Search Results: "The Marchesa Colombi"


BOOK REVIEW

A SMALL-TOWN MARRIAGE by The Marchesa Colombi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A trailblazing work, in its way, and a most welcome rediscovery."
This 1885 novella, which reappeared in 1973 under the editorship of the late Italo Calvino, was the most celebrated work of a pseudonymous Italian writer (1840-1920) who may remind contemporary readers of an edgier, funnier George Sand. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Delightfully absurd musings on both everyday life and fantasy from an unusually creative mind."
Quirky, irreverent comic strips loaded with interesting and eclectic observations about the today's society. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONION BOOK OF KNOWN KNOWLEDGE by The Onion
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A grab bag well worth dipping into and a testament to the still-thriving art of book design."
The irreverent crew from the long-running satirical newspaper and website present a compendium of mock encyclopedia entries, lavishly illustrated. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 19, 2011

"The plot lurches from one surreal scenario to the next, but readers can really amp up the silliness if they've a mind to. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
As customizable as they come, this tale of a wisecracking meatball on the run from a greedy chef can take longer to set up than to read through. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE 40s by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 6, 2014

"An absolute treat. Hopefully, the New Yorker will continue to publish such anthologies on other decades."
Make room on the bookshelf. The New Yorker's look at 1940s history, culture, literature and civilization is a book to be read, reread and savored. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DAY THE MUSIC STOPPED by The Juno Company
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2011

"Still, it's a brilliant concept and quite well done. (iPad storybook app. 3-6)"
Juno and little brother Rai Rai travel to make-believe musical land Harmonia Springs, where they learn about music and how to appreciate it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WARRIOR STORY by We The Force Studios
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2014

"A sanitized but action-packed rendition of the hero's early exploits. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 7-10)"
Elaborate video game graphics give this somewhat embroidered account of David's youth and battle with Goliath a melodramatic cast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS by The Story Mechanics
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 13, 2013

"Digital (in)activity slows down an already ponderous suspense yarn."
The often reworked World War I-era espionage classic re-emerges on a new, interactive media platform that somewhat dilutes its inherent drama and suspense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WAKING PRINCE by The Story Elves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A grab bag of stories and storytelling-workshop elements, with lively, fluent prose and art that really deserves better plotlines. (iPad storybook/instructional app. 7-9, adult)"
Torrents of words and pictures, plus ingenious software design, propel a more-or-less-linked pair of clever but half-baked tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWORD OF SHAME by The Medieval Murderers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2006

"The second team effort in a series (The Tainted Relic, 2006) that follows a prized object through history. It's not an original idea, but one that allows many favorite medieval sleuths to share a single volume."
A magnificent weapon created before the Norman Conquest becomes known as the Sword of Shame and provides many a murder to solve. Read full book review >