Search Results: "Richard Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECOND SHIP by Richard Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Audience issues aside, The Second Ship deserves a second installment."
A conventional but quick-witted sci-fi tale that suffers from a mild case of genre confusion. Read full book review >

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TUSCALOOSA by Glasgow Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"A tightly controlled, masterful debut with a unique voice: this 24-year-old author's gift for character, drama, and ironic understatement should take him far."
A passive-aggressive southern boy puts his past to rest in this debut novel: a honey-voiced tale edged with pitch-black humor and simmering with intimations of violence. Read full book review >

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WOMAN IN THE DARK by T.J. Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Spottily entertaining."
The follow-up to Dance of the Mongoose (1995) finds the author's New Yorkbased playwright-detective Joe Wilder renewing an old friendship with Jenny Hughs from the Virgin Islands, where they both grew up. Read full book review >

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NIGHTSHADE by Robert Phillips
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"For such, this is a useful collection; but aficionados may find they already own nearly half of its contents."
This successor to Phillips's successful 1989 collection, The Triumph of the Night, likewise fulfills critic Edmund Wilson's prescription for an anthology offering "stories by really first-rate modern writers" that favor psychological nuance over Gothic paraphernalia. Read full book review >

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A DISTANT SHORE by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2003

"Harsh and sad, but worth the trip."
An unlikely couple seek shelter from the brutal chill of northern English attitudes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 1996

This hit parade of psychological and mythical views of a basic family bond teems with good intentions but fails to spark with originality or humanistic warmth. Read full book review >

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THE SONG IS YOU by Arthur Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"Still, the novel's clashing harmonies seduce and fascinate. And Phillips still looks like the best American novelist to have emerged during the present decade."
A betrayed husband's fascination with a charismatic singer is given several intriguing twists in this subtle fourth novel from the versatile Phillips (Angelica, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOUDINI’S BOX by Adam Phillips
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2001

"No blinding insights here, but rather a scaffolding of Freudian interpretation that feels highly provisional when not downright rickety."
Tentative explorations into what it means to escape, from noted British psychoanalyst Phillips (The Beast in the Nursery, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2001

"Intellectually stimulating and refreshingly unbiased."
In his new collection of essays, Phillips (The Beast in the Nursery, 1998, etc.), former principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, attempts to wed his first love (literature) with his second (psychoanalysis). Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH DRAMA by Debra Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A tiresome attempt at contemporary romance."
Set in the gated communities of Los Angeles, studded with luxury goods of all kinds, an ostensibly comic romance recounts one very spoiled young woman's journey to the altar. Read full book review >

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HIGH HAND by Gary Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Here's hoping Phillips buffs up his prose, because Chainey's too good to give up."
Even Ross Macdonald produced occasional howlers like "prone on her back," but in this series icebreaker by the creator of Ivan Monk (Bad Night Is Falling, 1998, etc.), a veritable fusillade of solecisms ("looking for an egress into the Apex building" is merely the most egregious) mars the otherwise brilliant debut of Martha Chainey. Read full book review >