Search Results: "Taylor Samuel Lyen"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"An amusing story stretched too thin."
A microbiological adventure centered on a little boy bacterium and a girl virus living in a young human boy's fluffy, four-legged best friend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Moroccan-Three Murder Mysteries by Taylor Samuel Lyen
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Jerrythespider sadly loses some of the spotlight, but his eight-legged exploits are always entertaining."
A medical examiner will need help from his CIA and arachnid pals when his testimony at a murder trial incites the wrong people in Lyen's (Battle of Top Hat Wood, 2014, etc.) latest adventure. Read full book review >

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THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
POETRY
Released: March 31, 1992

A prolific illustrator (Caldecott winner for Lon Po Po, 1989) takes on one of the 19th century's most enduring narrative poems, providing six double-spread and two single-page illustrations in glowing, impressionistic pastels plus many vignettes rendered in charcoal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAGA'S BIG SCARE by Samuel Hiti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The ending may leave younger or more sensitive readers unsettled, so save this slim, adrenaline-fueled tale for those who crave a true, if ephemeral, fright. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Waga is a monster that is mean, tricky and possesses the "biggest scare." But when Waga loses that scare, the monster's very existence is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Limiting his discussion to legal protections without considering the problems of political action allows Walker to feel very good about rights but also reduces a potentially powerful analysis to a near polemic."
A simultaneously perceptive and myopic defense of rights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLÉMENTINE IN THE KITCHEN by Samuel Chamberlain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"In these present days of plenty, we imagine clogged arteries instead."
Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl includes this charming bit of nostalgia in her new "food series" (see below) partly because Chamberlain's "Clémentine"—his family's cuisiniere in prewar France—is such an "lovable and entertaining" character. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2008

"The chronology is often difficult to follow, but the author spins a dizzying, exhilarating tale of deception, duplicity and the search for personal identity."
The absorbing and often bewildering story of an imposter and thief, "a convicted fabulist who attempted again and again to impose the freaks of his imagination on the world around him." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by Steve Samuel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2000

"High-tech gadgetry, low-grade storytelling: search in vain here for a hint of nuance."
A dismal debut thriller in which few, alas, have much use for the US government, especially those employed by it. Read full book review >