Search Results: "Stephen Stuart"


BOOK REVIEW

PAX by Stephen Stuart
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 2010

"Readers looking for a fast-paced, superficial read should seek their literary escapism elsewhere, but those who enjoy challenging, provocative and ultimately uplifting novels will want to get to know Bean."
Stuart's (The Wonder of All That Is, 2009) second installment in his Bean trilogy is a cerebral and wildly thought-provoking fusion of fantastical fiction and metaphysical speculation. Read full book review >

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SPACED OUT by Stuart Gibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"Fans of the first book will find this a decent mystery but also a bit of a letdown; here's hoping things pick up again in the next volume. (Mystery. 9-14)"
Another mystery presents itself on Moon Base Alpha. Read full book review >

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VIETNAM WAR by Stuart Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A powerful and illuminating overview of the war in Vietnam even though the facts fly like the detonation of an antipersonnel mine. (Nonfiction. 10-16)"
Murray provides a fact-filled tour d'horizon of the wars suffered by Vietnam from World War II to the Paris Peace Accords. Read full book review >

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BLACK FIRE by Stuart Fox
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"A good plot in a good setting, but the reliance on swashbuckling smoke and mirrors takes the story perilously and needlessly close to farce."
Beijing sends a one-man death squad to Hong Kong to stem the exodus of edgy capitalists before new landlords take over the Crown Colony. Read full book review >

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The Lightening Round by Bruce Stuart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A fairy tale with a thoroughly modern heroine who tackles problems with grit."
A round and sassy baker chases love and (weight) loss in Stuart's (State and Local Government Workers' Retirement Savings Guide, 2002, etc.) rom-com. Read full book review >

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THE TOWER, THE ZOO, AND THE TORTOISE by Julia Stuart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"Stuart's second novel (The Matchmaker of Périgord, 2008) employs a whimsical over-the-top style that occasionally draws attention to itself, but the tale is grounded by the moving central love story. This sweet romp will appeal to history buffs."
A sensitive Beefeater, his wife and assorted other eccentrics cope with modern life in the infamous Tower of London. Read full book review >

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Londinium Poeta by Stuart Newton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Perceptive and honest, Newton manages to be profound without being abstruse. Though stylistically unremarkable, this is clear-voiced and self-aware poetry that any city dweller will appreciate."
Short, free verse poems on the psychological and sociological complexities of life in London. Read full book review >

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HOME FROM THE VINYL CAFE by Stuart McLean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A cozy, meandering, often laugh-out-loud treat."
Amusing domestic tales from the guy's viewpoint by a Canadian Garrison Keillor. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"An intriguing work of new ideas on the cutting edge of biology, though not for the uninitiated."
Lavishly illustrated examination of the theory of biological self-organization—territory unfamiliar to most. Read full book review >

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WARP ANGEL by Stuart Hopen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1995

"A swift-moving, imaginative debut, not too seriously damaged by its mad patchwork of themes, erratic plot, and unconvincing windup."
Travel by spacewarp allowed humans to spread through the galaxy but also tore holes in the fabric of spacetime; as a result, warp travel was abandoned, leaving the far-flung colonies isolated. Read full book review >

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YOUR FATHER SENDS HIS LOVE by Stuart Evers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"This is an uneven gathering but free of duds, and Evers often achieves the special pleasure of short stories, infusing small worlds with more life than seems possible."
These short stories explore varieties of family strife and warmth in a style with roots in Raymond Carver but more humor, sympathy, and sinew. Read full book review >