Search Results: "Rupert Bent III"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A deeply enjoyable read—one that will thoroughly delight children while also encouraging them to think and care about the world around them."
A reggae-singing parrot and his friends deliver a pro-environment message as they rescue an endangered leatherback sea turtle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Will appeal to like-minded readers but may be unconvincing to others."
A proponent of New Age science offers a broad-ranging critique of modern science and presents an alternative approach. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOWER TO HEAVEN by Ruby Dee
adapted by Ruby Dee, illustrated by Jennifer Bent
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"An appealing presentation of a wise, witty tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Actress Dee tells a traditional tale from Ghana. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONVERSATION by Jean d'Ormesson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A snobbish, claustrophobic work."
A lauded titan of French letters plumbs the intersection between character and despotism in a slender, tendentious imagining of a conversation between Napoleon and a trusted political ally. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"An expectant moment in the history of southern Africa—a whole culture's survival hangs in the balance—portrayed by an author who digs enthusiastically for signs of a genuine persistence of the Bushmen."
Encounters with the Bushmen of the Kalahari, retold by journalist and travel writer Isaacson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 2003

"Fodder strictly for the if-you-want-to-believe-it-it's-true crowd."
Indefatigable seventh-sense investigator Sheldrake mines his earlier works on prescient and telepathic abilities to update followers on his latest data and theories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AIR AND FIRE by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Thomson's surreal sensibilities, challenged by the cross- fertilization of cultures and desire, elevate standard melodramatic fare into a saga richly atmospheric and satisfying."
Fantasy and reality coalesce in a cauldron of passion and pathos, fired by the heat of a searing summer in coastal Mexico: a formidable fin de siäcle tale from the wide-ranging author of The Five Gates of Hell (1991) and Dreams of Leaving (1988). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF A MURDERER by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 10, 2007

"A penetrating, introspective twist on the morose-British-constable genre."
A policeman reflects on our potential for evil as he guards the corpse of a female child molester and murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREEN MOUNTAIN, WHITE CLOUD by Francois Cheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Moments here of fairytale charm, but the air at such high spiritual altitudes may be too rarefied for many Western readers."
Romantic and spiritual love in ancient China occupy this latest (The River Below, 2000, etc.) from the distinguished Chinese author long resident in France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIVE GATES OF HELL by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Maybe it's the preoccupation with death that forces the story to an occasional crawl, but Thomson redeems this one through deft handling of real and fantastic elements, sharp prose, and vivid glimpses into the charred circuitry of his youthful characters."
From the author of the widely acclaimed Dreams of Leaving (1988), an assured follow-up that further strengthens Thomson's position as an emerging talent to be reckoned with. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"Sheldrake is a pleasure not just because he roams way beyond the mechanistic theory of nature, but because he appreciates worthy new questions as well as answers, one such being the time-honored 'Why?' (b&w photos and drawings, not seen)"
An open-minded inquiry into animals' precognitive capabilities from Sheldrake (Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, 1995), attentive to the evidence and thoroughly investigative, conducted in the belief that science can be fun and rigorous, inquisitive as well as skeptical. Read full book review >