Search Results: "Stephen R. Bissette"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 1993

"Bypassing newsstands led to greater artistic freedom for a genre that's come a long way from superheroes and funny animals, as this volume makes so clear. (Illustrations)"
``Rebel,'' for the purposes of this collection of 25 original interviews with various comic-book artists, is defined by the artists' relationships to the two major comic-book publishers, Marvel and DC, who are seen here as ``amoral'' corporations with no respect for ``creator rights.'' Bissette's own censorship problems- -his work on the popular Swamp Thing series was altered—no doubt inspired these interviews (Wiater is the author of Dark Dreamers, 1990, a collection of conversations with horror writers). Read full book review >

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SAVING MANATEES by Stephen R. Swinburne
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Up-to-date and informative, this will be a welcome addition to the shelf of information on endangered species in any library. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Around 3,000 West Indian manatees live in Florida's fresh- and saltwaters. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Includes further reading, Web sites, and a brief index. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Black bears roam North America from Maine to California, with populations estimated at 750,000; increasingly they are invading urban areas. Read full book review >

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REAVE THE JUST by Stephen R. Donaldson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Even his critics are due for a wonderful surprise: these thoughtful, well worked-out, often fascinating yarns are largely free of the preposterous weight, impossible convolutions, and tormented prose that make the novels so troublesome."
Donaldson's first collection since Daughter of Regals (1983), though, of the eight substantial stories here, 1984—98, five have appeared previously in other volumes—the title piece in After the King (1992); "The Djinn Who Watches Over the Accursed" in Arabesques 2 (1989); "The Kings of Tarshish Shall Bring Gifts" in The Book of Kings (1995); "The Woman Who Loved Pigs" in Full Spectrum 4 (1993); and "What Makes Us Human" in Berserker Base (1985). Read full book review >

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THE LAST DARK by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"It goes without saying that a reader who enters the series without the benefit of the preceding volumes will be utterly lost. Definitively of a piece with what has come before; if you're a fan of Donaldson, this is indispensable. If not, of course, not."
The Thomas Covenant series comes to a lumbering halt after four decades. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A superb biography of a fiercely driven explorer who traveled across the last inaccessible areas on earth before technical advances made the journey much easier."
Bown (1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half, 2012, etc.) delivers an intensely researched, thoroughly enjoyable life of one of history's best explorers. Read full book review >

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AGAINST ALL THINGS ENDING by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"If the likes of Cirrus Kindwind, the Lost Deep and She Who Must Not Be Named, and lines such as 'Through the bane's ferocity, she smelled the acrid pulse of unnatural blood,' are your bag (or Baggins), well, then this is just your book."
Daggers and wizards, time travel, leprosy—for fans of fantasy, there's much to like in Donaldson's latest installment in the multivolume Thomas Covenant epic series of yore. Read full book review >

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WHITE ESKIMO by Stephen R. Bown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A vivacious study that will surely revive interest in the writings of this towering explorer and ethnographer."
Canadian author Bown (The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen, 2012, etc.) fashions a thorough, insightful biography of the fearless explorer and noted writer Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933). Read full book review >

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GUESS WHOSE SHADOW? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"3-5)."
Swinburne sets out to teach young children about how shadows are created, describing night as a shadow on the earth, and giving children tangible reasons for why shadows vary in size, shape, and location. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"Brandenburg's striking full-color photographs of wolves in the wild and in captivity turn an already informative work into a glossy tribute to a majestic animal. (map, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Scientists in the Field series, a title that documents those who have championed the much-maligned wolf, and the science used to dispute claims of ranchers and farmers that wolves threaten cattle and sheep. Read full book review >

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AVALON by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Pleasant but far from gripping, with the necessary inference that Lawhead's purpose is more agitprop than storytelling."
Historical/futuristic Arthuriana from the author of Grail, 1997, etc. In the not-too-distant future, Britain's drunken reprobate King Edward IX blows out his brains in a villa on Madeira. Read full book review >

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THE IRON LANCE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Familiar fare for Lawhead fans, watery gruel for outsiders or newcomers."
Historical fantasy and first of a "generational epic," so the publisher informs us, from Lawhead (Byzantium,1996, etc.), etc. Things get off to a poor start as Lawhead employs a trite, clumsy framing device. Read full book review >