Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

BURNING TIME by Leslie Glass
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Overscaled and overlong, but not otherwise remarkable."
Already tormented by his actress wife Emma Chapman's screen debut in an art porn fantasy, New York psychiatrist Jason Frank is frantic with worry over a series of rambling letters to Emma signed ``The One Who Saved You.'' But while he's planning a trip to San Diego to match the letter-writer with Emma's old high-school classmate Troland Grebs, Grebs, who likes to tattoo and burn his women, is already in New York waiting (a nice touch) for Frank to leave Emma alone and vulnerable. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"A quite grand affair."
A robust and majestically peopled and paced medieval trilogy— a stormy tale of thunderous dark passions and spiritual triumphs— in a one-volume collection of two hitherto-out-of-print novels and one never-before published here: from the author, as Ellis Peters, of the hugely popular Brother Cadfael mysteries. Read full book review >

ECLIPSE OF THE HEART by Ronald Tierney
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"MacGuffin-hunting, and now and then dips into bathos, but his writerly skills are also evident."
Melancholy derring-do introducing celibate-homosexual Zachary Grayson, a stodgy, middle-aged San Francisco food writer, whose life is turned upside down when he's befriended by the companionable Manny, who suggests he accompany him to Puerto Vallarta. Read full book review >
ESCAPADE by Jane Aiken Hodge
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"The Windover crowd had more pep."
A rather talky romance from veteran Hodge: here, it's 1811 and a young English girl (daughter of the heroine of Windover, 1992) and her friend, a renowned beauty and popular singer, find themselves on the political anthill of Sicily during the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >
THE HOLDER OF THE WORLD by Bharati Mukherjee
Released: Oct. 12, 1993

"Mukherjee's enormous learnedness here to be worn lightly, and pulls her story along like a merchantman under full sail."
From Mukherjee (The Middleman, 1988; Jasmine, 1989, etc.), the tale of a 17th-century American girl who ends up an emperor's mistress in India. Read full book review >

VOODOO DREAMS by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"All the ingredients of a bewitching read—atmosphere, adventure, mystery, and romance—as well as enough intellectual substance to give it a satisfying heft."
A gripping first novel that limns the life of African-American Marie Laveau, the legendary Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, with all the brooding intensity and latent menace of a summer's night on a lonely bayou. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

"Smaller in scale than Kabul (1986) but just as resonant: an unusually personal approach to Tony Hillerman territory."
The Chama, New Mexico, police are satisfied that jewelry designer Leigh Haring's adventurous older sister Leni, a doctoral student of mind-altering drugs, was strangled by her half-Hopi lover Ben Naya. Read full book review >
HOTEL PASTIS by Peter Mayle
Released: Oct. 8, 1993

"A cedar box of Havana Churchills, a pint of white diamonds— the gift novel par excellence, its smart dialogue at full glitter throughout. (First printing of 100,000 is just frog jelly before the tads pop.)"
Consumer glories rendered by a master (the velvety Acquired Tastes, 1992) in a richly amusing first novel set in London and Provence, even more stylish than Mayle's travel hits (Toujours Provence, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
LOSING ISAIAH by Seth Margolis
Released: Oct. 7, 1993

"Shifting from Margaret's to Selma's to Charles's to Isaiah's and other points of view, Margolis (False Faces, 1991, etc.) prevents the reader from identifying deeply with any one side, making this more an abstract intellectual exercise than a compelling work of fiction."
Margolis attempts to follow the success of novels like The Good Mother and Kramer vs. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 1993

"And if this sedate, chilling family portrait isn't in the same class as A Judgment in Stone or Make Death Love Me, well, what is?"
A sheltered girl spins a tale of her involvement with her mother in a years-old series of killings—in this meditative Arabian Nights of murder-in-retrospect reminiscent of Rendell's Barbara Vine byline. Read full book review >
POT OF GOLD by Judith Michael
Released: Oct. 4, 1993

"This is what it is: cherry Jell-O, with a dollop of fake whipped cream in the form of awful writing. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for November)"
Another novel from the PC of Judith Michael—really a husband a wife writing team based in Aspen and Chicago, known for their popular, plumped-up category-style romances (Sleeping Beauty, A Ruling Passion, etc.). Read full book review >
BROTHER TERMITE by Patricia Anthony
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Chilling, memorable work, with splendid characters and utterly convincing aliens, set forth with unstoppable narrative momentum."
Another near-future venture in aliens-among-us realism, from the author of the highly impressive Cold Allies (1992). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >