Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

CIRCUMNAVIGATION by Steve Lattimore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"More tales from loserville by a promising, if somewhat derivative, newcomer."
The tough-guy realism and casual nihilism of Thom Jones, Denis Johnson, and Larry Brown (among others) is finding its expression in a second generation of new writers who often sacrifice the subtleties of language for the perfection of the pose. Read full book review >
DRA--- by Stacey Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 1997

"Levine's variations on Kafka wear thin, but her satire of work is clever, unsettling, and timely."
Kafkaesque first novel, the 39th entry in Sun & Moon's experimental New American Fiction series, from the author of My Horse (stories, not reviewed). Read full book review >

LONDON BLOOD by Robert Lee Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Not too much puzzle in the puzzle here, but Nick grows ever more engaging, and the masterful London scene, pulsing with vitality and crammed with everyday horrors, provides an easy-to- take history lesson in a first-class entertainment."
Seventh in a series set in mid-18th-century London and featuring the sleuthing exploits of inventor-statesman Benjamin Franklin as narrated, written, and sketched by his devoted, illegitimate, 15-year-old son Nick (Murder by the Waters, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
FLOWERING JUDAS by Elizabeth Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"A marvelous modern romp."
More dispatches from life in London's tonier sets as British writer Palmer (Old Money, 1996, etc.) wittily details treachery between the sheets, in the boardroom, and at the country house, all nicely avenged by a woman of decidedly independent means. Read full book review >
PRETENDING THE BED IS A RAFT by Nanci Kincaid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Kincaid may well blossom into one of the better storytellers around."
An entertaining and occasionally dazzling first collection from Kincaid, the Florida-born author of the novel Crossing Blood (1992). Read full book review >

FADO by Katherine Vaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Still, when the theme of a story is in balance with its style, the result is elating."
Inspired by the lyric fantastic, a first fiction collection from novelist Vaz (Saudade, 1994), this year's winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Too cute for comfort: after about 20 pages of this, even cat- lovers may find themselves feeling pretty seasick. (12 b&w photos, not seen)"
A shaggy-cat tale, in which Alexander (The Way to Xanadu, 1994, etc.) gives us the feline perspective on travel and exploration in turn-of-the-century Antarctica. Mrs. Chippy is a cat—a tomcat, actually, but a very elegant one whose grace and manners and devotion to his master (Harry ``Chippy'' McNeish) inspired the joke that they are as good as married. Read full book review >
BACHELOR BROTHERS' BED AND BREAKFAST PILLOW BOOK by Bill Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1997

A sweet nothing of a sequel to Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast (1996), a collection of recipes, book lists, and slightly silly narrative noodlings about the lives of fraternal twins Hector and Virgil, their pets, their guests, acquaintances, and idle hours at their British Columbian island retreat. Read full book review >
BOB THE GAMBLER by Frederick Barthelme
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 1997

"But the real payoff is straight-up and timeless: a novel of surprising heart and soul. (Author tour)"
Barthelme's latest exercise in existential pulse-taking (Painted Desert, 1995, etc.) focuses on the democratic vice of gambling, though it's less a study in addiction than a celebration of risk-taking and downward mobility. Read full book review >
THE THIRD LION by Floyd Kemske
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"An offbeat account of a world-class rogue from yesteryear, whose ingratiating civility and utter lack of scruples helped him leave large footprints on the sands of time."
Kemske, best known for his quirky takes on latter-day organization men (Human Resources, 1995, etc.), smoothly shifts gears to deliver a wryly engrossing historical novel featuring the duplicitous French statesman Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand- PÇrigord. Read full book review >
HOTEL SARAJEVO by Jack Kersh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"A haunting, masterful work."
A first-time novelist brings the horrors of war to vivid life in this tale of a young girl's struggle to survive in ravaged Sarajevo. Read full book review >
DEADSPIN by Gregory Michael MacGregor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

A top-drawer Los Angeles trial lawyer faces tough going when he tangles with a wealthy and powerful candidate for the US presidency: a riveting courtroom drama from attorney/first-novelist MacGregor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >