Search Results: "William Browning Spencer"


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IRRATIONAL FEARS by William Browning Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"The best scene comes early, with a monstrous toilet that swallows a drunk."
An AA horror story that turns the Twelve Steps upside down—and wallows in sluggish language out of H.P. Lovecraft—by the author of, among others, Zod Wallop (1995). Read full book review >

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ZOD WALLOP by William Browning Spencer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"A work of great originality and charm from a brilliant writer of fantasy who's also a very considerable serious novelist."
An amusingly conceived and brightly written fantasy by the author of RÇsumÇ, with Monsters (not reviewed) and The Return of Count Electric (1993). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Stories that mostly manage to be otherworldly and strange without turning into horror fiction or mere trots."
A first collection of 11 short stories, many with a Rod Serling-like twist, together with an introduction by Spencer (Maybe I'll Call Anna, 199) that laments the present-tense minimalist state of the literary short story. ``The Return of Count Electric'' is about a narrator who searches in his father's house for a death machine, thinking his father is a serial murderer; instead, he discovers that he himself is the murderer and, once he remembers, begins again his career of crime. ``The Wedding Photographer in Crisis'' concerns a Bill Murray kind of guy who forces a groom to go through with the wedding and films the bride topless. Read full book review >

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THE UNORTHODOX DR. DRAPER AND OTHER STORIES by William Browning Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2017

"Spencer is a heck of a storyteller and has an undeniable way with words. A very readable collection of oddities from a pro, sure to please old fans and new readers alike."
Spencer (The Ocean and All Its Devices, 2005, etc.), best known for his Lovecraft-ian tales, offers an intriguing collection of nine stories and one poem. Read full book review >

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ROBERT BROWNING by Pamela Neville-Sington
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2006

"Close readings of Browning's work done with a deft, light hand."
Husband of the more famous Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett emerges his own man in the 30 years after her death in this sprightly life by British biographer Neville-Sington (Fanny Trollope, 1998). Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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PAULA SPENCER by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Profound, subtle and unsentimental—the latest from a master back in top form."
An intimate, humane portrait of a working-class Irish woman's pleasures and struggles in her first year of sobriety. Read full book review >

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JUDGE SPENCER DISSENTS by Henry Denker
Released: April 1, 1986

"Strictly for cracker-barrel cacklers."
Good old-fashioned snickering sexism generally hides behind closed doors these days, so it's with a sense of growing wonder that one slogs one's way through the veteran Denker's Dial-A-Diatribe, starring Judge Harry Spencer, Great Brontosaurus of the Federal bench. Read full book review >

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ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD by Varsha Bajaj
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Culturally intriguing but dramatically dry, this story showcases the glamour and grit of Mumbai and gives readers an entertaining glimpse of backstage Bollywood. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Abby Spencer learns that the father she's never met is a Bollywood superstar and travels from Houston to Mumbai to meet him. Read full book review >

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THE CHALLENGE OF WORLD HUNGER by William Spencer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

In the ``Environmental Issues'' series, this overview of the science, technology, and politics of hunger suffers from an excess of definitions and from muddy thinking. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Not just for the morbidly curious."
A lively narrative that illuminates the science of forensic anthropology. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM WYLER by Gabriel Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2013

"A welcome addition to the literature of filmmaking."
Comprehensive biography of the pioneering Hollywood director, whose oeuvre included such diverse films as Wuthering Heights (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Funny Girl (1968). Read full book review >