Search Results: "James Noel Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

BOOK OF A THOUSAND DAYS by Shannon Hale
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Dashti's voice is bright and true; Hale captures her sturdy personality, Saren's mental fragility and Khan Tegus's romantic warrior as vibrantly as she limns the stark terror of the Mongolian cold and the ugly spirit from which Khasar draws his strength. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A rousing, even spellbinding tale—with outlines in the Grimms' Maid Maleen—is set in medieval Mongolia and told in journal form. Read full book review >

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Silent Source by James Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A promising thriller that ably handles its medical mysteries but lags in its narrative structure and character development."
In Smith's debut mystery, a former scientist investigates a string of mysterious deaths occurring across Atlanta. Read full book review >

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THE BOYS OF SAN JOAQUIN by D. James Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Set in the early 1950s, this upbeat tale offers a strong sense of place, plenty of growing-up and enough spirited characters to justify Paolo's opening, enticingly annotated, cast of characters. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Smith invites readers to travel an even Longer Way from Chicago with this summertime, old-time, small-town slice-of-life, as viewed by a hilariously matter-of-fact young resident. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Engaging light reading, but not world class. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Twelve-year-old Paolo is not ready for a real job or a girlfriend but he gets both—a paper route, shared with his brother and cousin, and romance, when his friend Theresa volunteers to help him look for the dog-napped family pet. Read full book review >

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Wah-Say-Lan: Seneca Warrior by James Herbert Smith
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Solid historical fiction dedicated to historical accuracy, sometimes at the expense of rip-roaring storytelling."
Smith (Wah-Say-Lan: A Tale of the Iroquois in the American Revolution, 2009) braids together historical fact and fiction in this YA version of a tale he's spun before as a novel—one that's full of passion, romance, loss, and carefully researched historical information.Read full book review >

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THE FLOCK by James Robert Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Utterly disposable thriller unredeemed by its ecological message. One part Michael Crichton's science and a smidgen of Carl Hiaasen's humor add up to less than either."
In this first novel, dinosaurs stalk Florida's longleaf savanna—and they know about us. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"His amateur pop-psychological analyses of the killers' family lives aside, Smith, a solid writer and an excellent reporter (he writes for Esquire), makes this horrendous story almost readable. (Photos, not seen)"
This intricate re-creation of the February 1993 murder of three-year-old James Bulger by two 10-year-old boys in Bottle, England, is ugly, painful reading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"We sense a film in here somewhere."
The joys of joyriding in a battery-powered roadster (``EV'' for short), by Perrin (Environmental Studies/Dartmouth; Last Person Rural, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CEMETERY OF ANGELS by Noel Hynd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Chilling ghost scenes enrich Hynd's suspense-powered plot, but disposable characters and subplots may inspire some to close the graveyard gates mid-service."
Hynd's latest entry in the horror genre (A Room for the Dead, 1994, not reviewed): an uneven tale of past lives, guardian spirits, and treachery that's marked by both the best and the worst qualities of the author's spy novels. Read full book review >

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KOSOVO by Noel Malcolm
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"This is destined to become a standard work on the subject."
A timely and penetrating history of the Balkans' next crisis zone—the Serbian province of Kosovo. Read full book review >