Search Results: "Robert Sheckley"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

LINUS THE VEGETARIAN T. REX by Robert Neubecker
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"Though they may have fun with it, readers' attempts to sink their teeth into this story will find them gummed up with uncertain conclusions. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This dino with a penchant for greenery means well, but his tale is clearly hampered by its confusing message. Read full book review >

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RAHOOLA'S SONG by Robert Anke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A worthy-enough lesson in a passable package. An additional title at best. (Picture book. 4-7)"
All that glitters can turn a raccoon's head, but how much is enough? Read full book review >

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WINTER IN WHITE by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2007

"The twirling skater is particularly impressive, but from the opening whirl of snowflakes to the closing view of a pair of doves tying the bow on a gift, this brims with seasonal joie de vivre. (Novelty. 6-8)"
As a visual bonbon for holiday giving or display, Sabuda offers a small, Christmas-themed stocking stuffer. Read full book review >