Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1759)

THE SEXUAL OCCUPATION OF JAPAN by Richard Setlowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Lucky readers who first discover Setlowe here (The Black Sea, 1991, etc.) will delight in knowing that some thrillers can be great fun and for grownups at the same time."
First-rate adult melodrama about the globalization of entertainment and communications networks, not to mention intellectual and spiritual maturity in high finance. Read full book review >
THE SAVING GRACES by Patricia Gaffney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"It's Gaffney's first hardcover—and a great book for the beach. (First printing of 100,000; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book selections; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A sweetly affirmative if teary-eyed story, Washington, D.C.'set, of four women who find consolation in friendship as they cope with cliché issues from breast cancer to infertility. Read full book review >

THE FUNERAL OF A GIRAFFE by Taeko Tomioka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Unresonant, emotionally uninvolving stories, offering no evidence of why she's considered an important writer."
The Funeral Of A Giraffe ($43.95; Aug.; 181 pp.; 0-7656-0441-8). Read full book review >
C'est la guerre by Louis Calaferte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"A grim and powerfully convincing picture of ordeal and survival, all the more effective by virtue of its sedulous understatement."
paper 0-8101-6068-4 C'est la guerre ($59.95; paper $14.95; Jul.; 130 pp.; 0-8101-6032-3; paper 0-8101-6068-4): This 1993 novel from the French author of The Way It Works with Women (1998) is an impressionistic picture of street life in Paris under German occupation during WWII. Read full book review >
WHITE SNAKE by Ko-ling Yen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

WHITE SNAKEand Other StoriesYen, Ko-ling Read full book review >

CAN YOU WAVE BYE BYE, BABY? by Elyse Gasco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Overwrought and somewhat monomaniacal in its subject-matter: a collection that buries genuinely moving and dramatic situations with suffocatingly apocalyptic prose and deadeningly repetitious scenarios."
A debut collection of seven stories about the domestic confusions of young women who have been adopted or are thinking of giving up their own children for adoption. Read full book review >
HUNTING DOWN AMANDA by Andrew Klavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Without the humor that lightened True Crime (1995), but, still, certain to please readers who like their entertainment with literary flourishes. And, yes, there is a cave of Tartarean darkness. ($300,000 ad/promo)"
Edgar-winning Klavan (The Uncanny, 1998, etc.) offers a stylish new thriller that turns on a jazz variation of the Orpheus and Eurydice legend. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF DREAMS by Jonis Agee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Riveting scenes of ranch life and the grimly glorious Nebraska countryside can't overcome a plot both bloated and sluggish, with a fairy-tale end painful to read."
Returning to the themes of her 1993 Strange Angels—with a detour through the badlands of Russell Banks—Agee offers a rambling saga that includes an abuse-riddled Nebraska family, a hideous crime, a slow path to redemption, and the love of a good woman. Read full book review >
THE ARTIST'S WIDOW by Shena Mackay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"A very funny, and ultimately moving, portrait of an aging artist reclaiming her identity."
The opening of a retrospective showing of an artist's paintings at a London gallery results in a refreshingly sharp study of hypocrisy and hustling. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM FILM SCHOOL by Richard Walter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Not especially funny, and not much fun."
The chairman of UCLA's film- and television-writing program debuts with (what else?) the story of a hapless film student who stumbles into fortune and, eventually, modest fame. Read full book review >
THUNDERHEAD by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Spellbinding as ever."
Since joining forces, Preston and Child have hit pay dirt, especially with 1995's wild and woolly Relic (subsequently filmed as an Alien clone, with a monster loose in the basement of Chicago's Field Museum); its follow-ups, Mount Dragon (1996) and Reliquary (1997); and the unstoppably thrilling Riptide (1998). Read full book review >
WHAT IT TAKES TO GET TO VEGAS by Yxta Maya Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

"Readable and intelligent, though this writer of promise and ferocious energy needs to scrutinize her subject matter a little more deeply."
Men will break your heart, but sisterhood is powerful in this uneven but arresting second novel by the author of Locas (1997). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >