Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1809)

ACROSS THE BRIDGE by Mavis Gallant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Another fine collection from Gallant."
Eleven more spare, elegant stories from French-Canadian author Gallant (In Transit, 1989, etc.), ten of which first appeared in The New Yorker. Read full book review >
THE CYGNET AND THE FIREBIRD by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Rather a disappointment after previous high standards."
Not quite a sequel to The Sorceress and the Cygnet (1991), but set in the same intriguing fantasy world, and with some of the characters in common. Read full book review >

QUIET-CRAZY by Joyce Durham Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Whatever the actual case, this reads like autobiography: therapy for the author, perhaps, but slim pickings for the reader."
A mental hospital helps a severely depressed young woman take charge of her life—in a heartfelt but uninspired first novel from children's book author Barrett. Read full book review >
LOSING EDDIE by Deborah Joy Corey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Freshness of language and observation mark Corey as a promising newcomer, but she's hobbled herself here by overdoing the disasters and having Laura tell us about them in the historic present—not a fruitful tense for the limited consciousness of a nine-year-old."
A nine-year-old girl survives a succession of family tragedies—in an uneven first novel by Corey, born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF BLOOD by Dagoberto Gilb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Honest and sharply focused in portraying the dreams and realities of Mexican Americans today: Gilb's tales are best when depicting tradesmen at work and at play, but otherwise the magic is fleeting and slight."
Twenty-six stories (eight previously published in Winners on the Pass Line, 1985—not reviewed) offering a frank, sympathetic view of working-class Chicanos in the Southwest. Read full book review >

ETERNAL LIGHT by Paul J. McAuley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Flaws and all, a remarkable performance."
Panoramic, far-reaching, far-future hardcover debut involving black holes, aliens, religious fanatics, and vengeance. Read full book review >
ELECT MR. ROBINSON FOR A BETTER WORLD by Donald Antrim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"But Antrim's failure to orchestrate his flashy set-pieces leaves the impression of a first draft, albeit from a promising new talent with a wonderfully keen ear. (First serial to Harper's and The Paris Review.)"
Civilization's thin crust tears again. Read full book review >
THE IRON HAND OF MARS by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 1993

"More adventure than mystery this time, with an unmemorable supporting cast and the local color from Falco's latest travelogue overshadowing his ripe backchat—though some readers may like Falco best when he's most subdued."
Tacitus' ``year of four emperors''—A.D. 71. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"All the more impressive, then, is his satirical review of a calamitous series of cultural exchanges that leaves his Arab potentate bloated with borrowed power and utterly without grace or dignity."
The final installment of Munif's Cities of Salt trilogy, first published in 1989, offers still another view of the same historical subject: the corruption of traditional Arab values when Western allegiances substitute power and money for family and tribal loyalties. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 1993

"Add on the various summations (Fantasy, Horror, TV and movies, obituaries, Honorable Mentions) and the result is another generous, appealing anthology, with much fine work and something to please all tastes."
Another colossal compendium, comprising 48 stories (although the late Angela Carter's ``Alice in Prague, or the Curious Room'' is included but not listed) and five poems (though two poems by Margaret Atwood are listed but not included). Read full book review >
STONES OF THE DALAI LAMA by Ken Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"Mitchell's humor misses as often as it hits in this piquant- -but inconsistently appealing—parable of sin and absolution."
Western puritanism and Eastern fatalism propel this odd, picaresque tale of a small-time academic whose theft of a Tibetan burial marker sends his life spinning out of control—in a first US appearance for Canadian novelist Mitchell. Read full book review >
WE SO SELDOM LOOK ON LOVE by Barbara Gowdy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"An impressive accomplishment."
A debut collection from Canadian novelist Gowdy (Through the Green Valley, 1988) limns—with dark humor and wry compassion—the lives of those on the margins of normality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >