Search Results: "Robert X. Cringely"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A lively, informed overview of a consequential enterprise that, for all its volatility, has produced earth-shaking change throughout the Global Village."
A savvy observer's witty, wide-ranging audit of the personal- computer industry's ragtag roots, disorderly (albeit dramatic) growth, and competitive future. Read full book review >

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Tangerine for the Executioner's Rope by Robert X. Burgess
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 19, 2014

"Frank Fitzpatrick will lead this mystery series with ease, boasting the deductive skills of Philip Marlowe and the style of James Bond in high tops."
A private eye travels to Las Vegas to find his missing friend and winds up investigating a murder in Burgess' debut thriller, the first in a proposed series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2004

"Top-notch. Deserving of a place alongside Michael Herr's Dispatches, Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, and other classic or soon-to-be-so tales of modern war."
A consistently engaging kill-and-tell tale of life in olive drab. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2011

"Intelligent, convincing and depressing, despite the author's evident zest for teaching."
Expanding on his controversial Atlantic Monthly essay, "Professor X" assails the ill-considered optimism that encourages unprepared students to assume crippling debt to get college degrees they don't really need. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHANDELIERS by Vincent X. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fans of the illustrator's previous works (and theater) will forgive the flaws in favor of the electrifying compositions; those seeking true conflict or emotional connections should look elsewhere. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Kirsch applies his ornate flourishes to a troupe of giraffes in this tale of theatrical entrances and exits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FREDDIE & GINGERSNAP by Vincent X. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A light look at childhood friendship and the complicated, primitive feelings that often accompany any relationship. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dinosaurs and dragons don't usually mix, but when little Gingersnap's wings fail her up in the clouds, she crashes right into Freddie down on the ground. A face-off transpires. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRUMBLE NOISE by Erik X. Raj
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"Of all the literary explanations for all the terrible noises of the night, this one needs a bit more than the plate of cookies at the end to make it worth the read. Unless, of course, it's still a free download. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)"
In this all-too-predictable story of scary noises in the night, a young boy's imagination pushes him toward bravery...and a midnight snack. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELYMPICS by X. J. Kennedy
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The observations are immediate and funny. (Picture book/poetry. 4-8)"
Kennedy's deceptively facile verse amuses as it places under scrutiny a herd of elephants engaged in summer and winter Olympic sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Corn Standard by Dennis x Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2016

"An ambitious, quick satire that offers a mixed bag of the cynical and the odd."
Myers (Coyote, 2012) offers a satirical novel about one lawyer's quest through a bizarre Midwestern world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GUARDIANS OF PROSPERITY by Richard X. Bove
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A well-written, lively and provocative argument that may not sway everyone but is certainly worth consideration."
Bank analyst Bove defends the largest American banks, and bankers in general, in a controversial counternarrative to the dominant theories about the causes of the financial crisis of 2008. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"An uncommonly sensible challenge to conventional wisdom on a complex issue that's sure to be a focus of partisan debate in the 1996 presidential election and beyond."
A career technocrat's immensely informative, albeit against- the-grain, analysis of the perceived problems of federal budget deficits. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Making good on the promise of his Way of the Jaguar (2000), Stork delivers a powerful tale populated by appealing (and decidedly unappealing) characters and rich in emotional nuance. (Fiction. YA)"
In what turns out to be considerably more than just another tale told by an intelligent narrator with a spectrum disorder, 17-year-old Marcelo Sandoval gets a life-changing taste of the "real world" when he's forced to take a summer job in his father's law firm. Read full book review >