Search Results: "Robert B. Talisse"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Although it may ultimately fail to attract its intended audience, an intriguing view of the complexities of modern atheism."
An investigation into the moral value of atheism for the faithful set. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN CRITTERS by Robert B. Haas
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"In an afterword, the author explains his presentation as 'artistic license' to represent his emotional experience, but it, like the cover montage, may misrepresent the animals' world. (glossary, index, references) (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
Striking photocollages, most in lush color, illustrate, sometimes problematically, this wildlife photographer's account of adventures in animal preserves in southern Africa. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Short and lively, this is a timely contribution to making the ongoing discussion more productive."
Reich (Public Policy/Univ. of California, Berkeley; Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future, 2011, etc.) spells out what he thinks citizens need to do to ensure Washington acts on behalf of the public good, not special interests. Read full book review >

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BOY VS. GIRL by Na’ima B. Robert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Simple but interesting, and certainly timely. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A pair of Pakistani twins, a boy and a girl, struggles to grow up in England while trying to follow Islam. Read full book review >

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PERCHANCE TO DREAM by Robert B. Parker
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

An honorable sequel to The Big Sleep (1939), Raymond Chandler's—and p.i. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DEUCE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 8, 1992

"Nothing new, just Parker marking perfect time: Spenser fans will love it."
Spenser and Hawk take on a black street-gang while, on the domestic front, Susan persuades Spenser to move in: more hard-boiled mystery with a runny yolk from the ever-entertaining Parker. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN PARADISE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"What they won't find this time is enough action, detection, or real mystery to keep a self-respecting short story from starving to death."
The regular evening game of the Paradise Men's Softball League is interrupted when the body of a young woman floats to the surface of the adjacent lake. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Though his prose is sometimes florid, Asprey has made splendid use of newfound materials and given us the best account yet of WW I German strategy. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Even allowing for the destruction of the German WW I military archives during the allied bombing of Potsdam, the absence of studies of the German side of that war has been remarkable—a deficiency, however, excellently remedied here by noted military- historian Asprey (Frederick the Great, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >

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STONE COLD by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Jesse preens less than the better-known Spenser and earns his male posturing more completely through his appealing vulnerability. Good-bye, Mr. Second String: A star is born."
After waiting in Spenser's long shadow for three cases, alcoholic small-town police chief Jesse Stone (Death in Paradise, 2001, etc.) comes into his own big-time when he goes up against a husband-and-wife pair of serial killers. Read full book review >

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PASTIME by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 1991

Parker continues his high rebound (begun with his Chandleresque Poodle Springs and last year's Spenser yarn, Stardust) with a sequel to Early Autumn (1980) that's even more vibrant than the original, which Spenser fans will remember as one of the Boston p.i.'s most personal, resonant cases. Read full book review >

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STARDUST by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 1990

"But the repartee along the way is better than in other recent Spensers; there's a blessed minimum of the sleuth's cooking and preening; and Parker's TV-series experience shows nicely in the irreverent detailing of on-location production and show-biz dealings."
Spenser of Boston in another TV-episode-sized, awfully familiar scenario: this time he's hired to guard the temperamental star of a TV series (shooting on location in Boston) and to find how who, if anyone, has been terrorizing her with nasty phone calls and such. Read full book review >