Search Results: "Robert B. Laughlin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"A work of intricate research free of hype, offering serious pros and cons with a sometimes whimsical flourish."
Nobel Prize winner Laughlin (Physics/Stanford Univ.; The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind, 2008, etc.) invites readers on an "armchair journey" to a future devoid of petroleum, coal and natural gas, proposing alternative resources. Read full book review >

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FROM SOMALIA, WITH LOVE by Na’ima B. Robert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"But for readers willing to work, Safia is worth knowing. (glossary) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Somalia is still in the news after years of civil war, and its war refugees go to many countries. Read full book review >

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PLAYMATES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1989

"Thinly plotted, including one highly extraneous murder—but fast, breezy, and with enough of the usual trimmings (fancy cooking, smart one-liners, tough-guy preening) to please undemanding fans."
Which came first—the "Spenser" TV series or the Spenser novels that read like run-of-the-mill television scripts? Read full book review >

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HIDDEN HISTORIES OF SCIENCE by Robert B. Silvers
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"An excellent examination of important issues in the biological sciences; a companion volume discussing the physical sciences in similar style and depth would be a welcome addition to the New York Review catalogue."
Based on a series of popular lectures at the New York Public Library, this collection features original essays by leading writers and thinkers in the sciences: Jonathan Miller, Stephen Jay Gould, Daniel J. Kevles, R.C. Lewontin, and Oliver Sacks. Read full book review >

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Death of a Messenger by Robert B. McCaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A tautly paced, impressively accomplished police procedural marking the beginning of a promising mystery series."
Hawaii forms the lush backdrop for a veteran detective's attempt to foil a grisly murder plot involving priceless looted artifacts. Read full book review >

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HUGGER MUGGER by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 3, 2000

"The famous dialogue is polished to a high shine, and though Hugger-Mugger gets a bit helter-skelter down the stretch, it's a terrific return to form."
Feeling somewhat out of his element, Spenser nevertheless hires on when Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, offers him this horse-watching gig. Read full book review >

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PAPER DOLL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"With more mystery than most Spenser tales, and with the emphasis on sins of the soul, this is Parker as Chandler—and very well done."

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PERISH TWICE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"214) to show up."
Artist/shamus Sunny Randall's second case (Family Honor, 1999) might be called A Tale of Two Stalkers. Read full book review >

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OLYMPUS CONFIDENTIAL by Robert B. Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2014

"In his second caper (Murder on Olympus, 2013) Plato plays Bob Hope to Felix's Bing Crosby, keeping the plot rattling blissfully along with cartoonish action and wisecracks aplenty."
Olympian shamus Plato Jones faces his toughest assignment yet: breaking out of prison. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPARE CHANGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2007

"What's left is what's always left even in Parker's worst: the knowing, laconic dialogue, the endless posturing, the nuggets of hard-won wisdom you never could've come up with yourself."
Sunny Randall joins her father, pulled out of retirement, and every cop in Boston to catch a serial killer who's skipped a generation. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL DAYS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Spenser's most wide-ranging, deeply felt and penetrating case in years, one that will leave you wondering why, as one kid says, violence doesn't break out at schools more often."
Just when you thought the Spenser saga (Cold Service, 2005, etc.) had tailed off into attitude and wryly clipped trash talk, Parker socks another home run with a tale ripped from not-so-recent headlines. Read full book review >

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SEA CHANGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Though every single character has, at most, two speeds—furtive self-concealment and blustering wisecracks—Jesse's fifth case (after Stone Cold, 2003) is strong enough to rank near his best."
A ravaged corpse that bobs to the surface of Paradise Harbor during Race Week leads Jesse Stone to a surprisingly intricate case of sex and murder. Read full book review >