Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1768)

PURE by Rebbecca Ray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Graphic and guileless, as well as underdeveloped, though admittedly intriguing if only because of the author's youth."
A British debut novel, penned by a (then) 16-year-old author, offers the intense immediacy of teenage youth—though often without the forward momentum and richness of texture of a fully accomplished work. Read full book review >
RAVELING by Peter Moore Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Stylish, substantive, and savvy."
A classy suspense debut pitting two men against each other in that struggle between brothers that's as old as the Bible. Read full book review >

THE ARMADA BOY by Kate Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Ellis's writing isn't up to her ambitious triple plot, but she writes with a nice sympathy for ordinary people caught up in the forces of history."
Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson, amateur archaeologist, finds that his interest in the past isn't simply academic. Read full book review >
LEAVIN’ TRUNK BLUES by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Atkins loves his blues musicians and writes eloquently about them, but the beat of his pacing, bogged down in backstory, can be the most funereal feature of this murderous tale."
Nick Travers, pro footballer turned academic, is back for his second riff as the blues historian with dynamite in his fists. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A CAVE DWELLER by Sally Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Pedestrian but solid and reliable as Woodend himself."
As its title suggests, this deeply conventional whodunit reaches back, back, back to the very dawn of rock 'n' roll: Liverpool, circa 1960, when glorified garage bands played lunchtime gigs that set throngs of shop clerks and typists screaming and swooning in makeshift clubs across the city. Read full book review >

THAT SUMMER'S TRANCE by J. R. Salamanca
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Arguably a bit talkier than strictly necessary, but a tale that builds extra layers of complexity and power with every finely tuned paragraph."
An unconventional midlife crisis unsparingly reveals its secretive protagonist's outwardly successful life and persistent inner demons: the initially leisurely, eventually absorbing novel—the first in 14 years—from the veteran author of Southern Light (1986), etc. Read full book review >
DO OR DIE by Grace F. Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"As in her first three cases, Mali's name-brand dreams of the African-American good life are layered incongruously with the secrets of a down-and-dirty neighborhood that seem worlds removed from the righteous sleuth."
With her dad playing bass and her NYPD sweetie Tad Honeywell playing footsie, Mali Anderson's dreamy jazz cruise on the QEII would have been perfect except for two hitches: the presence aboard ship of mantrap Chrissie Morgan, hungry for Tad's attention and not fussy about how to get it, and the news on returning that Starr Hendrix, aspiring vocalist daughter of Jeffrey Anderson's pianist, has been murdered. Read full book review >
BLOOD by Joseph Glass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Below-average prose and over-the-top plotting by a pseudonymous, allegedly best-selling author."
Susan Shader (Eyes, 1998), a renowned Chicago psychiatrist with psychic powers, returns in a stomach-turning, explicit mix of sexual obsession, torture, and murder. Read full book review >
THE MARRIAGE PRIZE by Virginia Henley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"For those with a lower melting point than Rosamond's, scenes like this should induce many pulse points of pleasure."
Closing volume in Henley's Plantagenet trilogy (The Dragon and the Jewel, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE ICEWEAVER by Margaret Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Enough sumptuous prose poetry to sate the most demanding palate, though some readers will feel restless long before the seventh course arrives."
An ambitious fantasy on situations and themes from The English Patient, transplanted to 1809 New York, yields mixed results. Read full book review >
KILL ME TENDER by Daniel Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Skip the book; play the records."
THE GREAT PETROWSKI by Gina Berriault
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2000

"Berriault's biographer may unearth much of interest here, but the general reader will likely find Petrowski is thin stuff performed in a decidedly minor key."
This odd little parable, announced as an "ecological fable," was written (and charmingly illustrated) by the late Berriault (d. 1997), in the wake of the long-delayed acclaim that greeted her award-winning story collection, Women in Their Beds (1996). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >