Search Results: "Marcus Dunstan"


BOOK REVIEW

BLACK LIGHT by Patrick Melton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2011

"It's Ghostbusters with bloody mayhem on steroids, few laughs and a dash of Bruce Lee theatrics."
Buck Carlsbad is a private investigator, a medium and an exorcist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"Informative, compelling and gleefully, unapologetically tendentious."
Sympathetic, admiring biography of the talent scout and record producer who helped propel into popularity such legendary performers as Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Read full book review >

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SNOW PUPPY by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This nicely captures a puppy's (or a child's) distractibility, and the Christmas tie-in adds the moral that Pfister's books never lack. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Pfister gets into the head and heart of a puppy experiencing the wonders of his first snow, as well as the heartache of his first time being lost. Read full book review >

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BERTIE AT BEDTIME by Marcus Pfister
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Gentle, sweet and endearing, but hardly unique. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bertie the Hippo wants Daddy to play. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 29, 1979

"Rockwell's grown-up approach gives some hope that rock criticism can some day be rich, varied, substantial; as of now, on the fairly representative evidence here, it's kid stuff all the way."
The premise of this book was simple: ask twenty writers what rock and roll record they would take to a desert island." Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ABC by Marcus Pfister
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pfister has a following, so adults who recognize his name will likely be drawn to the (hologram-free) artwork. Others may want to choose from among the more classic animal ABCs. (Alphabet book. 4-6)"
Animal alphabet books abound, so it takes something special to make one stand out; this one doesn't have it. Read full book review >

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RECESS WARRIORS by Marcus Emerson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"A welcome throwback to the way recess should be. (Graphic fiction. 7-11)"
Update that cootie shot: zombies have taken over the playground. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF DEAD DAYS by Marcus Sedgwick
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Much is left untold in this fascinatingly brooding tale, but Boy discovers in a final burst of warmth that Willow will be with him whatever his future holds. (author's note) (Fantasy. YA)"
In an 18th-century European city that's grand but decaying, a desperate and mysterious quest occurs during the year's "Dead Days." Read full book review >

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TEETH by Marcus Damanda
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 26, 2007

"A terrific read for those looking for thrills, romance and some bite."
A loner with a secret disorder meets a gang of outlaw vampires in this captivating, violent thriller. Read full book review >

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LAST GANG IN TOWN by Marcus Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gray's smug, repetitive prose utterly fails to put the Clash in a coherent context the way Jon Savage's towering England's Dreaming did for the Sex Pistols. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A hopelessly rambling and combative biography of the seminal punk band. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2012

"Whether or not readers (aging or otherwise) will profit by the author's example, this enjoyable blend of music appreciation, science and personal exploration commands a new respect for how the brain and body responds to the promise, and shock, of the new."
To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, can a 38-year-old tone-deaf professor of cognitive psychology get a guitar and learn how to make it talk? Read full book review >