Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

THE TASTE OF A MAN by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"If intended as political satire or an allegory of love or madness, the point is missed, leaving just highbrow hooey. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Widely known journalist Drakulic (The Balkan Express, 1993, etc.) tries her hand at a second novel (Holograms of Fear, 1992) with results that seem unlikely those she intended. Read full book review >
FERMENTATION by Angelica J.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Categorized by its publisher as ``Fiction, Erotica,'' here's a small British morsel in the love-and-cooking genre from the pseudonymous Angelica J., about whom nothing is revealed except that she (it seems) ``was born in 1963 and works in publishing.'' The young woman Odissa (no last name) meets the traveling fire-eater Serge (no last name) in the French town of Cauterets. Read full book review >

SURVIVAL GAMES by Charles Gaines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

An initially crisp and involving literary thriller, this first novel in 15 years by the author of, among others, Stay Hungry (not reviewed) and Dangler (1980) unfortunately devolves into a high- pitched and pretentious macho bloodbath. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH A HOT SUMMER by Camilla T. Crespi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"The answer will surprise most readers, even though Crespi's conscientious plotting never makes summer seem all that hot. (Author tour)"
When you suspect that your ex-wife's Valium-aided drowning last year was no accident, but the only evidence your three private eyes have dug up implicates you as the killer, who do you turn to in desperation? Read full book review >
A CUP OF TEA by Amy Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ephron should stick to what she knows."
Screenwriter/novelist Ephron (Biodegradable Soap, 1991, etc., and the film A Little Princess) claims that this tragic romance, set in WW-I New York, is inspired by a Katherine Mansfield story, but her sketchy characters, unconvincing historical detail, and hopelessly wooden prose hardly benefit by the comparison. Read full book review >

I'LL BE HOME LATE TONIGHT by Susan Thames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A tale of degradation and desperation, for those who like their coming-of-age stories extra noir."
Mother and daughter flee home with too little money and no plans in this depressing and catharsis-free first novel—set in the '50s—by the author of the story collection As Much As I Know (1992). Read full book review >
THE MERCY SEAT by Rilla Askew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A magnificent debut novel. (Author tour)"
Oklahoma native Askew follows the spare, haunting stories of her debut collection, Strange Business (1992), with a wrenching Cain-and-Abel first novel set in a vividly realized 19th-century American West. Read full book review >
ENEMY OF GOD by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Rousing, persuasive entertainment."
The second volume in the prolific Cornwell's robust Warlord Chronicles (The Winter King, 1996), an ambitious embroidering of the saga of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Read full book review >
HEAVEN IN HIGH GEAR by Joan Brady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Smarmalade."
It's no great compliment to call Brady's sequel a two-character knockoff of The Bridges of Madison County, as was said here of her debut, God on a Harley (1995). Read full book review >
UNDER AFRICAN SKIES by Charles R. Larson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A necessary volume for anyone seeking an introduction to modern African literature."
An overview of contemporary writing from Africa, drawing together 27 stories produced over the past three decades. Read full book review >
SKELETON CANYON by J.A. Jance
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Most of the sitcom-shaped intrigues are so lightweight that the homicidal complications seem to have been airlifted in from Jance's tougher, stronger J.P. Beaumont series (Name Withheld, etc.)."
A year after they played Romeo and Juliet at summer camp, recent Bisbee High grads Brianna O'Brien and Ignacio Ybarra are at it again, this time for real. Read full book review >
STATE OF MIND by John Katzenbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Less gory than one might expect, and less psychologically compelling than the narrative would want us to believe: Katzenbach is not likely to keep anyone guessing too long, but the action is fast-paced and most of the story's loose ends are smartly tied. (Author tour)"
Jeffrey Clayton, a criminology professor and noted expert on serial killers, is handed an unusual assignment: tracking down a mass murderer who just might be his long-presumed-dead father. 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 >