Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1788)

GREEN SHADOWS, WHITE WHALE by Ray Bradbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1992

"He has never written better."
Bradbury goes mainstream with a hymn to Ireland and alcohol, focusing on writing a screenplay with John Huston for the director's film Moby Dick. Read full book review >
KNIFE EDGE by Ralf Rothmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1992

"In all: Ann Beattie with an overlay of Middle European angst."
German poet Rothmann's first is a poet's novel—spare, elliptical, shot through with recurring images and strong descriptive passages. Read full book review >

THE STANTON SUCCESSION by Warren Kiefer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 1992

"He's a much better grabber than his hapless executives."
On the eve of visionary chemist Avery Stanton's retirement as chairman of the Stanton Technologies board, the news that his anointed successor has a long prison record sparks a confrontation that kills Stanton and leaves the question of his successor up for grabs. Read full book review >
HOLOGRAMS OF FEAR by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1992

"Phenomenologically accurate as all this is, be warned that it makes for sludgy fiction: claustrophobic, repetitious, and thoroughly dispiriting."
From Croatian journalist Drakuli (How We Survived Communism, 1991—not reviewed), her first novel to be translated into English. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE GALLERY by Paul Harding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1992

"Clever puzzle, bustling atmosphere, and one hopes the curmudgeonly Sir John will be toned down and made more likable in future endeavors."
P.C. Doherty, writing as Harding, launches yet another historical mystery series, this one featuring a medieval coroner of Falstaffian girth and deplorable manners, Sir John Cranston, and his able assistant, Brother Athelstan, a guilt-riddled Dominican, who takes careful notes of crime scenes, interrogations, and so forth when Sir John is sleeping off a tankard or two too many. Read full book review >

CLOCKERS by Richard Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1992

"A vital and bold novel rich in unexpected pleasure, with Price generally avoiding melodrama, sentimentality, and stereotype to portray a harsh world with cleareyed compassion."
Price (The Breaks, 1982, etc.) has spent the past ten years writing for Hollywood (Sea of Love, etc.)—but you wouldn't know it from the dense textures and supple dramatics of this epic slice of urban grit about frazzled drug-dealers and burnt-out cops. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN WHO MARRIED A BEAR by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 1992

"Mostly a series of interviews with the suspects, but sensitive, in-your-face Younger makes each one into a stylish riff, and the Alaska background is refreshingly tangy."
Alaska is the star of this fresh debut mystery (the first in a series), though poetic, alcoholic, lovelorn, nondriving (he depends on taxis, hitchhiking, and obliging friends) Cecil Younger plays a strong supporting role. Read full book review >
MYSTICAL PATHS by Susan Howatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1992

"A sure-fire hit."
The air is thick with incense and mysteries (both secular and non) in this fifth smashing novel in Howatch's High Church series (Spontaneous Risks, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
BLACK FRECKLES by Larry Levis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1992

"Very much a first collection of prose, of interest mainly to fans of Levis's verse."
Poet Levis offers eight stories here, all full of a poet's prose, for better and for worse: each is broken into numerous sections or capsules of prose; each reaches for lyrical epiphanies; and each is largely plotless. Read full book review >
PAST THE BLEACHERS by Christopher A. Bohjalian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Still, a good get-out-your-handkerchief read for ball fans."
From the author of Hangman (1991) and A Killing in the Real World (1988), a tug-at-the-heartstrings baseball novel— authentically moving in places but, finally, too programmatically sentimental. Read full book review >
BLUE GLASS by Sandra Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"A promising beginning."
An unpretentious but accomplished first novel about the bittersweet relationship between a mother and a daughter, refreshingly free of either anger or sentimentality. Read full book review >
DAUNTLESS by Barrett Tillman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1992

"Tillman's training and experience assure verisimilitude in both history and technical details, to be sure—but the strangely uninvolving fashion in which he tells his tale makes this one for dedicated aviation-war buffs."
The 50th anniversary of WW II will undoubtedly unleash a spate of books over the next few years, and this fictionalized version of the crucial Battle of Midway in the summer of 1942 is in the vanguard. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >