Search Results: "The Story Mechanics"


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 >

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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 >

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ROCKIN' THREE BILLY GOATS by Dianne de Las Casas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"This goes to show that a little creativity and funkiness go a long way. Rock on. (iPad storybook app 3-5)"
Interaction is very minimal, illustrations are featureless, and navigation is clunky, but there's one distinct element that makes this retelling of the Norwegian folk tale worth the price of admission. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 27, 2012

"It's a nice-enough book with a well-handled message, but probably not one that holds up to too many repeated readings. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
A storybook with a clear, easy-to-understand message about embracing the similarities of friends who live under different circumstances, this app succeeds even if its page structure proves cumbersome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"A sure-handed narrative led by a hapless but resilient adventurer."
High jinks ensue in this picaresque novel when an author sets out 'round the world to shepherd his short story through several translations. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN YOU KNOW by Rosalyn Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Romantic, deeply sentimental redemption story of smoky jazz clubs, beauty salons crackling with gossip, and the intricate, wide-ranging community that holds it all together."
Buried secrets divide an African-American couple in debut fiction from Fort Worth Symphony violinist Story (And so I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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MAYA'S STORY by Diana Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2017

"A lively and optimistic alarm bell regarding the fractured state of the globe today."
This debut YA fantasy sees a teen prepare to battle the ills of the world and the sinister force responsible. Read full book review >

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WADING HOME by Rosalyn Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The current oil-spill crisis only makes the hopefulness of this novel more moving, if heart-wrenching."
In this affective second novel from Story (More Than You Know, 2004), a Dallas-based violinist with the Fort Worth Symphony, New Orleans natives struggle to recover their lives as well as their property after Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >

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THINGS GRAK HATES by Peter J Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An amusing, occasionally sobering look at how evil can spring from unexpected wells."
A humorous debut novel about the surprising consequences of one man's intense distaste for olives. Read full book review >

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FINAL THESIS by William L. Story
Released: April 18, 1989

A medium-boiled debut for college professor Nich Toland—"a kind of a policeman"—who turns down student Darlene Abbott's request to find her missing chum Kristin, then changes his mind when one girl turns up dead in a Combat Zone alley, and the other in a wayside gulley. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 2012

"A winner: beautifully illustrated, nicely designed and solidly informative. (iPad informational app. 6-9)"
A seamless blend of realistic graphics, high-resolution photography and well-chosen interactive features makes for an inviting introduction to bat behavior and types. Read full book review >

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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 >