Search Results: "Terry Bisson"


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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

An anguished account of the unhappy life of Terry McGovern, by a father still struggling to come to terms with it. Read full book review >

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PIRATES OF THE UNIVERSE by Terry Bisson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Stories are Bisson's great strength, and this—despite lots of wonderful parts and his trademark droll, deadpan style—offers no coherent or satisfying whole."
In Bisson's (Voyage to the Red Planet, 1990, etc.) medium/indeterminate-future, the war-torn Earth is depleted of resources, while global warming has distorted climates and actually cooled large parts of a Balkanized and depopulated former North America. Read full book review >

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ANY DAY NOW by Terry Bisson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2012

"Bisson builds his story up in relatively small chunks of prose, and while we don't lose the narrative thread, after a while the technique becomes tedious."
Kentuckian Clay Bauer moves from an early infatuation with Beat poetry to radicalism in this coming-of-age novel set in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >

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IN THE UPPER ROOM by Terry Bisson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"More playful, less thoughtful, than the earlier collection, but rousing entertainment, underwear, equations, entities and all."
Another collection from accomplished storysmith Bisson, his first since Bears Discover Fire (1993), composed of 16 ``likely stories,'' 1994-2000. Read full book review >

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THE PICKUP ARTIST by Terry Bisson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Bisson's true forte, however, is short stories, and this yarn, despite the droll, deadpan delivery, never gets up a full head of steam."
Another of Bisson's trademark tall tales (Pirates of the Universe, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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BEARS DISCOVER FIRE by Terry Bisson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"About half the entries here are amusing if ephemeral; for the remainder, Bisson's distinctive style and priceless imagination lift his work to an altogether more exalted plane."
Nineteen tales, one from 1964, the rest 1988-93: Bisson's first story collection since the illustrious Voyage to the Red Planet (1990), Talking Man, etc. Bisson's stock in trade is whimsy where, at his best, he combines a splendidly loopy inventiveness with real poignancy, a hard-edged sense of wonder and a grasp of the genuinely alien. Read full book review >

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EXPIRATION DATE: NEVER by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2001

"Though not a sequel that stands on its own, this will have readers rocking with laughter and rolling in the aisles. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Twins Tod and Tessa face double trouble in a sidesplitting follow-up to Be First in the Universe (2000). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"8 pages b&w photos, unseen)."
A flimsy biography of the phenomenonally successful black author. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2003

"Hard-drinking, hard-fighting, beloved by his troops: Allen has a fine chronicler here—fans of Band of Brothers ought to snap this up."
A ripsnortin' life of an unorthodox—and barely tolerated—American general. Read full book review >

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TERRY THE DINOSAUR by Translucent Computing Inc.
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2014

"Low-rent graphics and interactive effects perfectly complement a stultifyingly bland prehistoric tale. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A little pterodactyl is teased by his wingless peers. Read full book review >

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TERRY AND THE PIRATES by Julian F. Thompson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Comments like these, combined with shallow characters, a weak premise, and outlandish situations make this an unappealing book in any case. (Fiction. YA)"
This latest from the author of The Grounding of Group 6 is a confusing jumble—hard to follow and based on an unlikely premise. Read full book review >