Search Results: "Robert Sheckley"


BOOK REVIEW

DRACONIAN NEW YORK by Robert Sheckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"If he weren't under the gun himself, Hob (The Alternative Detective, 1993) would surely advise you to pace yourself guzzling this whimsy."
In order to raise $10,000 to hang on to his idyllic retreat on the Spanish island of Ibiza, eternal hippie Hobart Draconian asks his old acquaintance, model agent Max Rosen, for work, and Max offers him $10,000 to squire aspiring model Aurora Sanchez from New York to Max's side in Paris. Read full book review >

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GODSHOME by Robert Sheckley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 7, 1999

"Time was when Sheckley routinely turned out terrific SF short stories, though his novels have always been poor; here, the framework's broadly amusing but few laughs bubble up through the increasingly desperate improvisation."
First solo appearance for Sheckley since Dramocles (1983) following a series of comedy collaborations with the late Roger Zelazny (A Farce to be Reckoned With, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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SOMA BLUES by Robert Sheckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 24, 1997

"Enough art dealers, dope dealers, incognito presidents of emerging nations, and unwelcome weekend guests to send you happily off to dreamland, where this wild tale's mad lapses of logic may actually make sense."
Because Hob Draconian, of the Alternative Detective Agency (Draconian New York, 1996, etc.), once knew Stanley Bower, the drug dealer lying murdered in a Paris street, Inspector Emile Fauchon thinks Hob can help identify the two men who killed him. Read full book review >

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THE ALTERNATIVE DETECTIVE by Robert Sheckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"It's great to see the grand old man back in grand old style."
Hobart Draconian runs the Alternative Detective Agency out of Snuff's Landing, New Jersey, where he lives with his latest wife Mylar and her unfulfilled lover Sheldon, the IRS agent who's auditing Hob's books. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1995

"Witty, sometimes, but, alas, not funny—a disappointing affair that gives the impression of muddled and rather desperate improvisation."
The third collaborative fantasy (If at Faust You Don't Succeed, 1993, etc.) to feature the cunning demon Azzie Elbub and his attempts to tip the balance away from Good and towards Bad. Read full book review >

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IF AT FAUST YOU DON'T SUCCEED by Roger Zelazny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Readers familiar with the Faust legend and medieval history in general will get an extra kick out of this one—and it's certainly the best novel-length work from either of the authors in well over a decade."
Zelazny and Sheckley return to the premise of Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991): a millennial contest between Good and Evil for control of mankind's destiny. Read full book review >

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BRING ME THE HEAD OF PRINCE CHARMING by Roger Zelazny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"A pleasant diversion and some laughs, but this collaboration is not the equal of either author's best work."
On the face of it, this collaborative novel sounds perfect: Zelazny has always had one of the most inventive imaginations in the genre, and in his prime Sheckley was a brilliant humorist and one of sf's finest short-story writers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT REDFORD by Michael Feeney Callan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2011

"A gripping, intimate treatment of one of cinema's last great iconic stars."
The life and times of the Sundance Kid. Read full book review >