Search Results: "Robert Rankin"


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JEANNETTE RANKIN by Gretchen Woelfle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"A welcome addition to the short list of titles for young readers about this important figure. (timeline, bibliography, source notes, index not seen) (Biography. 9-14)"
Jeannette Rankin was born in Montana and spent her life working hard for women and for peace. Read full book review >

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JEANNETTE RANKIN by Trish Marx
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Rankin is a standard roster entry in collective biographies of women in politics, but this is the first standalone for young readers in more than ten years—and definitely the most memorable. (Biography. 10-12)"
An engrossing profile of a lifelong peace activist who was also the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Read full book review >

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NECROPHENIA by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2008

"The publisher describes Rankin as a 'beloved British Eccentric.' Wrong. He's a total wack job. But if you can understand him, you'll find, oddly enough, that the more you think about it, the funnier it gets."
Once again, Mankind faces doom in another indescribable Elvis-filled gumshoe fantasy grab-bag, Rankin's 30th outing (The Da-Da-De-Da-Da Code, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DA-DA-DE-DA-DA CODE by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Downright obnoxious once or twice, amusing about as often, but nearly always clever and witty: Well worth a try, though Rankin's in no danger of knocking fantasy-comedy maestro Terry Pratchett off his perch anytime soon."
Transcendent parody from Rankin (The Toyminator, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE WITCHES OF CHISWICK by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"Attention-deficit SF humor: like Douglas Adams on a sugar high."
Will Starling saves the world from itself, if he can survive all the puns. Read full book review >

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THE TOYMINATOR by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"Inspired lunacy that will be relished by anyone with a taste for humor in the bawdy, irreverent, smart-alecky, wisecracking British style."
A gleefully mad collision between self-referential movie script and gumshoe noir/alien-abduction parody that mostly defies synopsis. Read full book review >

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THE BRIGHTONOMICON by Robert Rankin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A decent introduction to an author who never saw a pun he didn't like, and a definite improvement over The Witches of Chiswick (2004)."
Rankin, a bestseller in England, returns to lunacy with the eighth in his ever-growing Brentford "trilogy." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"More appreciation than critique. Cabell's biggest achievement is an annotated guide to Rankin first editions and comprehensive cast lists and episode summaries of the TV series."
An analysis of much-lauded crime writer Ian Rankin's relationship with his iconoclastic detective John Rebus. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fascinating insight into British politics through the life of someone who knew everyone of significance, and who possessed an unusual capacity to tell the truth, however much it hurt him. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A masterly biography of Robert Boothby, a Conservative politician now little remembered, whose Parliamentary career spanned more than 50 years during the interwar and post-WW II period. Read full book review >