Search Results: "Terry Bisson"


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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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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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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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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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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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GARBAGE CREEK by W.D. Valgardson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Ultimately, it's the author's recognition of how children and teenagers adapt to new situations and how they grapple with moral issues that make these tales ring true. (Short stories. 8-12)"
Contemporary children struggle with ethical dilemmas in these sensitive and involving short stories, with black-and-white chapter illustrations to draw readers in. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CUPCAKE! by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Preschoolers will be delighted with the visual mayhem, although parents may cringe at the quantity of junk food depicted. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Using similar photographic treatment and subject matter developed in his earlier picture book, Peanut Butter and Cupcake (2014), Border follows the journey of the eponymous heroine in her search for the perfectly themed birthday party. Read full book review >

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GRAVEYARD SHAKES by Laura  Terry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Affirming girl power and the importance of staying true to yourself, this story will resonate with readers who, like Katia, build relationships on their own terms. (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)"
A tale about a ghost who fears other ghosts and two sisters who find more welcome in a graveyard than in school. Read full book review >

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MILK GOES TO SCHOOL by Terry Border
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"Border's shtick goes on far too long for readers to want seconds of Milk and Waffle. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Border continues his series of books about anthropomorphized food, this time focusing on Milk and her first day of school. Read full book review >

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WOMBAT & FOX by Terry Denton
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Fans of Dav Pilkey who are ready for something different will chuckle at the wild antics of this jolly band of animal friends. (Fantasy. 6-10)"
This Australian buddy book featuring the titular Wombat and Fox as well as Croc, millionaire Bandicoot, the Hippo Sisters and the naughty, naughty Five Monkeys is sure to please new readers with a wacky sense of humor. Read full book review >