Search Results: "Viktor Mayer-Schönberger"


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Released: March 5, 2013

"A fascinating, enthusiastic view of the possibilities of vast computer correlations and the entrepreneurs who are taking advantage of them."
Plenty of books extol the technical marvels of our information society, but this is an original analysis of the information itself—trillions of searches, calls, clicks, queries and purchases. Read full book review >

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THIRD FACTORY by Viktor Shklovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

"The patchwork structure and whimsical rhetoric take some getting used to, but the resulting celebration of artistic individuality and integrity rings true."
This 1926 novel (originally published in this translation by Ardis in 1977) by a prominent Russian Formalist critic well known for his studies of Tolstoy and Mayakovsky reshapes the conventions of autobiography to express "the idea of art as pure form"—an idea that became anathema to the agenda-burdened architects of the 1917 Revolution. Read full book review >

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OCTOPUS SOUP by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Welcome back, Mercer; what's next—turtle soup? (Wordless picture book. 5-8)"
After being absent from the trade market for a while, Mayer returns with this wordless book and his well-known "monster" touches. Read full book review >

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THE REAL SANTA CLAUS by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Nonetheless, Mayer's (The Twelve Apostles, not reviewed, etc.) work is a wonderful tribute to the saint whose generosity is celebrated every year. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
The life of the real St. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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MAN'S SEARCH FOR ULTIMATE MEANING by Viktor E. Frankl
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 1997

"Frankl's question about ultimate meaning and a few of his observations are profound, yet much else in this sometimes rambling book disappointingly stops at the surface."
These nine essays comprise a kind of sequel to the author's famous foundation work of ``logotherapy,'' Man's Search for Meaning, with a focus on a person's spiritual rather than existential striving. Read full book review >

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SHIBUMI AND THE KITEMAKER by Mercer Mayer
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Such visual nuances heighten the suspense of the storytelling and add a level of sophistication rare for a picture book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this moving tale from Mayer, an emperor chooses to isolate his daughter Shibumi from the squalor of the city by walling her in his palace and gardens. Read full book review >

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SYNBAT by Bob Mayer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Action-packed entertainment—with primate villains that are not, alas, based on paranoid fantasies but on probable results of research programs reported to have been funded by the US government."
In the atavistic milieu plausibly conjured up by Mayer for his latest thriller (Eyes of the Hammer, Dragon SIM-13), Synbats are synthetic battle forms—expendable, elementally sentient, genetically altered baboons developed for military duties deemed too hazardous or risky for higher-order troops. Read full book review >

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RESWYT by David Mayer
Released: Sept. 28, 2011

"Occasionally glimmering with delightful insight and historical detail, the book suffers from over-description in its opening chapters but succeeds in latter pages to create a mystical forest of speaking creatures and clashing swords."
Egyptology opens the door to a magical dreamland in Mayer's young adult fantasy novel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Mayer claims to 'brush history against the grain'—in fact, he succeeds mostly in brushing against the facts."
An analysis of the "furies" (both left and right) of the French and Russian Revolutions that gets lost in a time warp. Read full book review >

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GALAHAD CRIED by Roy Mayer
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"An intriguing novel about how one man left his mark on Canadian history."
In his debut historical novel, Mayer tells the story of a real-life 19th-century journalist, activist and hero. Read full book review >

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EYES OF THE HAMMER by Bob Mayer
Released: July 1, 1991

"The male-female bonding in battle is of interest."
First novel, by an ex-Green Beret, in which America's eagerness to cut the Colombian connection plays into the hands of the worst of the druglords—and it is up to one wiry little soldier and a tough CIA lady to stop the fiend before he owns Colombia outright. Read full book review >