Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

FORGOTTEN WORLDS  by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Patchy but overall a notch above mediocre. Fans of the previous should be happy enough."
Second installment of Clark's military space opera (Forsaken Skies, 2016); as Earth's space navy battles predatory interstellar "polys" (mega-corporations), alien robots threaten everybody. Read full book review >
THE REVOLUTION OF THE MOON by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A European historical footnote becomes a contemporary morality tale and a small, touching act of homage."
In a tragicomic parable of justice based on a true episode, the corrupt 17th-century power brokers of Sicily meet their match in a canny, revenge-driven female viceroy. Read full book review >

THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Formulaic plot aside, worth reading for the period detail and the evocative prose."
Shreve's latest takes on natural disasters, public and private. Read full book review >
STOCKHOLM DELETE by Jens Lapidus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A murky, repetitious, grueling dip into a sink of iniquity as immersive as a weeklong Berlitz seminar in crime that turns out to be a paean to loyalty in all its improbable guises."
The author of the Stockholm Noir trilogy (Life Deluxe, 2014, etc.) uses a violent but enigmatic crime scene as the entrée to layer upon layer of criminal intrigue, past, present, and future. Read full book review >
A LINE MADE BY WALKING by Sara Baume
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A cleareyed, beautiful rendering of a woman struggling against despair."
Frankie, a young artist living in Dublin, has a breakdown and goes to live in her recently deceased grandma's bungalow. Read full book review >

THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA by Michael Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Though Callahan's heroine achieved what many could only dream of, she lacked the capacity to define her own life as a 19-year-old. Luckily, the novel offers her time."
A young woman feels the heavy burden of a coveted crown. Read full book review >
ENDGAME by Ahmet Altan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A gripping existential thriller in the vein of Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games (2006)."
A jaded crime novelist retires to a Turkish village on the brink of civil war. Read full book review >
MAD COUNTRY by Samrat Upadhyay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brilliant but accessible gems of short fiction."
Seven stories and a novella by a Nepali author who explores universal themes of envy, racism, political power, and disappointment in love with subtle and persuasive power. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN LEGEND by Nadeem Aslam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Brooding and beautiful: a mature, assured story of the fragility of the world and of ourselves."
"This world is the last thing God will ever tell us": an aching, lyrical story of schisms and secrets in present-day Pakistan. Read full book review >
MY CAT YUGOSLAVIA by Pajtim Statovci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Allegorical but matter-of-fact: a fine debut, layered with meaning and shades of sorrow."
Winner of Finland's highest literary honor for best debut novel, an elegant, allegorical portrait of lives lived at the margin, minorities within minorities in a new land. Read full book review >
ARARAT by Christopher Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A thriller with an intellectual bent, Golden's latest effort ruminates on the nature and existence of good and evil while providing the chills and tingles fans of this prolific author have come to expect."
Far up on Turkey's Mount Ararat, buried within it like a cave, explorers discover the remains of a ship they think may be Noah's Ark. After they open an odd sarcophaguslike container and mess around with the horned cadaver inside, evil happens. Read full book review >
WHAT'S BECOME OF HER by Deb Caletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A darkly enchanting romance sinks into a thrilling cat-and-mouse game."
When charismatic, brooding aspiring poet and Edgar Allan Poe aficionado Henry North arrives on Parrish Island, Isabelle Austen is smitten. But Henry comes bearing secrets that may spell Isabelle's death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >