Search Results: "Tim Riley"


BOOK REVIEW

TIM by Sam Enthoven
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"This may be entertaining for some, but the book could have used some judicious editing and another draft before publication. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
London is in big trouble, and only something really, really big can save the city. Read full book review >

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TERRIBLE TIM by Katie Haworth
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"The mess is good fun, but the story is a bit bland next to the more emotionally intense likes of No, David! and Dinosaur vs. Bedtime. (Picture book. 3-6)"
No need to set off in search of Wild Things when little Tim's in the vicinity. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting ploy, and if the inner workings are a bit too obvious, still a good read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1901, Mable, 14, and her older sister, Viola, board with a dairy-farm family in Ontario. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Several horrifying ends can be imagined along the way, but the one that actually occurs is no less grim for being unpredictable. (Fiction. YA)"
This probing exploration of whether a ninth-grader can already be "irreparably damaged" is upsetting and scary. Read full book review >

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LENNON by Tim Riley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Essential for Lennon fans, and one of the most thorough yet accessible rock biographies to appear in recent years."
After hundreds of books on the former Beatle, is there anything left to say? Surprisingly, yes, and music journalist Riley (Fever: How Rock 'n' Roll Transformed Gender in America, 2004, etc.) delivers intriguing news and commentary in this incisive biography. Read full book review >

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HARD RAIN by Tim Riley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"But, with full attention given to Dylan as performer and writer, to cover versions and disciples (Springsteen, Neil Young), and even to other Dylan-commentators, this is an essential book for Dylanologists: comprehensive, knowing, challenging."
Riley, author of the best study by far of the Beatles' song catalogue (Tell Me Why, 1988), turns now to Bob Dylan—``the most important American rock 'n' roller since Presley''—with impressive, but less consistently persuasive, results. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF RILEY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"Molly is a bit too clever and reckless to be totally convincing, but Bowen's highly detailed picture of New York at the turn of the century is a delight."
A second sabbatical from her Welsh policeman hero Evan Evans (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) takes Bowen back to the summer of 1901 for a second chapter in the life of Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law, 2001). Read full book review >

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TIM AND THE BLANKET THIEF by John Prater
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Nice. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Tim is, well, timid; unlike the boisterous other children Prater depicts in his engaging, freely rendered pencil-and- watercolor illustrations, he doesn't like ``noisy, messy fun or being splashed or roughhousing.'' What he does love, despite the teasing, is his blanket; and when a pointy-hatted creature—a sort of shadow with a shadow of its own—steals this constant companion while Tim sleeps, he sets out, with unaccustomed boldness, in a dreamlike pursuit over mountains and seas to the thief's ``dreadful lair.'' Tim's brave demand for his blanket dissipates the thief's ``huge darkness,'' whereupon the lad retrieves not only his own but a hoard of other ``blankets, teddy bears, and best-loved toys'' and goes home to a hero's welcome. Read full book review >

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ROSE AND RILEY by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2005

"Yezerski's soft pastels have just enough charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A three-chapter easy reader with the now predictable two anthropomorphized animal friends. Read full book review >

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JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY by Elizabeth J. van Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The life of a literary local hero—of mostly local interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unvarnished, dutiful, rather dull life of the 19th-century "Hoosier Poet," author of "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"By turns wry, witty, sometimes wise, but resolutely outspoken, this volume brings father and daughter face to face as people, not icons in a Freudian myth."
Masquerading as a report on home schooling, a tale of father- daughter conflict played out over eighth-grade English and math. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TIM AND PETE by James Robert Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, despite the excesses and overall shapelessness: some antic instances and vivid nostalgia for pre-AIDS gay life, combined with a pungent depiction of rabid heterophobia."
Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams, 1986; Boy Wonder, 1988) brings together two gay ex-lovers for a 24-hour swing through the streets and byways of L.A. Sex, drugs, rock-and-roll, and violence: the guided tour is sometimes smartly satirical, sometimes padded with endless pages of dialogue, mind-numbing instances, and predictable types, though a Charlie Manson riff livens up the finish. Read full book review >