Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

HOPE MOUNTAIN by Jon Land
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 1998

"Plunges you into the thrill and danger of the slopes—and may even lead the able to take up skiing."
From formulaic thriller-writer Land (Dead Simple, p. 138, etc.), an inspirational holiday season novel about the disabled learning to ski. Read full book review >
THE BARRENS AND OTHERS by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1998

"No disappointments here."
Excerpts from the Wilson horror oeuvre of the past 20 years, chosen by the author (Deep as the Marrow, 1997, etc.) as his choicest stories, all previously published in genre magazines and in his hardcover collections. Read full book review >

HOARE AND THE PORTSMOUTH ATROCITIES by Wilder Perkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 1998

"And Hoare is a beguiling hero whose painstakingly described feats aboard his small yacht will endear him to anyone with a love of sailing."
A new entry in the historical mystery genre—with a slightly different tack. Read full book review >
A MURDER IN THEBES by Anna Apostolou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1998

"Pseudonymous Apostolou provides painless historical sidelights while her heroine continues to make up in detective acumen what she lacks in personality."
Has Alexander of Macedon been killed with his army in Thessaly even before he can become Alexander the Great? Read full book review >
ALL-NIGHT VISITORS by Clarence Major
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 1998

"As fresh and exciting as an old Red Foxx routine, this is a good period piece for '60s junkies who don't take themselves too seriously."
A new, unexpurgated edition of the 1969 Olympia Press novel that made Major (Dirty Bird Blues, 1996, etc.) a big name in Maurice Girodias's dirty-book pantheon. Read full book review >

SARAJEVO BLUES by Semezdin Mehmedinovic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1998

"A mixed success, but on balance a convincing vision of an embattled, defiant society and sensibility."
A potent collection of more than 60 narrative, meditative, and verse fragments depicting Sarajevo under Serbian siege during the recent war in what was once Yugoslavia. Read full book review >
WOMEN WITHOUT MEN by Shahrnush Parsipur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The image of a mystical 'garden' where freedom beckons dominates these alternately dour and playful tales, which carry their messages lightly, thanks to their author's affectionate and engagingly robust humor."
The oppression of women in Iran's male-dominated culture and the power inherent in female solidarity are the themes of Parsipur's ingenious "novel," which is composed of thirteen related stories depicting five abused women whose assertions of their independence take vivid symbolic forms. Read full book review >
WINTER NIGHTS by Francis Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"In no way does hardcover improve the prose of these writers."
Hardcover compilation of three short African-American Christmas novels by paperback romance novelists. Read full book review >
WOMEN DRINKING BENEDICTINE by Sharon Dilworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The result: a gathering of sagging forms, promising in outline, but lacking distinct shape."
A second collection from a former winner of the Iowa Short Fiction Award (The Long White, 1988): ten mildly inspired stories that, like interesting inflatables, could have used an extra breath or two to bring them into a taut, emotionally compelling form. Read full book review >
A GRAM OF MARS by Becky Hagenston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A nice beginning: Limited in scope but attentive to detail, Hagenston's stories draw the reader easily into a world that is deceptively familiar—only to show how little anyone knows about it."
paper 1-889330-22-1 A debut collection, mostly focusing on families and family relations, that was awarded the 1997 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Read full book review >
A WAKE IN YBOR CITY by Jose Yglesias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Yglesias's grasp of immigrant family dynamics is masterly, but the stylistic assurance and narrative economy displayed in his mature fiction (Double Double, 1974, The Truth About Them, 1971, etc.) are only faintly adumbrated by this less even apprentice work."
The "thirty-fifth anniversary edition" (really, now) of the late Cuban-American writer's 1963 debut novel—an authoritative though imperfectly constructed story set in Tampa's Latino section (Ybor City) in 1958, on the eve of the Cuban Revolution. Read full book review >
MISS NOBODY by Tomek Tryzna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A bit overlong, but an acute study of the manic-depressive psychology of adolescence."
The vagaries of adolescent female friendship, and the several thousand natural shocks that urgent young flesh is heir to, are trenchantly explored in Polish author Tryzna's vivid (1993) first novel, an international success and the basis for a current film directed by his celebrated countryman Andrzej Wajda. 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 >