Search Results: "Victor Bockris"


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TRANSFORMER by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Bockris's animosity and prurience produce no insights into either the man or his music."
A slovenly, vicious biography of singer/guitarist/songwriter Reed, whose brilliant '60s work with the Velvet Underground and solo career merit more sensitive scrutiny. Read full book review >

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KEITH RICHARDS by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Interesting, and probably choice fare for Richards fans, but hardly gospel. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
A gushing Keith Richards fanzine and high-bias Rolling Stones history. Read full book review >

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PATTI SMITH by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"But she and her many fans deserve better than this sometimes sensationalistic, second-hand account of her life."
Lou Reed and Keith Richards biographer Bockris offers the first full-length portrait of —70s rock icon Patti Smith, a woman whose charismatic live shows and uncompromising music earned her the moniker "The High Priestess of Punk." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"In the end, though, it all feels a little sad, and Buell has the smarts to know it: 'I wanted to make others happy more than I wanted to make myself happy.'"
A name-dropping memoir ("I had a similar experience with Salvador Dalí") by the ex-model who became lover and muse to a 30-year stretch of American glitterati. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1981

"Otherwise, this is more a portrait of others' need for Burroughs to be an elder Great than of the more modest (and more engaging) actuality."
After the resounding thud made by Burroughs' last novel, Cities of the Red Night, these transcriptions of table-talk serve some rehabilitative purpose, presenting a picture of an aging, conservative, serious man who, with his best work perhaps now behind him, admits himself that he may have come to sound "like some sort of great nineteenth-century crank who thought that brown sugar was the answer to everything and was practicing something he called brain breathing." Read full book review >

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MOONDREAM by Victor Osborne
Released: April 20, 1989

After quarreling with his good friend Katy, Rupert is wakened by a fearsome "Grabbly"; Katy hears their straggle, rushes to the rescue, and is carried off instead—thus initiating Rupert's book-long journey to rescue her. Read full book review >

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HUNTINGTON PASS by Victor Smith
Released: July 8, 2011

"Endearing, but unfocused and bizarre—just like Buck."
In Smith's debut novel, an alcoholic wanderer searches for a better life in a small skiing town. Read full book review >

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THE END OF WAR by Victor  Love
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"A collection of diverse literary offerings that lacks a coherent structure."
This debut philosophical miscellany includes story fragments, a film treatment, poems, a two-act play, and letters to the editor. Read full book review >

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DEEDS OF TRUST by Victor Wuamett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1991

"A slick, somewhat predictable narrativeat times almost a satire on the hard-boiledas Chase joins the growing number of A.A. heroes who take their seltzers neat and their murders messy."
The second appearance of California real-estate dealer Chase Randel (Teardown, 1990) again finds him embroiled in murder: quiet, elderly Frank Baker, who appealed to him for help when a condo deal soured, soon ``slips'' off a balconyand to compound matters, the autopsy reveals a healthy dose of cyanide in the scotch he'd just drunk. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"A well-crafted, constantly revealing study of the world-altering changes of recent history."
A sturdy examination of events that led to the collapse of Eastern Europe's communist regimes. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN MONSOON by Victor Suthren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 1993

"Brisk, shipshape naval adventure."
Clever, colonial Captain Mainwaring (Admiral of Fear, 1991, etc.) sails again for H.M. George II, tackling the fiendish French in the distant, warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A top-level insider's dramatic, stranger-than-fiction disclosures in the great game of espionage. (Maps and photographs- -not seen)"
The suspenseful, eye-opening memoir of a Soviet spy who came in from the cold. Read full book review >