Search Results: "Rick C. Spears"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A superbly provocative topic drained of all its color. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Halls' alien investigation is about as exciting as your neighbor's vacation slides for the third time. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Eye candy for younger fans. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Several dozen smiling, brightly patterned dinos clomp across the spreads, with their names, sizes, naming dates and other data marching below on a running footer. Read full book review >

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C by Tom McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Flawed but fascinating."
An ambitious, epochal second novel from the author of Remainder (2007). Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR MUMMIES by Kelly Milner Halls
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Though two photos are repeated and the portrait gallery of scientists is capped with a profile of eminent specialist Dr. Karen Chin, in which she's labeled 'a girl who loves digging up dinosaur doo doo,' this is definitely a must, as useful as it is entertaining. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Despite some minor bobbles, young dinosaur fans will latch onto this heavily illustrated report like starving velociraptors at a picnic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

"Descola's fine ethnographic writing, along with his critical remarks on the anthropological enterprise, make this book of a piece with LÇvi-Strauss's landmark Tristes Tropiques. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An uncommonly well written ethnology of a part of the world much imagined and little visited. Read full book review >

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SPEARS OF GOD by Howard V. Hendrix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 28, 2006

"Though Hendrix tends to gnaw his ideas to bits, he has a genuine knack for writing snappy, realistic action sequences; pity he obliges his readers to slog through what seems like hundreds of pages of exposition to reach them."
Near-future quasi-sequel to Better Angels (1999), about a space-fungus that, when ingested by humans, produces cosmically connected mental development, and what-all besides. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Despite occasional stumbles—the authors can't seem to agree on just how many times the 'Skunk Ape' has been sighted in the Southeastern U.S.—a delight for casual browsers and for would-be cryptozoologists alike. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
So do they exist, or don't they? Read full book review >

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FORMAT C: by Edwin Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1999

"Others, perhaps, will not, although Black throughout shows great smarts and at times displays virtuoso rhetoric. (First printing of 50,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Massively conceived, neatly chiseled computer novel that begins on the wrong foot with lists of consumer goods enjoyed by a sybaritic hero only a Honda Del Sol salesman could love. Read full book review >

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RICK IS SICK by David McPhail
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"This format seems intended for classroom use and includes guided reading and Reading Recovery levels for teachers. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Rick the bear and his pal, Jack the rabbit, star in their second emergent reader, featuring just one or two short and simple sentences per page. Read full book review >

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JACK AND RICK by David McPhail
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Children who are just learning to sound out basic vocabulary will enjoy this amusing tale, one of several that McPhail has created for the Green Light easy reader series. (Easy reader. 5-7)"
No one can beat McPhail (I Love You Because You're You, 2001, etc.) at illustrations of bears, and Rick the bear joins a long list of the artist's ursine charmers who can't fail to win over young readers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2005

"An Israeli version of Anthony Swofford's Jarhead (2004), both hard-nosed and thoughtful—and most illuminating."
A nuanced view of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by a former foot soldier in the long war. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE C by William H. Gass
Released: March 12, 2013

"Gass, now 88, clearly has endings on his mind, which he addresses with fearsome brio and wit."
Misanthropy, atrocity, the Midwest—Gass revisits some familiar themes in this novel, though this ride is smoother than its epic predecessor, The Tunnel (1995). Read full book review >