Search Results: "Doug Anderson"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2009

"Most readers will want to turn to more deeply felt books about the era, including Philip Caputo's A Rumor of War (1977), Jonathan Shay's Achilles in Vietnam (1994) and Peter Coyote's Sleeping Where I Fall (1998)."
Middling memoir of the bad old days of booze, acid and shrapnel. Read full book review >

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TOO BIG TO DANCE by Doug Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

In this rhymed fable, set deep in bayou country, the friendly furred, feathered, and scaly folk of Crawdad County ensure that when it's time to dance, no one's left out of the mix. Read full book review >

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IGNITION by Kevin J. Anderson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 26, 1997

"Even Steven Seagal's standards are higher than this, but blowing up the Vehicular Assembly Building ought to look good on the screen. (Film rights to Universal)"
Terrorists seize Cape Canaveral at the time of a shuttle launch in a new technothriller from Anderson and Beason (the eco-disaster novel Ill Wind, 1995; etc.). Read full book review >

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ILL WIND by Kevin J. Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Style and characterization are often clunky, but the fast- moving story pushes all the right emotional buttons for mass success: It's almost un-put-downable."
A big, near-future disaster novel straddling the border between science fiction and technothriller, likely to appeal to fans of both. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM THE LIZZARKS by Doug TenNapel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A promising first offering; now let's see where it goes. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
In a richly imagined amphibian-vs.-reptile world, Herk, a small, but plucky Nnewt, must face the viciously villainous Lizzarks after they destroy all that he holds dear.
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INSPECTOR HOPPER’S MYSTERY YEAR by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Cushman also makes the bug world a pretty appealing place, with its fine colors, merry gesticulations, everyday happenings, and doubtless the only mealy bug in existence that sports luxurious mustachios and a dapper bowler hat. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Cushman offers a second helping of good, just-this-side-of-goofy stories for beginning readers, featuring Inspector Hopper and McBugg, introduced in Inspector Hopper (2000). Read full book review >

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DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BONES by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Although informed by horror movies, the illustrations play down potential scariness in favor of humor, making this monster mystery a satisfying, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
In this follow-up to Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (2006), the skeleton reporter/detective is on the trail of a missing book by Frankenstein monster-esque writer Edgar Bleek. Read full book review >

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DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Doug Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Stay tuned for sequels. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The creator of Aunt Eater and Inspector Hopper opens a new easy-reader series featuring an even less conventional sleuth. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AND MOLE AND THE YEAR-ROUND GARDEN by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"A book that promises more than it delivers; still, the sprightly tone and cheery illustrations may arouse interest, and a knowledgeable adult could build on what's outlined here. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Scientific American imprimatur on this Children's BOMC selection is misleading: the two animal friends' gardening between one spring and the next—planting vegetables, watching them grow, putting things by, enjoying the beach or making a snow mouse as they await the next garden task—makes an effective overview of seasonal activities, but it's marred by inattention to detail. E.g., Mole shows Mouse ``how to plant pea seeds,'' but no specifics are offered; four corn seedlings (in a single row under an apple tree) simply don't resemble corn in the cartoon- style illustrations; and while a substantial number of related facts are offered in boxes at page bottoms (e.g., ``under the garden'' are worms, ants, grubs, and aphids) they tend to be superficial (what is the significance of these underground creatures?). Read full book review >

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AESOP IN CALIFORNIA by Doug Hansen
adapted by Doug Hansen, illustrated by Doug Hansen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2013

"This affectionate, glowing collection will be hard to resist. (Fables. 4-8)"
North to south, east to west, across mountain, valley, ocean and desert, California's flora and fauna illustrate adapted Aesopian fables. Read full book review >

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MOUSE & MOLE AND THE CHRISTMAS WALK by Doug Cushman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"301, etc.) tale is cheerful and enlightening. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Mouse and Mole's walk is an environmentally safe hunt for a Christmas tree. Read full book review >