Search Results: "Silicon Beach Software"


BOOK REVIEW

SNOW WHITE by Silicon Beach Software
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2012

"Good for a few chortles, particularly from fans of cheesier video games. (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Elaborately crafted pans, zooms and touch-controlled dialogue trick out this tale of the origins of the magic mirror and the evil queen's enmity. Read full book review >

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RUMPELSTILTSKIN HD by Silicon Beach Software
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"The graphics, animation and interaction are fine, but they fail to turn a hollow, unimaginative narrative into gold. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
An adaptation of the fairy tale features panoramic 3-D interaction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

420 CHARACTERS by Lou Beach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"An adroit experiment that marries linguistic restraint to literary cool."
Eclectic, vivid moments in time, delivered in the exacting limits of social media. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1993

"An enthusiastic report by a man in love with his subject, best read on a cold winter's night. (Twelve color, 43 b&w illustrations)"
In a lighthearted homage to a threatened way of life, an American anthropologist recalls his first year among the Saami reindeer herders of Lapland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAMN LOVE by Jasmine Beach-Ferrara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"The author's success—she's a minister and LGBT rights advocate—lies in the simplicity of her style and the honesty of her words as she builds each story, one as fine as the next."
Whether she's writing about gay or straight relationships, the dynamics of family ties or friendships, Beach-Ferrara's exploration of the numerous types of love are spot-on in her debut short story collection. Read full book review >

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EVERLOVE by Silicon Sisters
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Aug. 21, 2013

"Occasional passionate snogging aside, all the physical action's offstage in this touchy-feely outing. (iPad game app. 14 & up)"
In this elaborately plotted-out interactive adventure, "past life regression therapy" sends a modern teenager back several centuries to collect hunky guys while getting in touch with her inner self. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MINIATURE POLAR BEAR by Rogue Software
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2014

"An amiable-enough story weighed down by a few misguided illustrations. (Requires iOS 6 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A boy finds the perfect pet hiding under his bed—trouble is, his mother just won't believe him. Read full book review >

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MIX/MATCH HD by SyGem Software
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2011

"May spark moments of hilarity. (iPad board book. 2-4)"
A small number of images get the mix-n-match treatment in this digital equivalent of a split-page board book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRKLUS by Ahsumma Beach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 28, 2008

"Cheeky, tongue-in-cheek mock fantasy not without flaws, but captivates nonetheless."
When their realm is invaded by a tyrant determined to exterminate all magic, apprentice spellcasters/orphans Dirklus and Annah are caught between opposing armies of pirates, dwarves, knights, comically greedy merchants, big-hearted prostitutes and their conflicted feelings for each other. Read full book review >

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SHOULD WE GO? by Makemi Software
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 19, 2010

"Probably not. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
There's a nugget of a great idea—though not a terribly new one—in this app: a story tool that allows readers to pick characters, clothing, setting and mode of transportation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2004

"The straight stuff: sobering, eye-opening, and not all that sanguine."
A Texas journalist assembles and dissects the facts surrounding the 1998 death of David "Gypsy" Chain, an activist killed in California's Humboldt County Redwood forest when a logger felled a tree nearby. Read full book review >