Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 1823)

THE RACQUET by George Hitchcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1993

"An amusing tale: fluid and zany, with an unflappable, ever-so- slightly jaded hero and plenty of social commentary."
A second novel (after Another Shore—not reviewed) from the prolific Hitchcock—poet, playwright, painter, short-story writer- -spins a colorful yarn about a young Mexican tennis pro and his overland journey from Canada to home, entering the US for the first time. Read full book review >
THE LIAR by Stephen Fry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1993

"Too British in its calculated outrageousness to repeat its bestselling performance on this side of the Atlantic, but still dizzyingly, peerlessly sophomoric. (Film rights to Paramount)"
Comic actor/screenwriter Fry (the TV series A Bit of Fry and Laurie, etc.) weighs in with a fulsomely naughty first novel about a lascivious, blandly prevaricating English schoolboy cast adrift at public school, on the streets, at Cambridge, and in MI5. Read full book review >

TESTIMONIES by Patrick O'Brian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1993

"A chaste and disciplined prose lend purity to a quiet, tragic idyll for the discriminating reader.'"
A welcome reissue of O'Brian's moving and very fine first novel—a novel of "unassuming proportion and immaculate design" (Kirkus, August 1, 1952). Read full book review >
CROSSING BY NIGHT by David Aaron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 1993

"Aaron's best yet."
Grand espionage-adventure at the dawn of WW II, with the lovely wrinkle that the spy is a woman: American-born Elizabeth Pack, whose real-life exploits on behalf of the British take on stirring fictional form courtesy of Aaron (Agent of Influence, 1988, etc.) Read full book review >
SCATTERPATH by Maralys Wills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1993

"Notwithstanding the author's dead-on command of black-box and procedural detail, then: a clumsy, suspense-free narrative whose cul-de-sac plotting keeps it earthbound."
A would-be shocker that, for all its chillingly authentic asides on air crashes, never gets off the ground. Read full book review >

SEAWARD by Brad Leithauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1993

"An honest failure by a true master: had Leithauser only tightened (and shortened) the plot he could have hit the mark, but he dawdles his way through and loses his chance."
Leithauser (Equal Distance, 1984; Hence, 1988) peers uncertainly into the more remote corners of the middle-class soul- -in this sadly prosaic account of grief and desire. Read full book review >
OPERATION WANDERING SOUL by Richard Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1993

"Mingling wisps of whimsy and a hard-edged, surgical view, this cuts deeply into the human condition—to a dark, profoundly troubled place where hope and despair exist side by side."
Childhood innocence—imperiled through the ages and nowhere more at risk than in the heart of modern Los Angeles—stands as the imposing theme of Powers's latest complex, wrenching saga. Read full book review >
LONG WAY FROM HOME by Frederick Busch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"At his best, Busch seems to press for new ways to register characters, their language, and their relationships—but his best shines out only fitfully in this murkily conceived fable."
Responding to a magazine ad that may have been placed by her biological mother, Sarah Barrett abandons her Bucks County family and runs slowly to disaster—in this sedate, ruminative thriller from Busch (Closing Arguments, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
LOVING DAUGHTERS by Olga Masters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"With echoes of The Rainbow and Women in Love, a proto-feminist take on the Australian outback early in the century: a book that Masters's fans will want to have."
The late Australian writer Masters's (The Rose Fancier, 1991, etc.) first novel, only now being published here: a Lawrentian-like opus about two sisters and a smitten reverend after WW I. Though a little rough around the edges, this first fiction powerfully predicts the biting, unforgettable work that was to follow. Read full book review >
STOLEN THUNDER by David Axton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"American— gives himself far too many pages to reach an outcome that will surprise no one."
A Cornish gentlewoman, her widowed, American father-in-law, a terminally ill cancer patient, a depressed fellow, and a boor steal a used B52 from a parking lot in Arizona—and take it to Libya to exercise a little personal diplomacy. Read full book review >
WINTER'S TALES by Robin Baird-Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

"Like the others, the general quality of these never-before- published stories is still high."
The eighth edition of this annual anthology is still cosmopolitan but also slighter and more meta-literary than previously. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD CATS by Michael Allen Dymmoch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1993

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 >