Search Results: "Stephen Clarke"


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IN THE MERDE FOR LOVE by Stephen Clarke
Released: May 1, 2006

"Graceful in his inappropriateness, tactless only with his readers, Paul as hero provides plenty of good, plain-old inept fun."
More from Englishman Clarke on the cultural collision he underwent upon his move to France. Read full book review >

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MERDE HAPPENS by Stephen Clarke
Released: May 1, 2008

"Amusing travelogue from an engaging narrator who never lets a little bad news mess with his joie de vivre."
Snafus abound as Clarke's doppelganger Paul West (In the Merde For Love, 2006, etc.) leaves France under a cloud and attempts to recoup his fortunes with a U.S. road trip. Read full book review >

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A YEAR IN THE MERDE by Stephen Clarke
Released: May 9, 2005

"The publisher promises a second volume of Paul West's adventures, which is good news. For Clarke's sake, let's hope he doesn't have to live it to write it."
The caustic tale of getting a French education the hard way. Read full book review >

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BETTY’S NOT WELL TODAY by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"This first American edition is well worth the price of a sturdy paperback. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A girl and her doll are sick in bed. Read full book review >

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E I E I O by Gus Clarke
adapted by Gus Clarke, illustrated by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1993

"Good fun. (Folklore/Picture book. 2-7)"
Any new edition of ``Old MacDonald'' needs a compelling novelty to justify its existence; here, the author-illustrator of Eddie and Teddy (1991) comes up with an elaborate scheme of incorporating the animals' ``quacks,'' ``moos,'' etc., in cartoon-style balloons that are cleverly integrated into the text on the verso pages where they are first introduced; on the rectos, the animals assemble in their increasing numbers to issue a comical cacophony for new readers to sort out. Read full book review >

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SUNSTORM by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2005

"By the time the exposition-stuffed narrative gets around to reporting on the main event, few readers will care."
Hostile aliens intend to blow up the Sun and wipe humanity out in this sequel to Time's Eye, (2004), where one reappearing character, unlike anybody else, retains memories from the previous adventure. Read full book review >

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FIRSTBORN by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"Readable, but more science travelogue than science fiction—and if you were anticipating a conclusion, or at least an alien encounter, forget it."
Wrapping up the Time Odyssey trilogy—according to the publishers anyway. The book's contents speak otherwise. Read full book review >

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HOW MANY DAYS TO MY BIRTHDAY? by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. Read full book review >

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TEN GREEN MONSTERS by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"After he gets his just deserts, young readers are sure to go back to the beginning to check out the preceding byplay once again; fortunately, the sturdy pages and binding should withstand plenty of rereadings. (Picture book. 3-7)"
An unusually appealing book with a number of surefire features, not least of which are the eponymous monsters ``standing on the wall'' who, one by one, ``accidentally fall'' in the classic tradition—as revealed by opening a broad flap on each spread. Read full book review >

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SCRATCH `N' SNIFF by Gus Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"Clarke's dry wit is evident in every line of this wry tale; his humorous illustrations of the bumbling but lovable Sniff and the crafty but harmless Scratch enliven an already comical text. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A clever plot masterminded by a shrewd feline is the basis of this engaging olfactory mystery by Clarke (Ten Green Monsters, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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TIME’S EYE by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Curiously sloppy, with biographical contradictions and a rationale that's inconsistently applied: despite the many echoes of 2001, more spectacle than substance."
Second collaborative effort (The Light of Other Days, 2000) from these two individually famous authors, and first of a two-book series exploring the manipulation of time. Read full book review >

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THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2000

"Often chaotic but fizzing with ideas: one of those rare books you wish had been longer, with a more thorough exploration of the many fascinating issues it raises. ($250,000 ad/promo)"
This first collaborative effort from Clarke, the venerable author of 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997), etc., and the up-and-coming Baxter (Manifold: Time, Jan. 2000, etc.), exploits an old SF idea: a device that allows anyone to spy on anyone else, anywhere…and anytime. Read full book review >