Search Results: "Dylan Schaffer"


BOOK REVIEW

MISDEMEANOR MAN by Dylan Schaffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 12, 2004

"First-timer Schaffer, a public defender, packs too much writing into too little space—but it's fun, nonetheless, making a good case for both Manilow and Oakland."
A case of public indecency escalates to capital murder while the music of Barry Manilow plays on. Read full book review >

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I RIGHT THE WRONGS by Dylan Schaffer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2005

"Overlong, and the constant references to Manilow songs will result in persistent, uninvited theme music for readers of a certain age. Still, Seegerman remains likable."
A case of dognapping distracts public defender Gordy Seegerman from rehearsals as he again readies himself and his band of fellow worshippers to meet the man of their dreams, Barry Manilow. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2006

"Fraught lessons learned about the stuff of living and the staff of life, along with kvetching in the kitchen."
Dysfunctional family angst rises precariously in bread-baking classes at a New York cooking school. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The images continue in a splendid visual extension of Dylan's wry wit; children will delight in the chance to supply the final animal's name themselves. (Picture book. 3-10)"
Dylan fans extant in 1979 when his album Slow Train Coming was released won't be able to keep his rasping voice out of their heads, but that shouldn't impair their appreciation, or children's, of this wonderfully imaginative visualization of the lyrics. Read full book review >

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THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE THE RULES by Dylan Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 1995

"But the chills that course through this gothic freak show are all too real."
What ought to be a break for the CID in their efforts to catch The Carpenter, a serial killer who tortures his female victims in truly horrific ways before letting them die—the unaccountable survival of Dr. Thomas Meredith, who witnessed the crucifixion and murder of his companion Jilly Grant in numbing detail—is foiled when Meredith retreats into apathy in an attempt to block out his awful memories. Read full book review >

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BOARDED WINDOWS by Dylan Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2012

"Read this book to admire Hicks' mastery of language, for the titillating sexual references and for the interesting characters. But if you want a story with a point, Hicks misses the target."
Hicks delivers a postmodern novel likely to appeal to a segment of sophisticated 21st-century readers. Read full book review >

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Released: April 20, 1989

From an investment banker, an illuminating guide to the tricky and increasingly important techniques of countertrading. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A visually polished print debut—with a teaser on the front flap for the app version in place of a blurb. Unsurprisingly, also in development as a film. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Hypercool paintings featuring alien school kids and elaborately detailed planetscapes juice up this weakly plotted tale of a young tinkerer transported to a galactic academy. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 29, 2009

"For heavy LinkedIn users-or those who aspire to be-only."
A primer on the social network LinkedIn and an introduction to Windmill Networking. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Though exploring some subjects only superficially in his account, derived largely from secondary sources, and devoting a third of his text to the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, Schaffer still offers an illuminating overview of the impact of WW I on the US."
If WW I was the most decisive event of the 20th century for Europe, its impact on the US was considerably less, but Schaffer (History/California State at Northridge) shows that the war both presaged and contributed to the rise of federal power in the 1930's. Read full book review >

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FOREVER YOUNG by Bob Dylan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Modern songs don't generally make the leap to this format successfully—Dylan's own Man Gave Names to All the Animals (1999), illustrated by Scott Menchin, being a case in point—but here's a rare exception. (Picture book. 6-8, Boomers)"
Rogers sets Dylan's timeless lyric (composed, writes the renowned author, "in a minute") to simply drawn and colored cartoon scenes strewn with references to iconic '60s-era people and places, as well as Dylan songs and albums. Read full book review >