Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE HEART OF THE LEOPARD CHILDREN  by Wilfried N'Sondé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2016

"Francophone African writers, like African writers generally, are too little known in this country. This brief but potent tale shows that N'Sondé is one who merits attention."
J'accuse, says the captain. Je confesse, says the prisoner. Mais….Read full book review >
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LANGDON ST. IVES by James P. Blaylock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2016

"A collection of enjoyable and cheerfully unsubtle adventures in the company of an endearing cast of characters."
In this illustrated collection, Blaylock (Beneath London, 2015, etc.) offers readers five stories featuring scientist and adventurer Langdon St. Ives, a character first introduced in 1978 when Blaylock was one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre. Read full book review >

AND YET IT MOVES  by Erin  Stalcup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"An engaging collection that takes on the love and loneliness lurking in the bright lights and shadowed corners of the everyday."
Debut author Stalcup's short story collection takes a look at what is gained and, more often, lost through the not-so-simple act of living. Read full book review >
FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"This thoroughly enjoyable novel delivers a swift kick to the heart—an essential summer read."
A female private detective tackles a retired NFA player in this standout romance, the eighth in the bestselling author's Chicago Stars series. Read full book review >
RAGE by Zygmunt Miloszewski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Gripping, lyrical, brutally honest, and cruelly funny—a terrific crime novel and better character study."
Prosecutor Teodor Szacki makes it personal in a bleakly stylish mystery. Read full book review >

MURAMBI, THE BOOK OF BONES by Boubacar Boris Diop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A powerful contribution to the literature of the Rwandan genocide."
Four years after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, a long-exiled high school history teacher returns home to write a play about what happened, unaware of his father's role in the atrocity. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE BETWEEN TIDES by Sarah Maine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A debut historical thriller which deftly blends classic suspense with modern themes."
Last night, debut author Maine dreamed of a contemporary spin on classic Gothic tropes. Read full book review >
CHRISTODORA by Tim Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A poignant, if carefully manicured, exploration of a health crisis that hasn't yet ended."
An ambitious social novel informed by an extended perspective on the HIV/AIDS epidemic, from the early 1980s to the near future. Read full book review >
THE REGULARS by Georgia Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"If you like basking in over-the-top banter and don't roll your eyes at perfectly neat endings, you'll have a fun afternoon on the beach with this one."
Think you'd do anything for the chance to be supermodel pretty? Well, it gets messy. Read full book review >
THE HIKE by Drew Magary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"An eerie odyssey that would be right at home in the pages of the pulpy Warren comics."
The second, equally creepy novel from Deadspin columnist Magary (Someone Could Get Hurt, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
THE BONES OF PARADISE by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"This sexy, violent, intricate Western is ultimately a love letter to the Sand Hills, 'where all was alive, all living, in one form or another.'"
A deceptively leisurely, intensely heart-rending historical Western about greed and love gone wrong, set in the Sand Hills of Nebraska 10 years after the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre of the Lakota Sioux at the Pine Ridge Reservation in nearby South Dakota. Read full book review >
CAROUSEL COURT by Joe McGinniss Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"McGinniss covers familiar territory in the marketplace and marriage but injects it with an urgency, a sense of constant, inescapable threat that all adds up to a taut page-turner."
A young couple's plan to flip a house in Southern California goes awry and old wounds in their marriage reopen in this dark novel of unrelenting tension. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >