Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1997

"Essential reading for short story fans: The tireless Dozois triumphs again."
Twenty-eight tales from 1996, expertly selected by editor Dozois (his secret? ``He picks the stories he likes best,'' the blurb trumpets), plus the customary overview (not seen). Read full book review >
HIS2 by Robert Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1997

"Overall, a useful survey, stressing the diversity of tone and intention in gay fiction."
The second volume in an ongoing series (His, 1995) offering 19 previously unpublished stories on gay themes by both new and established writers. Read full book review >

HERS2 by Terry Wolverton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1997

Nicely varied collection of 21 new stories by lesbian writers, a follow-up to 1995's Hers. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1997

"Melodramatic and tough-guy-terse to excess, in true noir tradition, with a fringe of grim humor: a first novel that's too heavy on the hardboil at times, but appealing in its idiosyncracies all the same—and an almost sure harbinger of better things to come."
Out of La Crosse, Wisconsin (home of Nicholas Ray), comes a quirky black comedy paying considerable homage to film noir: a solid debut about a hired psychokiller who steps off a bus into a city aware of (and dreading) his arrival, sending ripples of fear and desperation through the demimonde. Read full book review >
WOMEN WITH MEN by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1997

"Scraps and leavings, seemingly, caught between the labored and the imitated."
A reader meeting Ford via these three pieces might wonder why laurels of the Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner kind have befallen this (The Sportswriter, 1986; Independence Day, 1995) particular writer. Read full book review >

THE VENTURE by Jeff Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1997

"A thinly written fictionalized tract that's not of much use to anyone seeking either diversion or business inspiration. (Radio satellite tour)"
A cautionary tale—about an inadvertent entrepreneur—that works neither as fictional entertainment nor as a reliable guide for prospective proprietors, from the coauthor of Heroz: Empower Yourself, Your CoWorkers, Your Company (1994). Read full book review >
A SURFEIT OF GUNS by P.F. Chisholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 1997

"A lively read for the history buff but unlikely to make new fans."
Once again it's the late 16th century and England's Sir Robert Carey is beset with problems (A Season of Knives, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1997

"The vision of Scottish life created by these six voices is remarkably consistent, vital, and unyieldingly tough-minded, but it's too early to say if these promising young writers will mature into major ones, or if they'll gain much of a foothold on these shores."
Stories by six young writers, the cream of the contemporary Scottish Beats crop, are anthologized here in a raw display of life on the edge. Read full book review >
LEAVE IT TO ME by Bharati Mukherjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1997

"The mythic overtones keep this bloody saga engaging as its Electra proves worthy of the zeitgeist that created her."
Mukherjee (The Holder of the World, 1993, etc.) probes the origins of violence and the nature of identity in this grim tale of a young woman whose need to know her past leaves corpses from Sarasota to Sausalito. Read full book review >
TERMINAL VELOCITY by Blanche McCrary Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1997

"Boyd's talent for creating convincingly tangled psychological webs is undeniable, but her novels are as unshaped as life itself."
Once again, Boyd (The Revolution of Little Girls, 1991, etc.) leads her intriguing characters through complex psychological, sexual, and philosophical mazes in this story of a clever southern belle turned radical lesbian, but the author fails to synthesize the parts of her story into a satisfying whole. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF PRIDE by Nicholasa Mohr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1997

"Mohr (Rituals of Survival, 1985), also a children's author, attempts a feminist interpretation, but the conclusions are often more facile than persuasive."
Seven stories that focus on the lives of Hispanic women offer some intriguing possibilities, but the repetitiveness of the plots and the similarities of the characters' epiphanies lessen the impact. Read full book review >
APOCRYPHAL TALES by Karel Capek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1997

"Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes are only two of the deadpan surprises to be found in an unfailingly delightful book."
Apocryphal Tales ($13.95 paperback original; June 15, 1997; 199 pp.; 0-945774-34-6): Though not enough readers in the English-speaking world know it, the great Czech writer (18901938) rivals D.H. Lawrence and even arguably Chekhov for the amount of work of sustained excellence produced during a tragically brief lifetime. 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 >