Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

BELOW THE LINE by Sara Chin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"Still, in page-long vignettes before each tale, this first-timer displays her true potential, evoking scenes in a sensitively visual language."
A lackluster debut collection by San Franciscan Chin. Read full book review >
A REAL GOOD WAR by Sam Halpert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 24, 1997

"An inspiring debut: nostalgic, ironic, and respectful of a harrowing moment in America's history. (Author tour)"
Engrossing fictionalized WW II flyboy memoir, a first novel from a 77-year-old retiree. Read full book review >

BARNEY'S VERSION by Mordecai Richler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 1997

"Urbain's Horseman (1971), but it's a pretty decent comic novel nevertheless."
A fair-enough stab at Rothian (or, perhaps more accurately, Bellovian) comic portraiture intermittently enlivens this overlong story of an aging TV producer, lover of women, and possible murderer: the eponymous Barney Panofsky, a kind of lower-case Mickey Sabbath or Augie March. Read full book review >
ORACLE by Ian Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 1997

"Unbalanced—with a promising scenario and intriguing developments that degenerate into a long, stultifying chase—and populated by a largely anonymous and uninvolving cast."
Another contemporary sf thriller from Watson (Hard Questions, p. 1485, etc.). Read full book review >
FEAR OF BLUE SKIES by Richard Burgin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 1997

"But the best of them are all too familiar and won't be easily forgotten."
A third collection from Burgin (Private Fame, 1989; Man Without Memory, 1991), who teaches at St. Read full book review >

THE STONY HEART and B/MOONDOCKS by Arno Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"And here's hoping translator Woods is at work on the rest of Schmidt's demanding rewarding oeuvre."
The Stony Heart and B/Moondocks ($49.95; Dec. 10, 1997; 424 pp.; 1-56478-170-4): The concluding installment of translator Woods's stupendous four-volume edition of ``the German Joyce's'' Collected Early Fiction, 19491964. Read full book review >
DESPERATE CROSSING by Barbara Riefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 1997

"Despite the limp characterizations, a rugged tale of survival with some haunting reminders of dark episodes in American history."
This 1865 tale of a young woman captured by warriors of the Oglala tribe in the Northwest re-creates the hatred seething among Indians, Army troops, and settlers—but with characters who sometimes fail to convince. Read full book review >
DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Thomas Mann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 1997

"Mann's most Dostoevskyan novel should, in this splendid new version, speak more powerfully than ever to contemporary readers."
The modest Thomas Mann boom, begun with the recent publication (by New Directions) of his early stories, continues with this fine new English translation of the author's last great novel, first published in 1948. Read full book review >
RENDEZVOUS by Richard S. Wheeler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 1997

"A promising start in what appears to be an absorbing, authoritative series."
After eight fine westerns detailing the exploits of Barnaby Skye as a mountain man during the 1850s and '60s, old pro Wheeler (Sierra, 1996, etc.) fills in the blanks in his colorful protagonist's background—beginning in 1826, when the frontiersman- to-be arrived in North America, through his backwoods apprenticeship in the Rockies. Read full book review >
TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"Gleeful fun with a serious edge, set forth in an almost impeccable English accent."
Comic yarn set in the same time-traveling universe as the splendid Doomsday Book (1992), with some of the minor characters in common. Read full book review >
SECOND LOVE by Judith Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"Gould's fourth hardcover (Too Damn Rich, 1992, etc.) is one of her sillier offerings, with lots of explicit sex mixing pain with pleasure, and orgasms with visions of flower gardens, like clichÇs in ecstasy."
Gould continues in the Sidney Sheldon tradition, this time with echoes of Windmills of the Gods: a widowed heroine, a hit- woman, and a group of ominously foreign bad guys. Read full book review >
A QUESTION OF BELIEF by Margaret Yorke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"But fans will find this latest tour of the human zoo powered by all her irresistible momentum."
No wonder Philip Winter feels driven to fake his own death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >