisingly dramatic battle of wits and wills, in an engaging intellectual thriller, only the second novel from the formidably gifted author of the 1992 critical success A Case of Curiosities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CASE OF CURIOSITIES by Allen Kurzweil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A leaden exercise that (unlike, say, Patrick SÅskind's Perfume, another recent journey into 18th-century France) opens no new windows into the past."
This odd first novel, set in 18th-century Europe, begins with the removal of an unusual mole (a collector's item for the surgeon) and ends with one ingenious mechanical object (a Talking Head) being severed by another (a guillotine): things, in other words, get as much play as people in a novel that sometimes reads more like a museum tour. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE T.F. LETTERS by Karen Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers in the know will appreciate the creative adult-child communication and picture Alex's parents grappling to smooth her adjustment; others will settle for believing, as Alex does, in magic. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Suddenly, Alex Vandershoot is going through a lot of changes, losing her first tooth, and facing her family's move to California from Texas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Full of visual aids and a lead-by-example attitude, this refreshing book of recipes is a useful tool in promoting a healthy lifestyle and gradual weight loss."
A guide for dieters who like to keep food journals, measure portions and count calories. Read full book review >