Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2017

"A refreshingly unconventional and bold account of a culturally complex place in Africa."
A part-historical, part-fictional debut book focuses on a Danish settlement in Ghana. Read full book review >
THE WHISPERING ROOM by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"While Koontz's second effort featuring Jane Hawk may satisfy his longtime fans, his new heroine too often seems stuck on autopilot—a major disappointment considering how lively she was in her debut."
In this sequel to The Silent Corner (2017), former FBI agent Jane Hawk continues her fight against an evil conspiracy that has been brainwashing people with nanomachines. Read full book review >

WINTER OF ICE AND IRON by Rachel Neumeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"The worldbuilding is patchy in places, but a finely drawn web of convincing characters with complex relationships wins out."
In a world where rulers hold power through their ties to the great "Immanent Powers" that inhabit their lands, peaceful princess Kehera of Harivir and the infamous Wolf Duke of Pohorir must work together to stop a mad king and a power-hungry Immanent. Read full book review >
POISON by Galt Niederhoffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"The novel is ominous from Page 1, and with its slow-burn peril—both psychological and physical—building nicely, the suspense is sustained until the very end."
A married mother of three young children enjoys a state of domestic bliss until she begins to suspect her husband is trying to poison her in Niederhoffer's (Love and Happiness, 2013, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by Fyodor Dostoevsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"It's not quite idiomatic—for that there's Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's version—but the translation moves easily and legibly enough through Raskolnikov's nasty deeds, game of cat and mouse, and visionary redemption."
" ‘I don't need any…translations,' muttered Raskolnikov." Well, of course he does, hence this new translation of an old standby of Russian-lit survey courses. Read full book review >

THE ROMA PLOT by Mario Bolduc
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Displaying a lively curiosity for Romanian history and contemporary life in Bucharest, Bolduc weaves seemingly disparate plot threads into a twisted yet coherent yarn."
A strange case of wholesale murder has roots in the second world war and the brutalities of the German concentration camps. Read full book review >
KILLING PACE by Douglas Schofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Muscular, overplotted intrigue that will have some readers checking their blood pressures and others their wristwatches."
Schofield drops the paranormal elements that made his first two thrillers (Storm Rising, 2016, etc.) hyphenated creatures for the more earthbound tale of a Homeland Security agent fighting a vicious baby-laundering operation. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE MANUSCRIPT ROOM by Con Lehane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"More ambitious and more muddled than the series debut, this sequel depends less on evoking a sense of its iconic nexus and more on making you look behind you when you're not asking the leads, 'You thought about looking for a less dangerous job than being a librarian?'"
The manuscript room of Manhattan's 42nd Street library is only one of the danger zones when the library's crime fiction curator once again finds the stories he deals with professionally bleeding over into his private life. Read full book review >
RAMSES THE DAMNED by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Despite its perks, immortality can, apparently, be a bore."
An ageless Egyptian pharaoh and his band of immortal friends (and enemies) descend on England on the eve of the Great War in a sequel co-authored by mother and son Rices. Read full book review >
USING LIFE by Ahmed Naji
Kirkus Star
by Ahmed Naji, illustrated by Ayman Al Zorkany, translated by Benjamin Koerber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"A fly-on-the-wall view of an Egypt few outsiders know and one that, in its insistence on unveiled expression, offers hope for a more democratic future."
Alan Moore meets Nahgib Mafouz in this exuberant, subversive novel by Egyptian writer Naji—who was jailed for his troubles. Read full book review >
GYPSIES OF THE ROAD by George L. G.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"A story with a well-developed protagonist who becomes more appealing as he overcomes obstacles."
In L.G.'s debut drama, a divorced man finds his calling as a truck driver, as the open road provides an escape from a life that's been defined by failure. Read full book review >
THE EMERALD CIRCUS by Jane Yolen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2017

"An impressive overview of the author's breadth and career, this collection will appeal to the author's existing devotees—or to anyone who has ever thought that 'happily ever after' left too many questions."
A collection of short stories, mostly reinventions of fairy tales, by Yolen (Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, 2017, etc.), whose award-winning body of work stretches from sci-fi/fantasy to children's literature to poetry to cookbooks. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >