Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

AN ORDINARY WOMAN by Cecelia Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 1999

"Holland, basing her story on journals of the period, writes in her usual non-nonsense, straight-ahead style that is more intent on covering the distance than on smelling the wind (or the flowers)."
Holland returns to California (Railroad Schemes, 1997, etc.) for her 24th historical, a dramatized biography of Nancy Kelsey, the first American woman to cross the wilderness of the Great Western Desert and Rockies, afterward settling in California with her husband Ben and raising a large family. Read full book review >
VILLAGE OF A MILLION SPIRITS by Ian MacMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 1999

"A sober account of an incomprehensibly evil episode from modern history: MacMillan has established himself as one of the surer guides through the Nazi genocide."
A fictional account of the daily routines inside the death camp at Treblinka, narrated in chilling straight-faced prose by MacMillan (Orbit of Darkness, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >

THE ENCHANTRESSES by Vera Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Not entirely convincing—the narrative is patchy and erratic, with many jarring moments—though fans of Chapman's trilogy (and The Notorious Abbess, 1997) will want to investigate."
This prequel to a 1970s feminist Arthurian trilogy (The Green Knight; The King's Damosel; King Arthur's Daughter) appears posthumously, Chapman having died in 1996, aged 98. Read full book review >
NORTHERN SUNS by David G. Hartwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Pleasingly eclectic and worth a try for story fans."
A companion volume to the 1994 hardcover collection of science fiction stories, Northern Stars (not reviewed), presenting 22 further pieces by Canadian authors—"Canadian" being defined in the loosest possible sense. Read full book review >
THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOVING PICTURE ASSOCIATION by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Masterful description floats through a story that's held together by sheer charm."
31286676.399 Estleman, Loren D. THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN MOVING PICTURE ASSOCIATION Estleman has switched fictional settings before from Prohibition Detroit (Whiskey River, 1990, etc.) to the Hollywood of early silents, as in Billy Gashade (1997). Read full book review >

HUMMINGBIRD HOUSE by Patricia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Kate and her good deeds don't shine as brightly as they should in this schematic take on the suffering of the innocents."
In a carefully crafted but overwrought first novel, an American midwife experiencing compassion fatigue cannot escape the claims of love and duty. Read full book review >
LAND OF MANY COLORS and NANNA-YA by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Both stories display narrative vigor and structural subtlety, but are argumentative and accusatory to a degree that severely limits their success in fictional terms."
Two early (1985) novellas by the Guadeloupian author of The Children of Segu (1989) and other fiction explicitly devoted to the struggles of Third World populations against their colonizers and oppressors. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN IN THE YARD by Stephen Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Somewhat plodding in its setup, but the story moves well once it gets going, with a nice cast of characters and pretty authentic local color."
A Heat of the Night—ish first novel, in which a string of murders upsets the already-fragile peace of a small southern town during the dawn of the Civil Rights era. Q.P. Waldreau is a southern boy who's seen enough of the world to want to settle down at home. Read full book review >
PEYTON PLACE by Grace Metalious
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"But it never was an important one, and no amount of retroactive puffery can make it so."
Here's an unexpected publication: a new edition, complete with scholarly introduction, of the 1956 succäs de scandale that was in its time the single bestselling American novel, inspiring both a nighttime "television novel" (i.e., soap opera) and an only slightly less soapy (1958) feature film. Read full book review >
LIVING ON THE EDGE by John Coyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

LIVING ON THE EDGEFiction by Peace Corps WritersCoyne, John—Ed. Read full book review >
BENJAMIN'S GIFT by Michael Golding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Drive-by history with a clumsy subtext that strains for meaning and heft."
A fast-paced, name-dropping tour through the recent past, complete with obligatory calls at various Big Moments. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1999

"Swirling intrigues, restrained magics, subtle spies, and dauntless heroines: jolly good."
Alternate-world historical romantic fantasy from veteran Norton (Scent of Magic, 1998, etc.) and new collaborator Edghill. 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 >