Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

SEXUAL HEALING by Allison Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Little in the way of romance or plot, but readers who enjoy lots of raunchy sex with a confident and unapologetic female protagonist won't complain."
A classic Zane Presents novel with lots of steamy sex, complicated relationships, and over-the-top situations. Read full book review >
GHOST TALKERS by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A fascinating premise somewhat burdened by workaday execution and pat characterizations, but fans of Kowal's formula will be charmed."
The terrible death tolls of World War I are revisited in an alternate history where the spirits of the dead can be interrogated for valuable military intelligence in another historical fantasy from Kowal (Of Noble Family, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

THE OBELISK GATE  by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Stunning, again."
In the second of a trilogy (The Fifth Season, 2015) by the science-fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review, the latest in a series of apocalypses marches on. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The real-life events of the War of the Currents are exciting enough without embroidery. Still, readers who care more about atmosphere than accuracy will enjoy this breezy melodrama."
The great tech innovators of the '90s—that's the 1890s—posture, plot, and even plan murder in this business book-turned-costume drama. Read full book review >
INVASIVE by Chuck  Wendig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Another rip-roaring, deeply paranoid thriller about the reasons to fear the future."
The world teeters on the brink of destruction once more in this spiritual sequel set in the same world as Wendig's wetwork horror story Zer0es (2015). Read full book review >

ROB THY NEIGHBOR by David  Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A little mystery and a lot of mayhem keep the pot boiling in another wild tale of former military men putting their skills to good use in civilian life."
Albuquerque is as dangerous as Afghanistan for two Army buddies. Read full book review >
And Wind Will Wash Away by Jordan A. Rothacker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A penetrating, provocative tale of a detective who psychoanalyzes as often as he investigates."
An Atlanta detective, hoping to explain his mistress's fiery death, dives into a world rife with strange religious beliefs in Rothacker's (The Pit, and No Other Stories, 2015, etc.) unconventional thriller.Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE HEIST  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A breezy romance that may appeal to summer readers looking for sexy sun and fun rather than depth or intricacy of plot."
With a cache of stolen diamonds at stake, two strangers-turned-lovers and investigative partners discover that the fun may be over when their trust in each other is tested. Read full book review >
IN THE BARREN GROUND by Loreth Anne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While a bit light on the romance, the complex, absorbing, and unpredictable plot makes this novel a good attempt at mixing genres."
A brutal mauling of two graduate students in the Canadian Arctic forces a police officer escaping her past to seek help from a pilot with questionable ethics. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN AGE by Joan London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Every character, however minor, comes to life in these pages. Like her fictional pianist, London is a virtuoso."
Award-winning Australian author London (The Good Parents, 2008, etc.) illuminates lives touched by polio and World War II in her third novel, set in a convalescent home in Perth. Read full book review >
LOVE HER MADLY by M. Elizabeth Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A novel that could have worked if the psychology (and personalities) had more depth."
In Lee's debut thriller, three self-centered college students become tangled in a love triangle that ends in tragedy. Seven years later, the survivors realize that the past rarely stays in the past. Read full book review >
RISE THE DARK by Michael Koryta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Again proving himself one of today's top thriller writers, Koryta creates edgy suspense not with trickery but with characters who test the limits of their courage."
Having escaped certain death in Indiana's scariest caves in Last Words (2015), private investigator Mark Novak returns to his old haunts in Montana in pursuit of the man who murdered his wife in Cassadaga, Florida—a strange town known for its psychics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >