Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1750)

BLOOD ROSES by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"An absorbing account, bringing history to rich and resonant life."
Another adventure for Ragoczy, the Count Saint-Germain, Yarbro's 3000-year-old saintly vampire. Read full book review >
ANOTHER NOVEMBER by Roger Grenier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"One hopes more of Grenier's fiction will soon be translated."
paper 0-8032-7072-0 Another November ($40.00; $12.00; Oct. 15; 96 pp.; 0-8032-2172-X; paper 0-8032-7072-0): This accomplished recit, first published in 1986, skillfully juxtaposes its unnamed narrator's history of personal and sexual failures and disillusionments against his memories of youthful friendship with an "obese," spoiled rich boy (Charles Merlin) who would disgrace himself—and corrupt those in his orbit—by collaborating with the Nazis. Read full book review >

UNDER THE DRAGON'S TAIL by Maureen Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Her work may be a test case for the future development of this popular hybrid formula."
Dolly Merishaw was a competent enough midwife, but that's not a good enough reason to grieve for her, especially considering all the nefarious tricks she played on the desperate women among her clientele. Read full book review >
THE AVRAM DAVIDSON TREASURY by Avram Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Dense, erudite, and literary, these stories seem destined to find a small but highly appreciative audience."
All agree that Davidson (1923—93) was a gifted and technically accomplished writer with a good ear for dialogue. Read full book review >
FUTURE ON ICE by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Quality material, if a dollar over and a decade late."
A collection originally intended as a companion to the 1989 volume Future on Fire (not seen), a showcase of 1980s science fiction stories; editor Card remarks on the hiatus but offers no explanation. Read full book review >

THE LOCKET by Richard Paul Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1998

"The reader can only concur. (Author tour)"
For his fourth time out, the earnest and best-selling Evans moves on from the families he's written about previously (The Christmas Box, 1995; The Letter, 1997, etc.), offering a change of names but not of plot, place, or his own trademark cartoon melodrama. Read full book review >
GLOVE PUPPET by Neal Drinnan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 1998

"Strictly for a narrower audience, unless Drinnan gets lucky and finds himself denounced by Trent Lott."
If Oliver Twist had wandered out of his orphanage and been picked up by Gus Van Sant instead of Fagin, the results might have been something like this debut novel. Read full book review >
FROM A SEALED ROOM by Rachel Kadish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"The tale doesn't need, and can—t sustain, the larger geopolitical and historical implications that are added to it."
A first novel sets the youthful ordeals of Maya, an idealistic and somewhat imperceptive American student at Israel's Hebrew University, against both the historical and contemporary struggles of Western Jews. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON IN LYONESSE by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

A new adventure for Jim Eckert, once a college math professor, and now Baron James of Malencontri in an alternate14th- century England where magic works and Jim has a not-so-secret identity as a powerful but rather dim-witted dragon. Read full book review >
BING CROSBY'S LAST SONG by Lester Goran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"An appropriately bittersweet evocation of a largely vanished world, distinguished by its ripe, vigorous language and by a moving portrait of a troubled, decent man."
"It's a heavy millstone," the protagonist of this sad, salty novel reflects, "to be the son of a good father." Read full book review >
THE NAME by Michal Govrin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"So, despite the intensity of emotional conflicts evoked, a disturbingly detached performance by a writer of no small talent."
First novel by an admired Israeli poet and theater director. Read full book review >
BRIGHT STAR by III Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Not new, but well done indeed."
Deep-sea thrills enliven this sequel to Stevenson's well-received debut, Torchlight (1997). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >