Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BRIGHT AIR BLACK by David Vann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"In his ambitious new version of an ancient classic, Vann sacrifices clarity for lyricism but falls short of both."
A retelling of the story of Medea and her exploits with Jason and the Argonauts. Read full book review >
FIGHT LIKE A MAN AND OTHER STORIES WE TELL OUR CHILDREN by Christine Granados
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Sharply realized fiction located in a vibrant community."
A novella and seven stories that shine a light—sometimes harsh and glaring—on love and family relationships in the Hispanic community of El Paso. Read full book review >

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Frank Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A bundle of loose ends dulls the impact of what begins as a brisk and unusual puzzler."
DCI Neil Paget (Night Fall, 2012, etc.) leads his team into an increasingly murky investigation of a matter that may not even be criminal. Read full book review >
BEST SERVED COLD by Susan Rogers  Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Despite the high body count, Cooper's newest (Countdown, 2014, etc.) is loaded with sly humor, delightfully awkward characters, and a surprising denouement."
The sheriff's department of Prophesy County, Oklahoma, is under attack. Read full book review >

VERY IMPORTANT CORPSES by Simon R. Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Green (Dead Man Walking, 2016, etc.) presents a lightweight mystery featuring incoherent worldbuilding, pathetically childish attempts at machismo, and a glaringly obvious solution. Juvenile schlock."
Ishmael Jones, a space alien who never ages and whose secret weapon for solving problems is punching, investigates brutal, potentially supernatural attacks in an isolated Scottish manor house. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by Anthea Fraser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Fraser showcases a delightful heroine whose own life, along with the lives of her friends and family, is consistently more interesting than the circuitous murder cases she is asked to solve."
A biographer inherits an interesting challenge that may have led to murder. Read full book review >
THREE SHOT BURST by Phillip DePoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"The second in DePoy's new series (Cold Florida, 2016, etc.) is packed with humor, philosophical musings, fascinating characters, and his hero's palpable passion for his job."
An unlikely sleuth battles drug lords to rescue two sisters in big trouble. Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE CURIOUS COOK by Cathy Ace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Ace (The Corpse with the Ruby Lips, 2016, etc.) reveals too much too soon but still delivers a pleasant mélange with a garnish of death and danger."
An all-female Welsh detective agency takes on a case of reverse robbery. Read full book review >
THE VISITS & OTHER POEMS/LAS VISITAS Y OTROS POEMAS  by Mirta Yáñez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A well-written but occasionally verbose collection that will please academics but may test the patience of lay readers."
An academic poetry opus from prolific Cuban author Yáñez (The Bleeding Wound/Sangra Por La Herida, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
SILENT by David Mellon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2017

"Although the antagonist overshadows the protagonist, this World War I story is nevertheless a dark and memorable one. (Magical realism/historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Historical fiction and magical realism meld in this haunting story set during World War I. Read full book review >
THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tantalizing, otherworldy adventure with imagination that burns like fire."
The third installment of this fantasy series (The Bone Season, 2013; The Mime Order, 2015) expands the reaches of the fight against Scion far beyond London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >