Search Results: "Wil S. Hylton"


BOOK REVIEW

VANISHED by Wil S. Hylton
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An absorbing read that is well-structured to pull readers through the narrative. A perfect complement to Bryan Bender's You Are Not Forgotten (2013)."
The story of the quest to discover the fates of the 56,000 American servicemen who served in the Pacific theater during World War II and were declared to be missing in action. Read full book review >

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THE HAYGOODS OF COLUMBUS by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1997

"With an unpretentious eloquence and humor, Haygood shows a deft ability to convey complex lives, a past era, and a memorable place. (20 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here is an unsentimental family memoir that also elegizes Mt. Read full book review >

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BLOOM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some conceptual problems, an ingenious yarn with challenging ideas, well-handled technical details and plenty of twists and turns: a whopping improvement on Murder in the Solid State (1996), though the sophomoric narrative voice is dismayingly similar. (Author tour)"
By the early 22nd century, artificially created life-forms—mycora—that can dissolve stone, metal, flesh, anything, with terrifying speed, have taken over the Earth, the Moon, and Venus; the only human survivors cower behind biological barriers far away in the asteroids (the Gladholders) or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (the Immunity). Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE SOLID STATE by Wil McCarthy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Even the nanotechnology offers no thrills."
McCarthy's third novel and first hardcover is set in a near- future Philadelphia dominated by the Gray Party, which is rapidly turning the US into a police state under the pretext of providing law and order. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE REAL McCOY by Wendy Towle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"With nothing else available on McCoy at this level, this will be useful indeed. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Concluding a commendable introduction explaining the possibly legendary origins of the eponymous expression in the prolific inventor's most successful device—an ``automatic oil cup, which eventually became standard equipment on most locomotives''—Towle states ``The story of Elijah McCoy's life presented here reflects a composite of existing information we have been able to authenticate.'' Son of former slaves, McCoy was raised in Canada, studied engineering in Scotland, then settled in Michigan, where he invented the oil cup while working as a railroad fireman (discrimination prevented employment more appropriate to his talents); he went on to patent many other inventions, including homely devices like the first portable ironing board and a lawn sprinkler, and to start his own company. Read full book review >

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LITTLE EIGHT JOHN by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An amusing but flawed rendition of this old-fashioned cautionary tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
When Little Eight John's mother warns that misfortune will follow if he kicks the toad frogs, sits backwards on a chair, or counts his teeth, it only spurs him on; later, he laughs gleefully when the baby gets colic, the cow stops giving milk, and his family goes broke. Read full book review >

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SUMMER OF THE FLAMINGOES by Sara Hylton
Released: May 29, 1991

"It's all markedly predictablelargely thanks to Lisa's willing acceptance of victimization and tiresome goodness, character traits that combine to make her a thornless rose, and thus an unnatural, uncompelling heroine."
Another English rose gets sorely tested by misfortune and nasty relatives but, true to Hylton form (as established in Fragile Heritage, My Sister Clare, and others), weathers the storm still decorously foliated and smelling sweet. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE NILE by Sara Hylton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 1994

"What aspires to be an examination of cultural difference instead disintegrates into a routine romance with a poorly painted, if exotic, setting."
In this historical romance, an intriguing idea is diminished by clichÇd writing and a main character who is at first witless and insensitive and then almost lifeless. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE IN THE SKY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The story bounces along at a brisk pace, with just enough dialect to spice it up; Clay's fresh and colorful illustrations include the peculiar details of the narrative (the spirits' backward feet) that children will find funny. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In a careful source note, San Souci (The Little Seven-Colored Horse, p. 1501, etc.) calls this folktale a ``mix and match'' of several narrative elements in the tradition of Bahamian storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RECKMIRE MARSH by Sara Hylton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"Fast-moving, but with a hollow ring throughout."
British novelist Hylton's 14th output (Shadow of the Nile, 1994, etc.) is light on history and heavy on histrionics as its insipid heroine weathers the horrors of WW II with a decided lack of common sense. Read full book review >

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I AM ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The workmanlike black-and-white illustrations complement the story of a quietly courageous heroine. (Autobiography. 5-9)"
I Am Rosa Parks ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 48 pp.; 0- 8037-1206-5; PLB 0-8037-1207-3): In the Easy-To-Read series, Parks and Haskins mold for a younger readership the material in their acclaimed Rosa Parks (1992). Read full book review >

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THE COLLAPSIUM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Brilliantly, breathtakingly inventive superscience—along with sophomoric sociology and a promising plot that languishes undeveloped."
Far-future yarn involving gravity engineering, programmable matter, electromagnetic grapples, and whatnot, from the author of Bloom (1998), etc. Supergenius Bruno de Towaji now lives alone on a private planetoid in the Kuiper Belt; having engineered the Iscog, or interplanetary telecom network capable of transmitting, or "faxing," human patterns, out of collapsium, structured diamond-coated microscopic black holes, he's fabulously rich. Read full book review >