Search Results: "Homer Hickam"


BOOK REVIEW

CRATER by Homer Hickam
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2012

"High adventure on the space frontier. The horse is a nice touch. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Long-haul trucking on the Moon…with raiders, romance and a secret mission. Read full book review >

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THE DINOSAUR HUNTER by Homer Hickam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"The rare novel that pits science against cowboy doggedness, getting both of them right."
Cowboys and criminals mix it up in the new West over the bones of dead monsters. Read full book review >

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THE FAR REACHES by Homer Hickam
Released: June 1, 2007

"Excellent war and, when the guns aren't firing, equally fine peace."
Hickam sends his recurring hero, Josh Thurlow, to the World War II invasion of Tarawa and then off to an edenic atoll with a few stalwart troops and a complicated Irish nun who hopes he will carry out her own battle plan. Read full book review >

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CRATER TRUEBLOOD AND THE LUNAR RESCUE COMPANY by Homer Hickam
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"Tidy at the close but even more of a patchwork than the previous episodes. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
The third and (probable) close to Hickam's lunar war epic wraps up loose ends aplenty amid a welter of rescues, revelations and big explosions. Read full book review >

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CRESCENT by Homer Hickam
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"A middle volume of entertaining but, at best, loosely knit set pieces; only for confirmed fans of the first. (Science fiction/fantasy. 11-14)"
Hickam advances the plot of his war-on-the-moon Western Crater (2012), but not very far in this patchy sequel. Read full book review >

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ROCKET BOYS by Homer Hickam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1998

"Heavy on '50s nostalgia, invoking song lyrics throughout and portraying the era's inhibition of sexual relations among young people. (First serial to Life; film rights to Universal; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
This straightforward, un-self-conscious memoir is set in Coalwood, W. Va., where the author was 14 years old in 1957, the son of the local mine superintendent. Read full book review >

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RED HELMET by Homer Hickam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Only the mine resembles a living thing in this flat and utterly predictable tale."
An improbable romance brings a flashy New Yorker to coal country. Read full book review >

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THE COALWOOD WAY by Homer Hickam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"A moving saga that (just) steers clear of the nostalgic swamp most hometown memoirs sink into."
Hickam's 1950s West Virginian coal-town story (Rocket Boys, 1998) continues: a polished memoir of a roughhewn place seen through his eyes as a perceptive, questing teenager. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPER’S SON by Homer Hickam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"First of a series certain to seduce armchair sailors."
Nazi U-boats threaten the sweetly daffy residents of an island in the Outer Banks. Read full book review >

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SKY OF STONE by Homer Hickam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"This concluding volume has the feel of literary durability about it, even more than the much-ballyhooed Rocket Boys (1998)."
Hickam's third installment in his bestselling memoir (The Coalwood Way, 2000, etc.) about coal country West Virginia is, pleasingly, more leathery than the sentimental earlier material as he attains his college years and must return to Coalwood under difficult circumstances. Read full book review >

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THE REVEALED by Jessica Hickam
FICTION & LITERATURE

"There's much to admire in this debut novel, but the overall effect proves to be more sluggish and familiar than the unique concept warrants."
In Hickam's YA debut, a teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood finds herself targeted by the Revealed, a strange, secretive cult known for kidnapping 18-year-olds—none of whom are ever seen again. Read full book review >