Search Results: "Rodney A. Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

RODNEY by Dick Baldwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2007

"Readers who giggle at the wacky character names-as well as those who have exhausted the Christopher Moore catalog and are craving more silly vampires-may sate their bloodlust with this over-the-top debut."
A teenaged slacker becomes a vampire in this loony first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROOKS by Doug Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nice guys do not always finish last, but they also do not necessarily make the most compelling subjects for biography."
Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, 2013) delivers a pedestrian treatment of an impressive baseball player and admirable man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and (mostly) accessible."
Australian-born Brooks, director of MIT's renowned Artificial Intelligence Lab and chairman of iRobot Corp., offers a unique perspective on the past, present, and future of robotics. Read full book review >

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE SUPREME COURT by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A yawner from the Fourth Estate."
Eight legal correspondents and two law professors submit workmanlike essays on some major decisions of the 199293 Supreme Court. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE'S RODNEY? by Carmen Bogan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Combining the amazement offered by the natural world with an unconventional and poignant dose of social commentary, this story gives more to its readers than what meets the eye. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Can-never-sit-still Rodney really wants to be outside, but it seems the world conspires against his urges—but now, Rodney finally makes it outside, "more outside than [he's] ever been before." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BROOKS' STORY NOOK by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"While sequels can sometimes be disappointing, readers and listeners who enjoyed Miss Brooks' first appearance will likely be very happy to find out what happens next—and they just might be inspired to create some tall tales of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Energetic, book-loving Miss Brooks is back, as is Missy, the grumpy, stumpy, hat-wearing reluctant reader-turned-bookworm who is her biggest fan (Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't), 2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT’S LIFE, SAMARA BROOKS by Daniel Ehrenhaft
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A few funny, touching moments cannot save this convoluted mess. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ridiculous theories of science and the paranormal destroy a promising story of nature vs. nurture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREE SPEECH IN AN OPEN SOCIETY by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1992

"An excellent and important work."
A superb exposition of the significance of free speech and an analysis of how to preserve it in our increasingly complex society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Rodney and Rachel by Carol Nordquist
Released: Dec. 2, 2015

"While the book's lengthy prose seems aimed at lap readers, the soft illustrations and gentle tale make it an excellent choice for bedtime."
A mouse couple learn the value of trust and love in this illustrated retelling of the Noah's Ark story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Flowers for Rodney by Kristine E. Brickey
Released: June 3, 2014

"A YA tale about smart choices, family secrets and peer pressure.
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A mother's love has not been enough to save her teenage son from increasingly delinquent behavior in this realistic young-adult novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Or, in this case, material for literary eavesdropping, either."
An unremarkable correspondence between two remarkable southern men of letters at the forefronts of the New Critics and the Fugitive poets, respectively. Read full book review >