Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1743)

PEOPLE OF THE SEA by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"It's all without the character-centered pep of Mary Mackey's The Year the Horses Came (p. 959), but the scholarly base gives a sheen of credulity to the time and place and predicaments."
From the authors of People of the River (1992) and other novels (in paperback) set in America's prehistory: a rather rousing tale of deadly pursuits and spiritual journeys that is, in general, free of the dusty earnestness that so often clogs the movement of other fictional efforts by conscientious anthropologists like the Gears. Read full book review >
BUTCHER BIRD by Dean Ing
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Credible and entertaining, especially for fans of the previous books, and a definite improvement over The Big Lifters (1988)."
High-tech thriller—sequel to the paperbacks The Ransom of Black Stealth One and The Nemesis Mission—featuring deadly, whisper-quiet, virtually undetectable UFO-like Stealth aircraft. Read full book review >

MORE THAN ALLIES by Sandra Scofield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Some beautifully carved pieces that never quite fit together to complete the puzzle."
The glue of female friendship—sticky in unexpected ways—is the focus of this fourth novel by Scofield (Walking Dunes, 1992, etc.), who has written with skill in the past about stark western settings and the even starker emotional lives of her youngish characters. Read full book review >
A GOOD DAY TO DIE by Stephen Solomita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Brisk, manly fare whose leather-hearted hero deserves an encore—as does the still venerable Moodrow."
A sinewy thriller that's no doubt a kickoff—a steel-toed one- -to a new NYPD series by Solomita, whose Stanley Moodrow novels (A Piece of the Action, 1992, etc.) have lost a little edge. Read full book review >
OUR SECRET'S OUT by Darrell Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Spencer's a talented writer who can snap his fingers and go, but here there are too many forced epiphanies—as though stories try to claim territory that's been looked at and passed over but not explored."
Spencer (A Woman Packing a Pistol, 1987—not reviewed) cops a high-flying attitude in the 12 stories collected here—all about various odd ducks or blue-collar types, most of whom live in Las Vegas, Utah, and Nevada. Read full book review >

THE MISERABLES by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Wilkins's novel is all interior, no edge, and the interior is a dull one."
The death of his grandfather spurs a young editor to reevaluate his life—in this brooding, introspective first novel from New Zealander Wilkins. Read full book review >
THE WINE-DARK SEA by Patrick O'Brian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The illustrated guide to sails and masts is worth the price by itself."
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin—the amiable, music-loving heroes of O'Brian's wonderful sail-powered series (The Truelove, The Letter of Marque, The Far Side of the World, et al.)—follow orders into the midst of revolutionary South American politics. Read full book review >
THE INNKEEPER'S SONG by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"And the result, if often admirable, is detached and cold, the opposite of what was evidently intended."
Rather uncharacteristic dark fantasy from the stylish author of The Folk of the Air (1986), The Last Unicorn, etc. Ill-tempered innkeeper Karsh reluctantly accepts a disparate set of guests: Lal, a black-skinned sorceress; her companion Nyateneri, a warrior- priestess fleeing assassins; and poor, pale, drowned Lukassa, resurrected by Lal, who recalls little of her past but can see into the netherworld. Read full book review >
THE SHARP END by David Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Agreeable slam-bang action for series fans, and certainly much more convincingly constructed than either The Jungle (1991) or Fortress (1987)."
Another of Drake's military sf yarns about Hammer's Slammers, the expert mercenary troops of planet Nieuw Friesland. Read full book review >
MONSTERS IN OUR MIDST by Robert Bloch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Better than you may expect but not memorable."
Companion to last year's Psycho-Paths horror anthology, edited as before by the renowned motherstuffer of Psycho. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF NIGHTS by Sylvie Germain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Sometimes short on inner energy, but, overall, a gloriously beautiful, gem-studded tapestry of human desire and suffering."
Germain's sixth book is her first to appear in English: a poetic saga that sweeps its way through a century of French history by following the generations of a symbol-rich family. Read full book review >
THE LAUGHTER OF HEROES by Jonathan Neale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A writer to watch."
A first novel about a puppeteer, dying of AIDS, whose circle of ex-lovers and friends decide to take him to Disney World. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >