Search Results: "Noel Hynd"


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 >

BOOK REVIEW

RAGE OF SPIRITS by Noel Hynd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A quick, choppy, thoroughly preposterous read that forces campy, direct-to-video B-movie horror clichÇs into a blandly paranoid landscape of Washington intrigue."
Washington thriller with a psychic spin, pitting a wishy-washy White House aide against a telekinetic sociopath, a superstitious vice president, a witchy spirit medium, and the ghost of a murdered novelist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ZIGZAG by Noel Hynd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

Hynd, often criticized for the complexity and murkiness of his thrillers (Flowers From Berlin, The Sandler Inquiry, etc.), here tells a reasonably straightforward tale of political intrigue that ties the 1996 presidential election to a mysterious betrayal years earlier. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ENEMY WITHIN by Noel Hynd
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 7, 2006

"Hynd (The Prodigy, 1998, etc.) has given us an intriguing heroine, some first-rate action scenes and about 100 pages more than a good suspense novel can sustain."
Someone homicidal is stalking the president. But how can a would-be assassin hope to evade the peerless U.S. Secret Service? Goodness, he is Secret Service! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOEL by Tony Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"His impressionistic paintings are a fine match for the poem that serves as the text: Both seem to say that the hours of Christmas Eve rush by quickly in a blur of sensations too intense to last. (artist's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Impressionistic watercolor illustrations filled with blowing snow and blue-gray skies set a wintry tone in this poetic exploration focusing on the sounds and sights of Christmas Eve, such as a church bell ringing from "an icicle-pointed steeple." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NUTCRACKER NOEL by Kate McMullan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A delightful addition to the annals of young performers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Noel dreams of being a star in a ``real'' ballet, but alas- -in her class production she's only a tree, while arch-rival Mia, of the winsome curls and doting mother, is a gingerbread doll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOEL COWARD by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Serious scholarship also serves here as an act of cultural restitution for a gay hero. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A full-scale life of the towering English songwriter and playwright. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEAR NOEL by Olivier Dunrea
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Satisfying to the last wordless page. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On Christmas Eve, the one night of the year that all the animals can gather together without fear, the creatures of the north woods await the arrival of Bear Noel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOEL COWARD by Clive Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 1992

"A mixed bag, then, marred by blind spots—but welcome for its detailed discussion of the plays and on-target enough of the time to be useful, perhaps, as a balance to Lesley's far less critical biography. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Not, of course, contrary to the publisher's blurb, the first ``in-depth biography''—Cole Lesley's 1976 Life of Noel Coward was discreet yet complete—but a decent enough life-and-work: sometimes strong on the plays and films, weak (to put it mildly) on the songs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISABEL'S NOEL by Jane Yolen
Released: Aug. 20, 1967

"A zany fantasy with a MAD mag cast, equipped to tickle the reader as well as the read-to."
What will happen when a blond witch spirits a letter to Santa and he shows up in the soup? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NOEL FROM TANZANIA by Mary Duda
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Though this first entry is a failure, there's potential here for this series if its producers are willing to immerse themselves. Here's to it. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
First of a series dedicated to children around the world, this photo essay is a well-intentioned snapshot of the life of 8-year-old Noel, growing up in a Tanzanian village near Mount Kilimanjaro. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST NOEL by Michael Malone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A quietly moving tale of people formed and trapped by history and locale, told with an authentic taste for the region."
The latest southern saga from Malone (Red Clay, Blue Cadillac, 2002, etc.) reaches across 40 years in the lives of two childhood friends who see each other mainly at Christmas. Read full book review >