Search Results: "Darrell Toland"


BOOK REVIEW

EDSEL MACFARLAN'S NEW CAR by Max Holechek
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 8, 2011

"Edsel's story is entertaining, but as an app it doesn't quite rev the engine to the limit. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
Automotively named Edsel McFarlan loves model cars and has a thrilling high-octane adventure when the toy of his dreams arrives in this visually zippy app that ultimately fails to kick into high gear on the interactive lane. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HERE COMES DARRELL by Leda Schubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2005

"Azarian's folksy, unpretentious woodcuts are hand-tinted with cheerful watercolors, bringing to life the four New England seasons and the friendly, practical relationships they can foster. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Rural Northern Vermont is heartwarming through all seasons when neighbors help each other. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN MORTAL COMBAT by John Toland
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"The sparsely annotated text has 55 photographs and 18 helpful maps."
For an ostensibly forgotten war, the Korean ``police action'' has commanded a lot of literary attention in recent years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 1997

A unique raconteur tells the history of the 20th century through the stories of its protagonists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2013

"Relatively sound advice for the lovelorn, energetically and economically packaged."
Pithy analogies punctuate this largely sober self-improvement missive that aims to help men and women in the dating world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR SECRET'S OUT by Darrell Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Spencer's a talented writer who can snap his fingers and go, but here there are too many forced epiphanies—as though stories try to claim territory that's been looked at and passed over but not explored."
Spencer (A Woman Packing a Pistol, 1987—not reviewed) cops a high-flying attitude in the 12 stories collected here—all about various odd ducks or blue-collar types, most of whom live in Las Vegas, Utah, and Nevada. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2015

"A bellicose diagnosis of everything that's wrong with America."
A debut political polemic bemoans the downfall of the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUSSIAN ROULETTE by Elizabeth Darrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 31, 2006

"Whodunit? Who cares?"
Darrell (We Will Remember, 1996, etc.) swaps her usual historical fiction for a tedious military mystery spiced with bad sex scenes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONCERTO by Elizabeth Darrell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1994

"Old hat, but this stuff still has a devoted, albeit small, readership."
Especially for those late-night movie addicts who happily snuffle at WW II romances in which English men and women soldier on while grabbing at brief, heated hours of Love in the midst of War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MONSTER WITHIN by Darrell Pitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Nevertheless, middle-grade readers will likely be caught up in the excitement of the story and find the pluck and boldness of the daring duo engaging. (Steampunk. 11-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack Mason and his 15-year-old fellow apprentice in detection, Scarlet Bell, find danger and turmoil in this steampunk adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Conjurer and Other Azorean Tales by Darrell Kastin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"An extremely impressive blend of escapism and portraiture of the human condition, following in the footsteps of Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel García Márquez."
Kastin (The Undiscovered Island, 2009) uses the landscape and culture of the Azores, his maternal homeland, to marvelous effect in this spellbinding collection of short stories that tend toward folklore and magical realism. Read full book review >