Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1795)

DAVID COPPERFIELD'S TALES OF THE IMPOSSIBLE by David Copperfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"No illusion: This delivers the real goods."
A grand package of 18 original tales of fantastic fiction, chosen by top stage illusionist Copperfield and editor/author Berliner (as Gluckman: Child of the Light, 1992), with a huff-and- puff preface by Dean Koontz. Read full book review >
MONKEY'S UNCLE by Jenny Diski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An imaginative look at the carefully crafted absurdities of a deranged mind, with judicious dashes of humor and pathos."
With one foot through the looking glass, an engaging new novel from Diski (Nothing Natural, 1987, etc.) with a whimsical, if sometimes distressing, view of insanity. Read full book review >

LONGING by María Espinosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A powerfully written tale of very messy lives, with all their sordid goings-on spotlightedbut with no shading for relief or credibility."
A vivid if overwrought portrait of another emotionally fragile, sensitive young woman who's saved from self- destructiveand often plain dumbbehavior by finding herself. Read full book review >
THE TIGER IN THE GRASS by Harriet Doerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"It seems fair to say that this fragile volume wasn't subjected to very rigorous editing, and that much of its content need not have been preserved. (First printing of 50,000)"
Largely forgettable short works by the acclaimed author of the Mexico-set Stones for Ibarra (published in 1984, when Doerr was 73) and Consider This, Se§ora (1993). Read full book review >
THE KINGMAKING by Helen Hollick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Hearty entertainment by a first novelist who may yet make a stir in the sacred halls of fictional Camelot."
Yet another fanciful fricassee of the Arthurian legends, this one—the first in a trilogy—with a sizzle of muscular action and romance. Read full book review >

KAY DARLING by Laura McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Delightful, funny, and real: The authors have managed to uncover the twisted and often hilarious souls of their characters without a hint of pretense or sentimentality."
A collaborative debut that follows the uneven journey of three young Canadians whose paths cross and join as they attempt to put their lives in some kind of adult order. Read full book review >
MILTON'S ELEMENTS by Cordelia Strube
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Not badly written, but with all the unrelieved nastiness and grotesque speciousness of a TV talk showand, not surprisingly, completely unaffecting."
Canadian writer Strube (Alex & Zee, 1995, not reviewed) tells the story of a sensationally dysfunctional family that might give even the tabloids pause. Read full book review >
HARD NEWS by Mark T. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Uninspired if workmanlike when focused on McCarthy and LaFontaine, but a real trudge for the other 200 pages."
A convoluted and cluttered journalistic thriller done in by a bloated storyline: a second novel from the author of The Fall Line (1994). Read full book review >
THE MANDARIN OF MAYFAIR by Patricia Veryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Essential to series followers; newcomers might prefer to drop in on the Jewelled Men and their sterling foes in the earlier novels."
The sixth and last flash from the author's Georgian-period Jewelled Men series (Never Doubt I Love, p. 102, etc.)light, romantic adventures featuring classy toffs, foxy villains, and spunky ladies. Read full book review >
PROJECT FARCRY by Pauline Ashwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

British Ashwell's first hardcover (the paperback Unwillingly to Earth) is, technically, a ``fix-up''that is, a concatenation of six linked but independent stories (at least one of which has appeared under the name Paul Ash). Read full book review >
BEOWULF'S CHILDREN by Larry Niven
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"But the whole enterpriseintriguing ecology, indistinguishable characters, improbable metabolisms and allis hobbled by committee-style prose and unlikely dialogue."
Sequel to The Legacy of Heorot (1987), in which heroic colonists from Earth battled supercharged alien dinosaurs known as ``grendels.'' On planet Avalon, the children of the original colonists are growing up fast. Read full book review >
THE CHRISTMAS BOX by Richard Paul Evans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

This reverent little domestic tale, originally self-published, gets its second holiday chance to wring out tears and ring up sales. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >