Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

TOSS by Boomer Esiason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Heavy on the melodrama, but in its way the most brutal study of football since Peter Gent's North Dallas Forty."
Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, currently a host on ABC's Monday Night Football, and novelist Lowell Cauffiel (Marker, 1997) team up for Esiason's debut as a (co-)novelist. Read full book review >
THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF FRANK NORRIS by Frank Norris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Others likely won—t."
The career of novelist Frank Norris was tragically short—he died in 1902, at the age of 32—but crowded with work. Read full book review >

A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES by Susanna Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"First-rate for the history, but there are so many plot lines, and so much tedious talk about them, that interesting characters eventually lose their vitality, and the 14th looms like a century and a half."
It's Cambridge, England, in 1348. Read full book review >
STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER by Harry Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The Civil War scenario has wide, guaranteed appeal, yet savvy readers will recognize wish-fulfillment, no matter how cleverly disguised as docudrama. (Author tour)"
Another alternate-world workout from the veteran Ireland-resident American author, following his splendid Dark Ages trilogy (concluded with King and Emperor, 1996). Read full book review >
THE WAKE OF THE WIND by J. California Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A moving story that combines period detail, terse, flavorful language, and a swift plot to create a portrait of a redoubtable family over time."
A lyrical, century-spanning family saga on the lives of several African-American families. Read full book review >

THE SENSUALIST by Barbara Hodgson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"First-rate literate entertainment—and one of the year's most replete and unusual fictions."
Obvious echoes of Kafka and subtler whiffs of William Gaddis's The Recognitions and Marguerite Young's Miss Macintosh, My Darling resound throughout this tantalizing metaphysical mystery, the second illustrated novel from the Canadian artist, photographer, and author of The Tattooed Map (1995). Read full book review >
HYSSOP by Kevin McIlvoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A joy."
McIlvoy (The Fifth Station, 1988; Little Peg, 1990) hits his stride with this life-affirming and unsentimental comedy of a widowed thief who finds his much-loved second bride when he's 86 and she a year younger. Read full book review >
DIVINING ROD by Michael Knight
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An impressive and touching anatomy of the varieties, pleasures, and consequences of giving all for love—the work of a fine new writer who already looks like one of the really good ones."
A moody and often moving story of adultery and other forms of compromised love, by the author of the story collection Dogfight (p. 1142). Read full book review >
WALTZING THE CAT by Pam Houston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Houston remains a gifted writer who needs a subject."
An unconventional protagonist and vivid style are the distinguishing features of this nevertheless uneven second collection of 11 interrelated stories from Houston (Cowboys Are My Weakness, 1992). Read full book review >
QUINCAS BORBA by Joaquim Machado de Assis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A great, teasing, profoundly entertaining book: An unforgettable portrayal of a materially oriented Don Quixote that's also that rarity in any literature—a genuinely philosophical novel."
A graceful new translation of a major (1891) novel by the master ironist (1839—1908) who remains Brazil's greatest writer of fiction. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S 25 FINEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES by Ed Gorman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Even though Hoch's Necrology lists mercifully few household names, you can't help feeling on the evidence presented that this hasn't been a banner year for short stories of crime."
Professionalism rather than originality is the keynote of this seventh annual collection. Read full book review >
ZACHARY'S WINGS by Rosemarie Robotham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Heavy-handed prose occasionally detracts from this story on the ties of family and romance, but first-novelist Robotham's exceptionally likable people are able to salvage what could have easily been standard fare."
Essence editor Robotham's debut fiction is both a love story (at times overworked) and an incisive portrait of the drug landscape of 1980s Manhattan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >