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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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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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 >

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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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DAUGHTER OF REGALS by Stephen R. Donaldson
Released: April 12, 1984

"Hardworking, mannered, and fairly ordinary overall, but Donaldson fans will pounce—and even non-fans may be mildly, pleasantly surprised."
Eight tales, 1978-83, including six reprints—and a reasonably varied if sometimes poorly thought-out bunch. Read full book review >

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BYZANTIUM by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Far-fetched but often engrossing, with plenty of plot twists despite Lawhead's sometimes shaky grip on the details: Worthwhile for Lawhead regulars and historical-fantasy fans alike."
A new venture from the author of the Pendragon Cycle (The Endless Knot, 1993, etc.), though here the fantasy elements— ghosts, angels, some prophetic dreams—are all but imperceptible. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1987

"Mordant's Need resembles the thousands of three-decker idylls that once filled 19th-century home libraries—huge, purple entertainments whose breeziness and sweetness Filled a passing need but now lack the least murmur of life."
The conclusion of Donaldson's two-volume fantasy epic, Mordant's Need, begun with Mirror of Her Dreams (1986). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A well-delineated, exciting history of a particularly contentious period of international trade, which persisted for centuries until Spain and Portugal grew too weak to resist and did not disappear until nations decided that oceans should be open to all."
Spanish-Portuguese quarrels, the voyages of discovery and an obscure 1494 treaty led to centuries of worldwide conflict, events all rousingly recounted here by Canada-based historian Bown (Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >