Search Results: "Stephan Zielinski"


BOOK REVIEW

BAD MAGIC by Stephan Zielinski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"On the other hand, how not to admire an archvillain who confesses, 'I want to rule the world. It's a hobby of mine.'"
A task force known as the Opposition resists an onslaught of zombies and vampires and their kith and kin in Zielinski's engagingly insane first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A loonily intellectual alternative to that wimpy kid. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
If Inspector Clouseau were in grade school, he'd be Timmy Failure. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2010

"A solid journalistic exposé."
Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Salisbury explores the reprisals against Muslim communities in Philadelphia and beyond since the beginning of the War on Terror. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Timmy Failure is a classic antihero: Some readers will be drawn to the book because of him; others will be drawn to it in spite of him. (Comic mystery. 8-12)"
This is a book about very nice people. None of them is Timmy Failure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAMASAURUS by Stephan Lomp
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Like P.D. Eastman's 1960 classic Are You My Mother? for the dino set, though it lacks the facts (and even the dinosaur names!) presented elsewhere, as in Shari Halpern's Dinosaur Parade (2014). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A small dinosaur needs help from other dino babies when he slides off his mother's back and can't find her again. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE by Stephan Pastis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Wittier than the Wimpy Kid and with a movie in the offing, the series can only gain fans. (Graphic/mystery hybrid. 7-12)"
Who could ban the world's greatest detective from detecting? In a word: mom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Relationships based on sex are bound to fail if we're bent on conquering the object of our love''), Rechtschaffen's facile, often preachy style reduces his truths to truisms. (First serial to New Woman magazine; Literary Guild Selection; author tour)"
Yet another book teaching busy Americans how to slow down and savor the moment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOING POSTAL by Stephan Jaramillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1997

"Jokes about Charles Manson and designer coffee—this pointless debut appeals to the lowest common denominator of slacker chic, itself a rather passÇ phenomenon."
The title is the only funny thing about this fictional memoir of a mailman's son, a 27-year-old slacker who's haunted by ``the Evil Seed of Postal Hate.'' His juvenile rants and violent fantasies add to the sense that he's really just slumming in Bukowski-land. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST GIRL by Stephan Collishaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"Post-Soviet absurdity and a unflinching history rendered in effective prose."
Noirish mystery of a lost manuscript in a post-Soviet Lithuania, a country where poetry once made a difference. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GUSTAV KLIMT by Stephan Koja
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"That he lived with his mother and two sisters, had love affairs with his portrait subjects, wore a long, flowing smock which smelled, owing to its never being washed, and had a huge appetite are details that do not enhance the experience of viewing his magnificent paintings. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Beautiful reproductions of the Viennese painter Gustav Klimt's work can't make up for the dry and sometimes nonsensical cataloguing of facts about Klimt and the fin de siècle art scene in Vienna. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RHINEGOLD by Stephan Grundy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1994

"A workmanlike retelling of one of the great tales, full of imaginative sidelights on the people who created it."
The powerful legends upon which Wagner build his ``Ring'' cycle are the foundation of this historical fantasy in three books by Grundy—a first novel of epic proportions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2003

"An interesting, if uneven, blend of literary journalism."
Freelance journalist Talty examines encounters between white and black America that created what he labels a "mulatto culture." Read full book review >