Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, ALWAYS OUTGUNNED by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"The elemental recurrence of fear and lust and rage are right out of Easy Rawlins, even if Socrates' story exhibits rather than extends Mosley's range."
Mosley takes a break from his peerless Easy Rawlins series (Gone Fishin', 1997, etc.) for a cycle of non-mystery stories set in the same violent neighborhood of Watts. Read full book review >
SELECTED SHORT STORIES OF WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS by William Dean Howells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A varied and impressive gathering, surprisingly fresh and intriguing, and a necessary volume for any Howells collection."
A lovingly annotated sampling of stories by the prolific Howells (18371920), now best known for his many novels and for his unstinting efforts to champion realism in American literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Editor Kearns has assembled an impressive group of tales, and also illuminated an overlooked tradition."
A startling, useful gathering of 25 stories by both familiar and overlooked Irish-American women writers. Read full book review >
THE CHRONICLES OF THE ROUND TABLE by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Worth a browse for Arthur's faithful legions."
This addition to Ashley's Chronicles series of Arthurian tales comprises 19 new stories, 4 reprints, 190251, and an afterword in which Marion Zimmer Bradley and Parke Godwin discuss their own and other Arthurian works. Read full book review >
THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE'S EYE by A.S. Byatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Four short fairy tales with a contemporary edge, and one novella-length tale that brilliantly transforms a story of middle- age angst into a celebration of serendipity and sex. Read full book review >

THE MAGICIAN'S WARD by Patricia C. Wrede
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Something of an improvement over Mairelon the Magician (1991), but still leisurely, YA-ish, and lacking innovation."
No, not a hospital drama about ailing wizards, but another yarn set in a fantasy Regency England featuring Richard Merrill, a.k.a. Read full book review >
THE BACHELOR'S CAT by L.F. Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"No tears, only mild uplift, and just the right size for Bridges of Madison County folks."
James Stewart in It's a Wonderful Cat, though in a vaguely realistic vein that avoids heavy sentimentality. Read full book review >
A DO RIGHT MAN by Omar Tyree
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Tyree in a new, more subtle mode."
Tyree (Flyy Girl, 1996) returns, this time, fortunately, focusing less on Afrocentric theorizing and more on character- -resulting in a good deal more engaging read. Read full book review >
NIGHT LETTERS by Robert Dessaix
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Despite this hero's unhappy prospects, he and his creator (a literary journalist and author of an Australian-published autobiography, A Mother's Disgrace) prove the best of traveling companions, whatever your journey happens to be."
A literary Australian's affliction with HIV and his decision to spend some of his remaining time in Europe are merely the pretexts for this surprisingly engrossing collection of epistolary reflections on the meaning of life, love, and time—a bestseller in Australia that deserves to find an appreciative audience here. ``Midway along the journey of our life/I woke to find myself in a dark wood,'' this book begins, quoting from Dante's Inferno (a work to which the author frequently refers throughout the text). Read full book review >
JACK FRUSCIANTE HAS LEFT THE BAND by Enrico Brizzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A big seller in Italy, we're told."
Haphazardly punctuated first novel of middle-class Europeen angst that's less about rock 'n' roll, or pubescent love, than about Anglo-American slacker culture and a bunch of dead-end kids who talk the talk and walk the walk because they have nothing better to do. Read full book review >
SONG OF THE RIVER by Sue Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A warm yarn from the frozen North and as authentic as all get- out, with maps, glossary, author's clarifying notes—the works."
As in Brother Wind (1994) and others, Harrison once again displays her first-rate storytelling talents, here in a rousing tale of murder, revenge, and internecine warfare. Read full book review >
BODY PARTS by Jere Hoar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A winner."
Eleven very Southern short stories in a first collection from a veteran of the small-press scene. 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 >