Search Results: "Austin Grossman"


BOOK REVIEW

YOU by Austin Grossman
Released: April 16, 2013

"While Grossman's imagination is fertile, the narrative is overly discursive and rambling."
Calling all video gamers...here's a novel about designing, playing and ultimately becoming obsessed with fantasy and science-fiction games. Read full book review >

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SOON I WILL BE INVINCIBLE by Austin Grossman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2007

"For all the special effects, a debut novel that's lifeless and inert."
Superheroes square off against a supervillain in a high-tech fantasy. Read full book review >

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CROOKED by Austin Grossman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2015

"A worthy pop-cult amusement, if sometimes reading like cutting-room-floor Stephen King mixed up with a little Boris and Natasha."
Henry Kissinger, dark lord of the universe? Read full book review >

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MONSTERS LOVE SCHOOL by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Though most readers would probably rather not face a Cyclops principal, hopefully they will have as good a first day as Blue and come to love school. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Austin's scribbly, lovable monsters are back, this time going beyond an exploration of colors (Monsters Love Colors, 2013) to tackle the biggest adventure of all—Monster School. Read full book review >

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COUNTDOWN WITH MILO by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"An amusing, imaginative launch into outer space. (Board book. 1-3)"
Milo and Mouse have an out-of-this-world adventure. Read full book review >

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JUNKYARD by Mike Austin
by Mike Austin, illustrated by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"While some kids will be fascinated with the robotic Munching Machines, the takeaway is unclear, and the represented ease of getting rid of garbage is certainly wrong. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title on the cover is a clue to the tale—"JUNK" is rendered in a rusty-colored scribbly style, while "YARD" is a light green with a grassy pattern—but the ultimate message is murky. Read full book review >

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WHERE IS MILO'S BALL? by Mike Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2012

"Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable—but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)"
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Read full book review >

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KING GROSSMAN
by Poornima Apte

King Grossman had just returned from participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protests when Kirkus caught up with him. His desire to become an active citizen informs the backbone of his debut indie venture, Letters to Alice. The novel has a feel for the zeitgeist of our times with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring woven into its threads ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Austin Aslan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Exciting and fast-paced entertainment with a thoughtful subtext asking readers to ponder the interconnectedness of life on a fragile planet. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This sequel to The Islands at the End of the World (2014) finds Leilani reunited with her family on Hawaii's Big Island as humanity slowly adapts to the new, post-apocalyptic normal.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2014

"For a picture of strict belief in class distinctions and the stupidity of the fools who accede to the good of the whole, please step this way. For anyone else, take a pass."
As the great-nephew of the first president, Washington writes about a forgotten book he claims molded the Founding Father's personality: H. de Luzancy's A Panegyrick to the Memory of His Grace Frederick, Late Duke of Schonberg (1690). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"After this paean to all he's learned, it's jarring to read that Murphy later returned to the Sports Illustrated life. He may claim that since his adventure, 'when I'm home, I'm more involved,' but that's cold comfort."
Predictable but funny account of a sports journalist's half-year stint as a stay-at-home dad. Read full book review >