Search Results: "Brendan Powell Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Those who favor a literal interpretation of Bible stories and fans of Smith's popular series will probably feel that this floats their boat; those looking for a gentler (and less visually ridiculous) introduction to the popular story should look elsewhere. (Picture book/religion. 5-7)"
This interpretation of the story of Noah and his Ark combines the familiar Old Testament story with perennially popular LEGO® building blocks used to create the illustrations. Read full book review >

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SURVIVE-O-PEDIA by David Borgenicht
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Mild amusement for armchair travelers, offering (as the intro puts it) 'all of the adventure with none of the stitches.' (Browsing item. 10-12)"
From "Airplane Crashes" to "Whitewater" and "Woods," an alphabetical tally of hazardous situations with (usually) a few coping strategies. Read full book review >

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INFORMATION INSECURITY by Brendan January
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Listen up, warns January in this arresting work: everyone is watching, and nothing is deleted for keeps. (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
Some sound advice: assume everything you do on the Internet is seen or collected by someone other than your intended audience, out of malice or opportunism, pure and simple. Read full book review >

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SHUTOUT by Brendan Halpin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Amanda's quandary will resonate with readers as she tackles timely topics such as friendship woes, teen drinking and family life with admirable aplomb. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Fourteen-year-old Amanda is on the cusp of many changes at the outset of her freshman year. Read full book review >

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ISIS by Brendan January
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Paired with a quality volume on Islam, this book can be enlightening; for readers without a solid understanding of Islam, it will likely reinforce stereotypes. (source notes, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this slim nonfiction volume, January traces the genesis, activities, and influence of the global terrorist group known as ISIS. Read full book review >

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THE GRANNY by Brendan O’Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"If tear-jerkers put you off, however, this will not be your cup of tea."
The third installment of the Agnes Browne trilogy, in which O'Carroll (The Mammy, 1999; The Chisellers, p. 205) follows the fortunes and foibles of the Dublin widow and her large brood all the way to Agnes's happy end. Read full book review >

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DEADLY COVE by Brendan DuBois
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"As usual, DuBois works hard to give every possible attitude toward nuclear plants a sympathetic hearing, and he's honest enough to acknowledge that solving the mystery does nothing to solve the problems he raises so compellingly."
Ex-Department of Defense analyst Lewis Cole is caught in a fatal crossfire between rabid anti-nuke activists and the corporate and union stalwarts behind New Hampshire's Falconer Unit 2. Read full book review >

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HOTEL MALABAR by Brendan Galvin
Released: March 6, 1998

"A first-rate yarn that insists on its status as poetry."
The only indication that this fine short story is a narrative poem is its arrangement into segments on the page, and an occasional —poetic— flourish—a zingy phrase or an added-on image. Read full book review >

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RESURRECTION DAY by Brendan Dubois
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1999

"DuBois's version of life after limited nuclear war has some clever constructs, but turgid pacing and threadbare characterization reduce a promising what-if to so-so."
The speculative setting for DuBois's latest (after Shattered Shell, p. 106, etc.) is the world after the Cuban missile crisis got resolved the hard way. Read full book review >

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I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW by Brendan Halpin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2009

"What could have been an interesting period piece about the creative process turns out more like an episode of Behind The Music: Schoolhouse Rock!"
A young group of musicians toiling on a series of educational songs for television get into that '70s groove, in this tepid rock 'n' roll melodrama from Halpin (How Ya Like Me Now, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >