Search Results: "Rupert Christiansen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A nimbly written, satisfyingly detailed survey, suggesting new directions in considering the Victorian era."
A lively examination of the influence of foreign intellectuals in Victorian England—seen here as both more cosmopolitan and less strait-laced than our popular conceptions generally allow. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"An entertaining, disturbing excursion through the City of Light at a defining moment in French history, led by a capable guide."
An engrossing account of Paris under Napoleon III, from the palaces and opera houses to the barricades and cafÇs. 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 >

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MAYBE IN PARIS by Rebecca Christiansen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 20, 2017

"A troubling, self-indulgent 'acceptance' narrative that lacks authenticity and nuance. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A neurotypical teen dreams of Paris and rekindling her bond with her autistic brother in Christiansen's debut. Read full book review >

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HELLO DARLING, ARE YOU WORKING? by Rupert Everett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1992

"But readers hungry for the latest sex-and- drugs update on the too-too beautiful people, darling, could make this a hit anyway."
Candide in modern drag: British actor Everett's first novel retails the naughty adventures of a pill-popping, omnisexual naif as he cruises a jet-set world in which everything, especially him, is for sale. 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 >

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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 >

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DIVIDED KINGDOM by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2005

"A flawed effort, from a writer capable of much better work."
A dystopian vision of social "rearrangement." Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR JAGUAR by Susan Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Though she casts an occasional glance elsewhere, Katz generally stays in the South and Central American rain forests: Still, capped by specific notes and a tour of rain forests worldwide, her insights make essential reading for every child. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11)"
In the most compelling tour for younger children since Jane Yolen's Welcome to the Green House (1993), Katz presents 19 wonderfully evocative glimpses, mostly in rhyme, of rain-forest flora and fauna. 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 >

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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

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 >