Science Fiction & Fantasy Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff CROSS, JANINE. Touched by Venom. ROC: NAL. (DragonTemple Saga). Nov. 2005. c.384p. ISBN 0-451-46048-0. pap. $14. FANTASY Headstrong and independent in a society where women are silent breeders of sons and where both men and women are ruled by the whims of the dragonmasters of the Dragon Temple, Zarq Darquel angers the […]

Twelve Titles Chronicle the Legacy of C.S. Lewis | November 15, 2005

By Ron Ratliff Not long before he passed away, Irish-born writer C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) said that he doubted anyone would read his books five years after his death. He could not have been more wrong. Some 42 years later, he is probably the most popular Christian writer in print. Lewis published a number […]

Xpress Reviews: First Look at New Books, November 8, 2005

By LJ Staff Week of November 8 Fiction Pratt, Tim. The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl. Bantam. Dec. 2005. c.416p. ISBN 0-553-38338-8. pap. $12. Fantasy College dropout Marzi (short for Marzipan) works the evening shift as a barista in a Santa Cruz, CA, coffeehouse. During the day, she draws her cow-punk/neo-Western comic book series, The Strange […]

Arts & Humanities Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Arts BOWLES, PAUL & OTHERS. Claudio Bravo: Paintings and Drawings (1964 – 2004). Rizzoli, dist. by Random. Nov. 2005. 454p. illus. bibliog. ISBN 0-8478-2749-6. $150. FINE ARTS Seemingly unaffected by art movements or trends, Chilean-born artist Claudio Bravo (b. 1936) has produced softly glowing, classically inspired canvases of simple objects and figures […]

Art Instruction Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff All About Techniques in Dry Media. Barron’s. 2005. c.144p. ed. by Parramón’s Editorial Team. illus. index. ISBN 0-7641-5860-0. $26.99. ART INSTRUCTION Barron’s has recently been mining a lode of Spanish art instruction books originally published by Parramón Ediciones, S.A. Last year, as part of this same "All About Techniques" series, the company […]

Fiction Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff BANVILLE, JOHN. The Sea. Knopf. Nov. 2005. c.208p. ISBN 0-307-26311-8. $23. F "I have carried the memory of that moment through a whole half century, as if it were the emblem of something final, precious and irretrievable," says the narrator of Banville’s Booker Prize – winning novel of a relatively trivial moment. […]

Reference Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff The American Heritage Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Houghton. 2005. c.480p. ISBN 0-618-59260-1. $19.95. REF This dictionary focuses on phrasal verbs, specifically those that have meaning beyond the literal definitions of the words involved. Organized alphabetically, it offers clearly written, brief definitions with sample sentences. For example, eight definitions are given for "Come […]

Professional Media Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Music To Librarians’ Ears BRADLEY, CAROL JUNE. American Music Librarianship: A Research and Information Guide. Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group. (Music Bibliographies). 2005. 382p. index. ISBN 0-415-97291-4. $95. Bradley, retired music librarian, SUNY-Buffalo, and one of our foremost writers on the subject of music libraries, offers a comprehensive bibliography of English-language sources […]

Video Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff The Edward R. Murrow Collection. 4 vols. color & b/w. 6½ hrs. CBS., Inc., dist. by Docurama c/o New Video Group, 19 Gregory Dr., Burlington, VT 05403; 800-314-8822; 2005. DVD ISBN 0-7670-8075-1. $59.95. Includes: Harvest of Shame; The McCarthy Years; The Best of See It Now; This Reporter. COMM In this […]

Social Sciences Reviews | November 15, 2005

By LJ Staff Anthropology & Customs DAVIS, KENNETH C. Don’t Know Much About Mythology: Everything You Need To Know About the Greatest Stories in Human History But Never Learned. HarperCollins. Nov. 2005. c.560p. bibliog. index. ISBN 0-06-019460-X. $26.95. FOLKLORE In this latest volume from Davis’s "Don’t Know Much About" series, which began with his New […]