Search Results: "Rodney Stark"


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 >

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STARK by Edward Bunker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 3, 2008

"Ellroy's introduction pronounces this fledgling effort, presumably written around 1970, 'a prophecy of the fine writer Mr. Bunker would become.' Strike 'fine,' exactly the wrong word for Bunker's real gifts, and that description is spot-on."
This recently discovered first novel by Bunker (1933-2005), who wrote his way out of prison with a series of tough-guy novels and memoirs (Education of a Felon: A Memoir, 2000, etc.), hints at both the accomplishments and the limitations of his later work. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Unconvincing as an all-encompassing theory of monotheism, but refreshing and moving as a plea for pluralism. (24 halftones)"
An uneven but often provocative assessment of the significance of monotheism as a force in the history of religion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 13, 2005

"An intriguing, if at times over-reaching work."
A panoramic study of Western history, designed to draw a connection between Christianity and the rise of democracy and capitalism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Take that, warriors of secularism."
A no-nonsense, defensive account of Christianity's rise in the West. Read full book review >

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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 >

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STARK REALITY by David Poulos
Released: April 26, 2011

"A one-sided but entertaining, inventive actioner."
Special-ops honchos choreograph one meticulous caper after another to find a kidnapped arms dealer in this boisterous thriller. Read full book review >

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NEVER SAY STARK NAKED by Marjory Bassett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The fairy-tale ending and many romantic conventions will be hurdles for some readers, but the heroine's fidelity to her roots gives her a compassion that seems unmistakably genuine."
Returning for her debut to a more genteel, innocent age—when a beautiful working girl could leave Kansas for Manhattan and find fulfillment—the 81-year-old Bassett finds the charms (and the liabilities) of that vintage romantic premise. Read full book review >

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STARK RAVING NAKED by Richmond Lewis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An often entertaining novel that might have benefited from a hearty edit."
Lewis' debut novel, a farcical mystery, pits an immature newspaper reporter against an angry, conservative town. Read full book review >

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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 >