Search Results: "Tom Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"In the spirit of Anthony Bourdain but without the sensationalistic glitz."
One gastronome's worldwide pursuit of perfect—and perfectly awful—cuisine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 20, 1991

"A smart and knowing first-person accounting of the risks, rewards, profit, and inevitable losses attendant to the entrepreneurial life."
A nicely realized business memoir that suggests there re no glass ceilings for enterprising women. Read full book review >

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SWORD OF DOOM by James Jennewein
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Developmental issues of identity, sexual innuendo and vividly described violence make this book appropriate for an older audience than the publisher-recommended range of eight to 12. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
After a visit to the king of their Viking realm, teen hero Dane, female warrior Astrid, village sage Lut and various supporters and rivals set off to rescue Dane's mother (who's been kidnapped by the villainous Godrek Whitecloak) and recover Odin's ring, an ancient artifact that is the source of never-ending treasure, from a cave guarded by a monstrous sea serpent. Read full book review >

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SHIELD OF ODIN by James Jennewein
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Although it can be overly detailed at times, boys especially will enjoy the pell-mell action, the wisenheimer narration and the belch-and-flatulence humor embedded in the adventurous tale. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
It's easy to see that this was written by two Hollywood screenwriters—readers can almost watch the CGI effects unfolding as they go. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Established fans will devour this excellent series finish. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
Thidreck the Terrifying, killed by Dane the Defiant, is back in action on an errand for the goddess Hel to find the Ship of Doom. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOT AND SPARROW by Jake Parker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dreaming keeps memories alive for a very special robot in this sweet, quiet tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mechanical-avian friendship is an endearing one. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IN THE GARDEN by Kim Parker
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Though captioned by one-liners that don't always seem to be addressed to children ('4 bunnies finding love in the shade' being the most obvious example), this recalls the art of Elisa Kleven for visual exuberance, and makes a promising young-audience debut. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Positively dancing with fanciful flowers rendered in bright, broadly brushed watercolor, this showcases a textile designer's art with successive scenes of small creatures, from "1 cat purring in the garden" to "10 butterflies flitting among the flowers." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Parker follows a professor's advice to 'write it the same way you would tell it'—but his approach to the narrative, hopscotching from here to there and back again, isn't nearly as powerful as the story he has to tell."
There's an inspirational life story within this graphic memoir of a frequently incarcerated junkie who belatedly earned an MFA from Columbia University's prestigious creative writing program, but the framing and pacing of the narrative fall short of the material's potential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Information-wise, a bare introduction, but a mighty engaging one nonetheless. (index) (Pop-up/nonfiction. 9-14)"
With a clinical white-on-black design, this volume allows readers to go system by system through the workings of the human body. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Parker achieves admirable clarity and focus in this sprawling, ugly, complicated story of the sugar revolution."
A rich, multifaceted account of the greed and slavery bolstering the rise of England's mercantile empire. Read full book review >

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THE CONVICT’S SWORD by I.J. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The elegance and deliberate pace of Akitada's sixth case (Island of Exiles, 2007, etc.) are appropriate to the hero's character and satisfying on their own. Abundant historical detail adds interest to the pro forma mystery."
An 11th-century Japanese sleuth solves two killings that strike uncomfortably close to home. Read full book review >