Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

SUMMERLONG by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A beautifully detailed fantasy about love, magic, and age that doesn't quite reconcile its reality with the myths that inspire it."
In his first new novel in more than a decade, Beagle creates an intimate drama between the members of a family who are slowly blindsided by myth and magic spilling into their ordinary world. Read full book review >
BELOVED POISON by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A debut mystery chock full of mysterious doings, riveting historical detail, and so many horrifying anecdotes about the state of medicine in the mid-1800s that you can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the pages."
The coming demolition of St. Saviour's Infirmary in Victorian London marks a decisive chapter for a young woman who's lived her entire life there as a man. Read full book review >

LOVE YOU DEAD by Peter James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"The results are absorbing, unspectacular, predictable, and satisfying."
Surrey DCI Roy Grace (Billionaire, 2015, etc.) goes up against a silky black widow—and a pair of unwelcome blasts from his own past. Read full book review >
THE CURRENT THAT CARRIES by Lisa Graley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A subtle, powerful portrait of the strength and limits of human connectedness."
Eight stories that give voice to incommunicable aspects of love and loss. Read full book review >
Schizo: Hidden in Plain Sight by Ilene B. Benator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A laudable mystery that starts tangled and slowly unravels—with not one but two twists at the end."
A man wrongly convicted of murder feigns a mental disorder, giving him time in a psychiatric facility to concoct a scheme for clearing his name, in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

The Fly Strip by Gwen Banta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A spirited tale about finding a new place in the world."
Banta tells the story of a teenage orphan struggling to start over in small-town Indiana in this debut novel. Read full book review >
The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"So many twists it's practically gyrating, but an undeniably spry and rousing espionage tale."
A disgraced journalist tackles a story his newlywed wife had been covertly researching, involving Russians, spies, and murder at an Alaskan ski resort in this thriller. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS  by David Casarett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The plummy prose of Casarett (Shocked, 2015, etc.) has an appealing formality, with a perpetual undercurrent of drollery. Piquantly titled chapters add verve. The measured introduction of colorful supporting players slows the story down but bodes well for the future of the proposed series."
A Thai nurse turns sleuth to catch the serial killer plaguing her hospital. Read full book review >
EarthCentre: by M.Stow12
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An aesthetically pleasing but largely unintelligible poetic work."
M.Stow12 (Universe Verses 1: Stellation, 2015) presents the first volume of a long poem.Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF THE MATTER by Bruce Buff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Back to the lab."
The discovery of genetic information that unlocks the mysteries of life and creation challenges two scientists and imperils their lives. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS by Jason Arnopp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"The devil may find work for idle hands, but that doesn't mean incessantly clever ones should rest easy."
A pop-culture journalist finds himself entangled in a case of demonic possession in this slick metathriller. Read full book review >
NUTSHELL by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Clever, likable, and yet unsatisfying, this tale too often bears out the narrator's early claim: 'I take in everything, even the trivia—of which there is much.'"
Speaking from the womb of his 28-year-old mother, this slim entertainment's precocious narrator tells of sex and booze and something rotten in London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >