Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

O FALLEN ANGEL by Kate Zambreno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Linguistically enthralling, this is a novel that will surely make you orbit into the ineffable."
A second edition of Zambreno's (Green Girl, 2014, etc.) 2010 debut novel takes its readers on a linguistic ride through an American family's breaking point. Read full book review >
THE WICKED CITY by Beatriz Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Even for a series launch, too much is left dangling."
The first volume of Williams' planned series introduces two women who occupy the same Greenwich Village apartment seven decades apart. Read full book review >

THE BELIEVER by Joakim Zander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Suspenseful and primed for Hollywood adaptation, this is escapist fiction at its best."
Zander's latest page-turning political thriller weaves three interconnected stories into a hypertopical tale of international intrigue. Read full book review >
EMPIRE GAMES by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An absorbing but ultimately underwhelming yarn that patiently builds on existing foundations without venturing a conclusion or even a cliffhanger."
Espionage and Cold War paranoia prevail as near-future governments in alternate timelines test one another's defenses and capabilities in this opening installment of a science-fiction trilogy and sequel to the six-volume Merchant Princes series (The Trade of Queens, 2010, etc.) Read full book review >
MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Reading far more like a book for young teenagers than one with a strictly adult audience, this easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."
Vaughn (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014, etc.) offers a stand-alone that finds a Martian colonist struggling to adapt to life on Earth. Read full book review >

THE RISING by Heather Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"With a good director, this could be the new Stranger Things, but on the page, it's bland."
A young man discovers his entire life has been a lie—he's really an alien!—in Graham (Darkest Journey, 2016, etc.) and Land's (Strong Cold Dead, 2016, etc.) sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF FIRE by Colin Thubron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Thubron isn't subtle in his themes or structure, but he intrigues with his many resonances and takes the reader on a journey through life's essential questions."
Flashbacks provide a glimpse of the lives of seven seemingly disconnected people who occupy an old British building in this engrossing novel by the celebrated travel writer. Read full book review >
LIKE DEATH by Guy de Maupassant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A finely shaded portrait of desire, will, and the complex entanglements of love, set against cutting social commentary from a realist master."
The psychoemotional precision of Maupassant in an elegant new translation by celebrated translator Howard. Read full book review >
HUMAN ACTS by Han Kang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A fiercely written, deeply upsetting, and beautifully human novel."
The brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy during the 1980 Gwangju Uprising becomes the connective tissue between the isolated characters of this emotionally harrowing novel. Read full book review >
THE FIRE BY NIGHT by Teresa Messineo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A vibrant telling of the nurses' nightmares during a brutal war."
Two army nurses, friends from training, endure the personal and professional insults of World War II. Read full book review >
FALLING INTO THE MOB by Steve Zousmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"This offer you can refuse."
A chance meeting on a commuter train gives a freelance speechwriter a chance to become a mob boss in this comic thriller. Read full book review >
MAN ON THE RUN by Carl Weber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A testosterone-driven tale of bromance and beautiful yet shifty women."
Jay Crawford has just escaped from a maximum security prison after serving 10 years for a rape he didn't commit. Now he's about to realize that life as a fugitive may put everyone he loves in danger. 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 >