Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

THE WICKED by Douglas Nicholas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nicholas weaves the magic of wizards and sorceresses—buidseach and cailleach phiseogach—so naturally into the medieval milieu that Maeve's tale reads as entertaining historical fiction rather than a fey supernatural tale."
Nicholas' sequel to his historical saga, Something Red (2012), continues the haunting tale of exiled Irish queen Maeve and her cohorts in medieval north England. Read full book review >
SLEEP DONATION by Karen Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"More of a detour than a natural progression for the author, whose fans will nevertheless find this as engaging as it is provocative."
One of America's finest fiction writers returns with an audaciously allegorical novella about sleep deprivation in an age of sensory overload. Read full book review >

THE LAND OF STEADY HABITS by Ted Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Thompson's sharp-eyed debut is that kind of searing portrait of American wealth unraveling that is both dazzling and immeasurably sad."
That particularly American novel, examining the soul-crushing consequences of suburban prosperity, is modernized here as a successful financier looks around his life and sees a wasteland. Read full book review >
SAFE KEEPING by Barbara Taylor Sissel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A few elements that don't quite hang perfectly and an ending that ties things up neatly but not satisfactorily keep the book from being completely successful, but the impressive writing and affecting subject matter will keep most readers engaged."
In crisis as the shadows of two murders hang over their 34-year-old son, a family must sift through a lifetime of mistakes and misunderstandings to uncover the truth. Read full book review >
THE OTHER HALF by Sarah Rayner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"An engaging, insightful portrait of infidelity, told with charm."
British novelist Rayner has a talent for turning domestic tragedies (widowhood, infertility and, in this latest, adultery) into something quite special—amusing and astute studies in human resilience. Read full book review >

WITHOUT WARNING by David Rosenfelt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A romance camouflaged as a thriller but a short, smooth read most will enjoy."
A methodical serial killer is on the loose in a small Maine town, and it's up to the police chief to resolve the case before more people die in Rosenfelt's latest police thriller. Read full book review >
BAD TEETH by Dustin Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Doodling, not art."
An American translator listlessly pursues a Tibetan author across four connected narratives in the second novel from Long (Icelander, 2006). Read full book review >
EVERY DAY IS FOR THE THIEF by Teju Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"And as with the novel, the influence of W.G. Sebald arises again here, not least in Cole's addition of photographs that are much like the novella's prose: uneven yet often evocative."
A Nigerian living in the U.S. finds corruption, delight and ghosts on a return visit to Lagos in this rich, rougher-edged predecessor to Cole's celebrated debut novel (Open City, 2011). Read full book review >
I REMEMBER YOU by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A multilayered tale that builds slowly—the use of smells is especially effective—but drives to a shattering climax that honors the traditions of both detective fiction and ghost stories."
Sigurdardóttir's work (The Day Is Dark, 2013, etc.) has always drawn on both kinds of mysteries—detective stories in which everything is explained rationally and supernatural thrillers in which it isn't—but this tale of a series of disappearances grounded in long-simmering revenge mixes the two more inextricably than ever before. Read full book review >
VINTAGE by Susan Gloss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"A likable but lackluster debut, not likely to stand out in the crowded field of fiction about women united by a common pursuit."
Lost souls find new hope in a Madison, Wis., resale shop, in Gloss' debut.  Read full book review >
SAVING THE HOOKER by Michael Adelberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2014

"This one's well-crafted and enjoyable if you're up for a rather raunchy read."
A mostly funny first-person tale of a lazy and unprincipled postdoc whose brain resides firmly in his crotch. Read full book review >
DAKOTA by Gwen Florio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2014

"In Florio's capable hands, Lola Wicks is going to be around for a long, long time."
Florio's second novel mines familiar ground with another look at American Indian culture along the frozen U.S.-Canadian border territory, with a compelling mystery folded in to add spice to the mix. Read full book review >