Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

GRAND PASSION by Jayne Ann Krentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"High sugar, low fiber."
Thin romantic suspense larded with soft-core porn—in a first hardcover from veteran Krentz (aka Amanda Quick). Read full book review >
VARIOUS ANTIDOTES by Joanna Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Sensitively nuanced insights into the more macabre manifestations of human behavior, by a writer of admirable originality."
A first collection from Scott (Arrogance, 1990, etc.) explores, in luminous prose, the obdurate nature of obsession in real and imaginary characters. Read full book review >

THE WOMAN BETWEEN THE WORLDS by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Hard-working, evocative, and suitably macabre—but with the rather thin plot and largely superfluous literary luminaries, not altogether convincing."
Overstuffed, waggish, literary-figured Victorian fantasy on the ``Invisible Man'' theme: MacIntyre's eccentric, stimulating debut. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS by Gerald Hausman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Manly, masterly feats described in a breathless manner certain to appeal to hunters, trappers, and would-be adventurers in the wild—but mindlessly tedious for everyone else."
Native American expert Hausman and science-fiction maestro Zelazny team up to deliver a heart-pounding pair of interlocking yarns—fictionalized tributes to the fortitude, skill, and luck of two early mountain men, John Colter and Hugh Glass. Read full book review >
THE FERMATA by Nicholson Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"But drama is drama and porn porn, this among the most literary-respectable of the latter that money can buy."
The talented Baker returns with sex for sophisticates, making Vox (1992) seem like a warmup exercise. Read full book review >

LOVE AND RERUNS IN ADAMS COUNTY by Mark Spencer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Raymond Carver without the soul."
Low-life America has its day in this first novel by an eight- time Pushcart nominee: a tale of a high-school baseball star, the cheerleader who married him, and their long, painful, post-teenaged decline, first explored in novella form in Spencer's collection, Wedlock (1990). Read full book review >
HAPPINESS by Ann Harleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Each story turns on a metaphor that almost flowers but often doesn't."
Mixed praise for the 1993 John Simmons Short Fiction Award winner from Iowa. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A LOST BOY by Harry Kondoleon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Kondoleon's ending is bothersome (as a bridge to Hector's embrace of death, there's a dreamy, soft-focus wedding of two gay teenagers that doesn't quite work), but, overall, his view of the plague—written from the nerve-ends—is funny, scary, and moving."
From prolific off-Broadway playwright Kondoleon: a quirky second novel (following The Whore of Tjampuan Paj, 1988) that details the bumpy ride of a gay man with AIDS. Read full book review >
WHERE LOVE LEAVES US by Renée Manfredi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Daring and interesting, but also long and overly detailed, without a crowning message."
Nine intricately configured stories—many about fathers and daughters on the Italian south side of Pittsburgh in the 1960's—by 1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award co-winner Manfredi (see Williford, below). Read full book review >
MACAULEY'S THUMB by Lex Williford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"A writer to watch."
An impressive and highly readable debut from the co-winner of the 1993 Iowa Short Fiction Award (see Manfredi, above). Read full book review >
COFFEE WILL MAKE YOU BLACK by April Sinclair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1994

"A fair-to-middling debut."
From newcomer Sinclair, the coming-of-age story of a black girl in 1960's Chicago. Read full book review >
DISCOVERING AMERICA by Liza Wieland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"Well-crafted and original—a welcome short-story debut."
In spite of an innocuous title, Wieland (The Names of the Lost, 1992) employs rich shapes and colors, finely hewed thematic details, and a heart full of a rebel's sympathy in the ten long stories collected here. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >