Search Results: "Hamson Design"


BOOK REVIEW

ANGUS AND MAX BLAST OFF! by Hamson Design
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2012

"There's too much space debris here for a smooth ride. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)"
In this rhyming spaceship adventure, a boy and his dog go where no one has gone before. Read full book review >

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SANTA AND THE CHRISTMAS LIST MUDDLE by MiBooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"An assortment of tap-activated giggling elves, color changes and sound effects adorning the cartoon illustrations don't compensate for fundamental flaws in execution. (iPad holiday app. 5-7)"
A muddle indeed, this unstable and badly designed holiday minitale will spread more frustration than cheer. Read full book review >

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BARNYARD MYSTERY by MiBooks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2011

"This nonstarter shortchanges both readers and the story's potential by attempting this most difficult approach and falling awkwardly short. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
In this "choose your own adventure" rhyming storybook, a day trip to Farmer Bill's barnyard presents a wee, feathered problem: a missing chick. Read full book review >

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DEADLY DESIGN by Debra Dockter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 2, 2015

"This engaging blend of science fiction and survival may well pique many interests. (Thriller. 14-18)"
When perfectionist, genetically modified teens start dying, surely slacker Kyle can't be next. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTERIOR DESIGN by Philip Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1996

"Unique, somber terrain, precisely charted by a writer in absolute control of his material."
Eight disturbing, elegant tales that plumb the obsessive powers of the imagination. Read full book review >

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FINAL DESIGN by Noreen Gilpatrick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Still, Katie's a keeper, and the writing's fluid and easygoing."
Gilpatrick follows her chilling debut (The Piano Man, 1991) with a more conventional police tale featuring warmhearted Katie MacLean, of Seattle's neighboring Eastside Police Force (EPF), who has just been named D.I.C. (detective in charge) of a homicide investigation. Read full book review >

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DEXTER BY DESIGN by Jeff Lindsay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"The best of Dexter's four adventures to date, the trademark mixture of amusement and horror complemented by a genuinely suspenseful plot."
The Miami PD forensic tech who analyzes blood-spatter patterns of murder victims when he's not dispatching them himself (Dexter in the Dark, 2007, etc.) comes up against an equally formidable foe. Read full book review >

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MURDER BY DESIGN by Jon P. Bloch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"Bloch skewers his overstuffed cast with relish and panache, running a mot a minute, but lets his plot flounder."
A cheeky gossip columnist deconstructs a popular reality makeover show and solves a murder in the process. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NATURE BY DESIGN by Bruce Brooks
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 27, 1991

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the new ``Knowing Nature'' series, this book about animal-made structures (honeycombs, spider webs, termite, wasp, and bird nests, etc.) has eye-catching color photos; unfortunately, the text (by the author of The Moves Make the Man, 1985 Newbery Honor) is wordy, stilted, and unsatisfying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1991

"A mildly interesting, indifferently written primer on image usagea book that's finally not much more than a hard-sell promotional brochure for Chajet's corporate decorating firm. (Sixteen-page four-color insertnot seen.)"
Here, top corporate-image man Chajet, with the largely invisible aid of Shachtman (Decade of Shocks, 1983, etc.), tells a little about his professional activities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Design My Life by Liza Drozdov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"Wit, a bit of romance, and a satisfying conclusion make for an often enjoyable read."
Drozdov offers a takedown of reality television in this debut novel about an assistant on a popular home-makeover program. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"The author is not much of a prose stylist, but he gives enough historical evidence to back the theory that political and social change are in the hands of activists willing to make a stand against conventional practices."
Thoughts on how "alternative institutions" could revamp American society. Read full book review >