Search Results: "Hal Friedman"


BOOK REVIEW

OVER THE EDGE by Hal Friedman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Routine, by-the-numbers page-yawner."
Formulaic sequel to Friedman's equally formulaic debut, A Hunting We Will Go (p. 134), brings back gung-ho LAPD maverick Detective Dan Jarrett, this time to rescue a small-town New Jersey schoolteacher, the daughter of Jarrett's dead partner, from obnoxious teenagers, abusive administrators, and a perverted killer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2010

"A perfect prescription for misery-memoir maniacs. (Memoir. YA)"
From five to 18, Cory Friedman was prescribed over 30 different medications to control obsessive-compulsive disorder and Tourette's syndrome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HUNTING WE WILL GO by Hal Friedman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"The result is a novel peopled with stock characters and rife with plot devices that are often both unbelievable and illogical at once."
Los Angeles newswoman rises above a mercenary station manager and the incompetence of the LAPD to nab a sadistic killer with a taste for beautiful female celebrities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ESSENTIAL HAL CLEMENT by Hal Clement
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2000

"At opening up new perspectives, Clement is masterful."
Follow-up to the first installment (1999), this one consisting of 17 stories, 1942-87, though on what basis they were selected isn't clear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOO DEAD TO SWING by Hal Glatzer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Though mystery takes a backseat to band member shenanigans and wall-to-wall banter, it's still a lively jitterbug down memory lane."
In 1940, a woman can't get a job in male-dominated swing bands except as a singer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAST FERRY SOUTH by Hal Dorin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2014

"Patrick O'Brian meets Lee Child in this slightly flawed page-turner that still holds up."
Dorin's debut is a high-seas thriller set largely on a ferry making a perilous journey from Anchorage to Seattle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMMORTAL LYCANTHROPES by Hal Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"This quixotic, uber-intellectual debut, laced with literary and historical references, has some comedic elements, but is, perhaps, too smart for its own good. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A dark, surreal adventure follows Myron, in the company of animal shape-shifters, as he seeks his true identity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2013

"Not a substitute for the real thing."
A culminating work of the Jesus Seminar era and of others influenced by it, this collection of manuscripts serves to complete and update the standard Christian New Testament. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY by Hal Vaughan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"A sorry story of war-time collaboration, exacerbated by the lack of reckoning during her lifetime."
Tenacious digging into secret wartime records reveals a worsening case for the legendary French designer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW MUSIC CAME TO THE WORLD by Hal Ober
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Compare this to the splendid Richard Lewis version (All of You Was Singing, 1990); the Obers' more accessible rendition makes a fine bridge to Lewis's poetic text and Ed Young's more abstract visual imagery. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
The wind god, Quetzalcoatl, climbs to the House of the Sun and brings back musicians—a flute player, a wandering minstrel, singers of lullabies and love songs—who fill the silent earth with music: ``Soon people learned to sing and play, and so did the trees and birds, the whales and wolves, the running streams...'' The adapter details his sources and modifications in an excellent note; in another, the illustrator describes her careful research and ``fusion of motifs from many Mexican cultures.'' The narration has a fresh, lively informality that especially suits it for reading aloud, while Carol Ober's handsomely stylized figures, rich with earth tones and sunny blues and greens, appear in boldly decorative compositions that are just right for group sharing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WISDOM OF THE 90s by George Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 1991

Burns's latest finds the 95-year-old cigar-puffer as witty, if not quite as sharp, as ever. Read full book review >