Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1751)

NOT OF WAR ONLY by Norman Zollinger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 1994

"Two small, interwoven stories within a large and colorful tapestry. (Author tour)"
Nineteen hundred and fourteen was a good year for Corey Lane and Jorge Martinez, the heroes of Zollinger's (Lautrec, 1990, etc.) novel, though neither knew it when Lane, the sheriff of Chupadera County, N.M., chased the fugitive Martinez into enlisting in Pancho Villa's Division Del Norte. Read full book review >
FROM THE TEETH OF ANGELS by Jonathan Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1994

"But, although a bit thin, this is Carroll's fearless best since going mainstream."
While heaven must be stormed and knowledge wrested from Death or torn from the teeth of angels, the living are terribly scarred in this guided dream, a novel less grounded than the author's After Silence (1993). Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF DREAMS by Craig Nova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1994

"Enjoy the digressions in Nova's eighth novel (after Trombone, 1992), but don't expect a satisfying narrative payoff or a coherent vision of contemporary Tinseltown."
Nova's Hollywood novel is an ambitious murder/blackmail melodrama full of echoes (Fitzgerald, West, Chandler, even Citizen Kane), but the ambitions get in the way of the melodrama. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS by Elaine Kagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 1994

"In the end, this novel breaks that trust with a surprise ending that runs counter to the evidence we've been given."
Elaine Kagan's years as a television and theater actress lend a dimension of theatrical perceptiveness to her writing. Read full book review >
SWORN BEFORE CRANES by Merrill Gilfillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1994

"Like the land they describe, Gilfillan's stories reward close attention by revealing layered signs of life."
Heart-wrenchingly well-written stories, often as stark as an Andrew Wyeth farmscape. Read full book review >

THE ICE STORM by Rick Moody
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1994

"Too cold."
In 1973, a decaying suburban Connecticut family has a bad day. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME by John Barth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1994

"Very vintage Barth, and disappointingly so, despite the occasional reminders of a talent once new and stunningly inventive."
In a reprise of old themes, haunts, and ideas, metafiction master Barth (The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, 1991) returns to himself and his native Chesapeake Bay in this fictional memoir of a middle-aged writer embarked on an autumnal cruise. Read full book review >
AN ABSENCE OF LIGHT by David Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 1994

"This rather implausible yarn hopscotches from thriller to mundane police procedural, with touches of existential angst thrown in—no mean feat for a writer trying to illuminate shadows."
The title of Lindsey's (Body of Truth, 1992) ambitious seventh novel refers to moral darkness in the Houston Police Department and in an international drug and arms operation that appears to have corrupted at least three detectives. Read full book review >
CHARADE by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

The queen of Texas melodrama takes metaphor perhaps a step too far as she pits her heart-transplant-patient heroine against a serial killer obsessed with stopping her new heart. Read full book review >
WANDERING STAR by Steven Yount
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

"His ironic and skillfully constructed story will take readers through the tail of its own quaint comet."
Sure to amuse even the most urbane reader with its similarities to Mark Twain and Erskine Caldwell, this first novel traces the ascent and humiliation of a small-town Texas preacher who predicts that the world will end in 1910 when Earth passes through the tail of Halley's Comet. Read full book review >
THAT YEAR OF OUR WAR by Gloria Goldreich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

"A treat for Goldreich's followers, particularly those who remember that year themselves. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
In some of her other novels concerning heroic and/or striving women (Mothers, 1989, etc.), Goldreich's characters lean toward the floridly sentimental in word and deed. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN WOMAN IN THE CHINESE HAT by Carole Maso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1994

"All voice and no story."
Exquisite stylist Maso (The Art Lover, 1990) pursues a form for her lushly hysterical phrase-spinning. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >