Search Results: "Jim Nisbet"


BOOK REVIEW

PRELUDE TO A SCREAM by Jim Nisbet
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Hyperblack splatter camp that will appeal to the completely heartless."
Tough-guy burlesque about a San Francisco truck driver who literally gets taken to the cleaners when his kidney is stolen, by the author of Death Puppet (1989), etc. The footloose Stanley Ahearn saves a Chinese girl from drowning and is given a job hauling produce for the grateful Hop Toy in Chinatown, plus a place to live. Read full book review >

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OLD AND COLD by Jim Nisbet
Released: July 17, 2012

"A grim, fiercely written entry whose best feature is one baleful voice, one step from the grave."
An aging, homeless Man with No Name takes an assignment for a contract hit in order to keep himself in icy martinis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 26, 2012

"A ride alongside a master flier with a cool head and sly sense of humor who, even facing death, refused to be grounded by circumstance."
Facing a terminal illness, an aviator reflects on his time above and below the clouds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM CURIOUS by Matthias Picard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Required prop notwithstanding, a thoroughly immersive outing. (Picture book/novelty. 6-9)"
Two pairs of 3-D glasses included with the book add plenty of depth to an explorer's undersea adventures in this wordless import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM DANDY by Irvin Faust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 1994

"You're better off renting a wreck than trying to jump-start this lemon."
Faust (Newsreel, 1980, etc.) returns to the novel after a 14- year hiatus in this impenetrable tale comprised of shards of dialogue and a fragmented plot. Read full book review >

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JIM-DANDY by Hadley Irwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Beautifully wrought; the compelling simplicity and subtly rendered emotion invite comparison with Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Fiction. 10+)"
In their first historical novel since I Be Somebody (1984), a well-regarded pseudonymous team constructs a taut tale of the spirited horse that Custer actually purchased for his wife and the fictional Kansas farm boy who raised him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM HENSON by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"A solid biography that can be enjoyed by readers of more than one generation."
Biographer Jones (Washington Irving: An American Original, 2007) relies on strict chronology to tell the life of Muppets creator Jim Henson (1936-1990). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM THORPE by Joseph Bruchac
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2006

"Not just a sports-hero tale, this delves into such important issues as the line between amateur and professional sports, the effect of big-time money on sports, racism and the relationship of Native Americans to a dominant society. (Fiction. 10+)"
Jim Thorpe was a modern American Indian hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TINKER JIM by Paul Coltman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A mixed effort with some delightful strengths. (Picture book. 5+)"
The gifted father-daughter team that created Tog the Ribber or Granny's Tale (1985, ALA Notable) and Witch Week (1989) takes on a stock British character. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY JIM by Nancy Rawles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Intensely sad but not mawkish: a very fine love story, wonderfully narrated with a perfect feel for the time and place."
A tale of slave life in the Old South imagines the hidden life of Huck Finn's sidekick, the runaway slave Jim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM MURRAY by Jim Murray
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"An engaging potpourri from a perceptive observer."
Selective reminiscences from a Pulitzer-winning sports columnist that, though several bricks shy of an autobiographical load, offer a host of pleasures for fans of big-time athletics and celebrities—and of fine writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIM UGLY by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1992

"Fine helter-skelter melodrama. (Fiction. 10-13)"
For 12-year-old Jake Bannock, "Jim Ugly" seems like a good name for his buried father's wolflike dog, but that low opinion changes when Jake figures out that his father isn't dead after all and he and the dog set out on a hopeful search for him. Read full book review >