Search Results: "Tom Robbins"


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HALF ASLEEP IN FROG PAJAMAS by Tom Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Fans may initially be enthralled by a literary Oz's grand, terrifying show, but there's nothing but a smirking stoner behind the curtain."
Robbins's wordy, phantasmagoric smorgasbord reveals a master chef filigreeing and flaying with utmost skill, But hungry readers will ultimately wonder, "Where's the beef?" Read full book review >

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JITTERBUG PERFUME by Tom Robbins
Released: Dec. 1, 1984

"And, thanks to its lively sweep through time and geography, this may be his most agreeable book ever: relaxed, readably sequential, goofily lyrical—with some feather-weight appeal for non-fans as well as the usual Robbins readership."
A round-Robbins on the themes of scent, so-called "floral consciousness," and immortality—skipping through time and space, but offering a little old-fashioned storytelling charm along with the usual cute/hip doodling. Read full book review >

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TIBETAN PEACH PIE by Tom Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"The author's detractors will likely find fault, but this is a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through."
The first memoir from the idiosyncratic novelist, who claims that if "it doesn't read like a normal memoir, that may be because I haven't exactly led what most normal people would consider a normal life." Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"Fun for a time, but marred by the suspicion that Robbins may be trying too hard."
The whirling dervish lit-hippie of Seattle fires off a shotgun-full of enthusiasms at whatever strikes his fancy—and occasionally hits. Read full book review >

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VILLA INCOGNITO by Tom Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2003

"Soulful on a subliminal seafloor."
Magic-drawing-pad paragraphs from psychotropic child genius Robbins (Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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ANOTHER ROADSIDE ATTRACTION by Tom Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1971

"All the stuff of consciousness III, except the consciousness: traveler pass by."
If the names of all the rock groups and rock albums in the world were laid end to end the result would resemble this novel, about a group of Merrie Metaphysical Pranksters turned toward the Source and inspired by the Infinite Goof. Read full book review >

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SKINNY LEGS AND ALL by Tom Robbins
Released: May 1, 1990

"Despite a multitude of subplots, this is a novel that doesn't know where it's going until it arrives."
Imagine Robert Ludlum hallucinating at his word-processor while weaving a plot combining postmodern art, Middle Eastern terrorism, and a talking vibrator, and you come close to what Robbins has accomplished here. Read full book review >

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FIERCE INVALIDS HOME FROM HOT CLIMATES by Tom Robbins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2000

"A lot of fun, but less so if an overdeveloped sense of reader-duty won't let you pass by the plotstopping diatribes that have become Robbins's habit (Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas, 1994, etc.). (Author tour)"
Longterm hospital patients or transcontinental Greyhound riders might happily kill time trudging through Robbins's lectures on every hackneyed social evil from advertising to dogmatism. Everyone else, skip over the pageslong polemics, and enjoy a whimsical tall tale of a potsmoking, teenagershagging CIA agent who travels the globe in hopes of shaking a South American shaman's curse. Read full book review >

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STILL LIFE WITH WOODPECKER by Tom Robbins
Released: Sept. 29, 1990

"For diehard Robbins fans only, then (a largely paperback-oriented crowd); others will find it insufferable."
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1976) had enough liberation-chic amid the pop gyrations to win Robbins a cultish following—and he'll certainly need a preconditioned audience for this even less substantial concoction. Read full book review >

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MOB BOSS by Jerry Capeci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A raw and fascinating account of one mobster's daily activities and career."
Veteran New York reporters tell the story of a Mafia kingpin's rise to power, his decision to leave the mob and his role in testifying against his former partners in crime. Read full book review >

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FOR GOOD MEASURE by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2010

"Ordinary topic; extraordinary details. (Nonfiction. 6-12)"
By tossing in tidbits of history, word origins and meanings, Robbins takes the everyday subject of measurement and makes it accessible, interesting and memorable. Read full book review >

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SEEDS by Ken Robbins
by Ken Robbins, illustrated by Ken Robbins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Teachers will wish that Robbins had placed more emphasis on general seed facts, but overall this is a good beginning and a great resource in its photographs. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-10)"
Zoom in on some of the most common seeds and learn a few facts along the way. Read full book review >