Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1818)

MURDER IN THE HOLY CITY by Simon Beaufort
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Puzzle fans must contend with an endlessly repetitive, confusing, and dull slog."
A new entry in the historical mystery genre, this set, in 1100, in a Jerusalem occupied by conquering Crusaders. Read full book review >
WRONG INFORMATION IS BEING GIVEN OUT AT PRINCETON by J.P. Donleavy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"The old dog is showing signs of age, but his friends will always be glad he's dropped in to say hello—even if their children find him a trifle unkempt and creepy."
What does a nice Yank lad from the Bronx find in his heart to write about, long years after he's hightailed it to Dublin and set himself up as a full-time Paddy? Read full book review >

PARADISE, NEW YORK by Eileen Pollack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"An accomplished mix of profundity and wit that's undercut by characters and a story more like talking points than fully-fledged aspects of a novel."
From the author of the story collection The Rabbi in the Attic (1991), a finely crafted, if underpowered, first novel detailing the journey to wisdom of a young woman who grew up in a Borscht Belt hotel. Read full book review >
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Great female characters, vigorous plotting, a solid military-family backdrop, but not enough action to keep everyone on board."
Science fiction about the far future's powerful military families, a sequel to Moon's Once a Hero (1997). Read full book review >
THE LADY IN THE LOCH by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Sadly, the homicidally forlorn lover is so industrious in his scarifying work that fantasist Scarborough (The Godmother's Apprentice, 1995, etc.) has little time to spare for the puir wee lady in the loch."
Hardly has aspiring author Walter Scott (yes, that Walter Scott) assumed the post of Edinburgh's sheriff than the city is rocked by a crime spree out of The Silence of the Lambs. Read full book review >

IN THE DARK by Meagan McKinney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Way over the top and unintentionally amusing—which may be the only reasons to read it."
Another silly tale from McKinney (Gentle From the Night, 1997, etc.),again about how love can save you from the dark side. Read full book review >
THE IRON LANCE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Familiar fare for Lawhead fans, watery gruel for outsiders or newcomers."
Historical fantasy and first of a "generational epic," so the publisher informs us, from Lawhead (Byzantium,1996, etc.), etc. Things get off to a poor start as Lawhead employs a trite, clumsy framing device. Read full book review >
HECTIC ETHICS by Francisco Hinojosa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

Eight satirical stories chosen from three collections previously published by an award-winning Mexican writer. Read full book review >
THE YOUNGEST MISS WARD by Joan Aiken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Fun yet slight fodder for Mansfield Park fans."
Aiken's latest Austen-inspired work (Emma Watson, 1996, etc.) takes up the fate of the youngest Ward daughter from Mansfield Park. Read full book review >
BREAKFAST ON PLUTO by Patrick McCabe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A good yarn, but nowhere near The Butcher Boy (1993): McCabe's terrorist demimonde is at once too bizarre to be moving and too familiar to be fresh."
An account of modern Ireland and her Troubles from the perspective of a small-town transvestite, by one of this year's Booker Prize—finalists (Carn, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ODYSSEY TO THE NORTH by Mario Bencastro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Bencastro's directness and understated compassion make Calixto's disillusionment credible and quite moving."
A heartfelt story of political oppression and exile from the Salvadoran author of A Shot in the Dark: Stories of the Civil War and The Tree of Life. Read full book review >
THE JEWELS OF TESSA KENT by Judith Krantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 1998

"Not as much of a tear-jerker as one might expect, but with lots of Krantz's signature glamour. (Literary Guild main selection and Doubleday Book Club; TV satellite tour)"
A nice soapy title for a nice soapy Krantz: the author's usual up-market labels mixed with a little mother-daughter drama and some heart-wrenching terminal illness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >