Search Results: "William Sleator"


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AMONG THE DOLLS by William Sleator
Released: Oct. 13, 1975

"An ingenious, teasing little twist on behavior control, with just enough psychological furnishing to materialize the spooky fascination of old dollhouses."
The antique dollhouse Vicky's parents buy for her tenth birthday—instead of the hoped-for ten-speed bike—distresses her even more when she finds herself inside it, the prisoner and intended slave of the contentious doll family whose nasty dispositions she herself has programmed in her unhappy play sessions. Read full book review >

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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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HOUSE OF STAIRS by William Sleator
Released: April 1, 1974

"But Sleater does a masterly job of differentiating and developing his five human subjects, compelling readers to share in the process of their enlightenment, and communicating his ominous conjecture."
A riveting suspense novel with an anti-behaviorist message that works, despite the lack of subtlety or originality, because it emerges only slowly from the chilling events. Read full book review >

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RUN by William Sleator
Released: April 17, 1973

"In the rush towards a dramatic ending, somehow an innocuous message about irrational fears and sympathy for the underdog turn into a liberal guilt fantasy, and Sleator's inability to give speech or substance to non-middle class characters — whether junkie or cop — becomes painfully obvious."
Sleator did so well with the medieval haunted house Blackbriar (KR, 1972) that it's a shame to see him fumble in an attempt to inject some contemporary relevance into a well paced suspense melodrama. 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 LAST UNIVERSE by William Sleator
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"Although explanations of quantum events are occasionally heavy-handed, the exploits of these two teens in trouble, guided by a cat with strange abilities, will keep readers turning pages until the very end of this exploration of multiple universes. (Science fiction. 12-14)"
A summer ruined by having to cater to her brother's inexplicable illness leaves Susan friendless, bored and resentful enough to become a poster child for teen angst. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO COULDN’T DIE by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Good and creepy, but should be better. (Fiction. 11-15)"
When Ken loses his best friend to a plane crash, he discovers zombie horror—and first love. Read full book review >

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MARCO’S MILLIONS by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2001

"Even so, a very entertaining read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Another page-turner from the author of such classic science fiction as House of Stairs (1974) and Interstellar Pig (1984). Read full book review >

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ODDBALLS by William Sleator
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Though he admits to making up a few things, his dedication is telling—'To my family: Please forgive me!' (Slightly fictionalized autobiography. 11-14)"
The author of such reliably offbeat sf thrillers as Strange Attractors (1990) radically changes pace for ten hilarious, semi- autobiographical stories. Read full book review >