Search Results: "William Sleator"


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STRANGE ATTRACTORS by William Sleator
Released: Nov. 1, 1989

"Like The Boy Who Reversed Himself (1986), the story here is less memorable than the science behind it."
Sleator incorporates the new theories about chaos and its generation into this dark, complex SF story. Read full book review >

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SINGULARITY by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 1985

"A casual yet crafty interplay of fantasy and sibling psychology: disturbing, funny, and occasionally even touching."
More wonderful weirdness from the author of Interstellar Pig and The Green Futures of Tycho. Read full book review >

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ONCE SAID DARLENE by Steven Kellogg
Released: March 22, 1979

"The message is clearly pro-fantasy, but Sleator's sentences are thumpingly prosaic—and his concocted surprise ending rings no truer than Darlene's stories."
"Darlene liked to make up stories." Read full book review >

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INTO THE DREAM by William Sleator
Released: March 5, 1979

"Far-fetched, but fast-paced—kids with a taste for psi-fi fantasy won't stop to look down."
"Maybe we should call the police," Paul suggests. Read full book review >

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THAT'S SILLY by William Sleator
Released: April 14, 1981

"However, without the imagined life that wins assent for magic, pretending, or realistic fiction, it might strike children as an arid sort of distinction."
The power of pretending—or is it magic?—is ingeniously but mechanically developed in the interplay between Tony, who likes to pretend, and pragmatic Rachel, who scoffs at his make-believe. Read full book review >

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PARASITE PIG by William Sleator
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The presence of a few appealing secondary characters, which Interstellar Pig lacked, gives Barney's new story freshness in its own right, and keeps it from being merely a sequel. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Barney and The Piggy are back in this long-awaited, delightfully icky sequel to Interstellar Pig (1995). Read full book review >

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THE BOXES by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Readers will have to wait to see if there's a sequel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Sleator (The Beasties, 1997, etc.) offers a strained mix of aliens and time travel in this tepid work of science fiction. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN FUTURES OF TYCHO by William Sleator
Released: April 30, 1981

"Sleator manipulates the family conflicts and their nightmare transformations expertly—building the ideas through the page-turning action, weaving in subtle variations on the dominant theme, and turning to his own nimble advantage those built-in paradoxes of the time-travel concept which often weaken similar stories."
An odd, egg-shaped object, planted by aliens in the mesozoic swamp, is found about 80 million years later by Tycho Tithonis, an eleven-year-old digging in his garden. Read full book review >

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INTERSTELLAR PIG by William Sleator
Released: June 11, 1984

"Notwithstanding the crunch of confusing sf-puzzle cliches in this semi-tongue-in-cheek finale: steady, challenging amusement for savvy readers."
From creepy to hilarious to murkily outlandish: a freewheeling science-fiction nightmare/comedy from the inventive author of The Green Futures of Tycho (as well as several non-sf winners). Read full book review >

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THE DUPLICATE by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 1988

"Though Sleator's characters, especially Angela, lack dimension, his plot is developed with a terrifying logic that should keep the pages turning."
When David observes a seagull inexplicably made into two gulls by a machine (labeled "Spee-Dee-Dupe") that he has found on the beach, it occurs to him that this may be a solution to his immediate problem: how to go simultaneously to his grandmother's birthday dinner and on his first date with Angela. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1986

"Similar in some respects, but much inferior to A Wrinkle in Time."
Suppose there were other spatial dimensions, beyond the three that we know—how would we see them? Read full book review >

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REWIND by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1999

"Sleator has a following, but he won't win any new fans with this one. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Another ingenious but leaky story from Sleator (The Boxes, 1998, etc.), likely to leave readers more puzzled than intrigued. Read full book review >