Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

INFINITE GROUND by Martin  MacInnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Vividly suggestive and filled with haunting images, though probably best appreciated by readers with a strong taste for the avant-garde."
A missing persons case is merely the starting point for Scottish writer MacInnes' mind-bending debut, which takes impersonation, infection, and simulation as its metaphors for the unstable nature of reality. Read full book review >
THE DOLL'S ALPHABET by Camilla  Grudova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The effect of the absurd, unnatural, cruel, and unfair social rules in these stories is to cast light on how absurd, unnatural, cruel, and unfair the rules of contemporary society can be."
Short stories that combine steampunk imagery with absurdist fantasy to explore gender roles. Read full book review >

THE TIGER'S PREY by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A cyclone of nonstop action-adventure with enough swordplay and bodice-ripping to recall the Errol Flynn swashbuckler pirate movies of old."
Turning the time machine back to the 17th century, Smith (War Cry, 2017, etc.) shifts the Courtney family saga to Tom Courtney's battles with the British East India Company. Read full book review >
START WITHOUT ME by Joshua Max Feldman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A new recipe for turkey? Not quite."
It's Thanksgiving, and two 30-something strangers—"a couple of strays"—join forces to help each other survive the family dramas that lie ahead. Read full book review >
THE APPRAISAL by Anna Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This peppy thriller from Porter (Kasztner's Train, 2008, etc.) bursts with banter and tantalizes the reader with half-revelations and game-changing twists. Not a nail-biter but definitely a romp."
Verifying the authenticity of a controversial Titian proves a deadly assignment for a resourceful, and not entirely lawful, art appraiser. Read full book review >

KILLING SEASON by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The mystery, with a forgettable killer whose most serious threat against the hero is slashing his tires, gets buried in the coming-of-age story. If you want to spend 700 pages revisiting the normal yet fraught rituals of adolescent romance, though, here's your chance."
A curious stand-alone from the creator of Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker (Bone Box, 2017, etc.): a New Mexico teen tracks down clues in the rape and strangling of his older sister three years ago while he faces the pressure and angst common to all high school seniors. Read full book review >
DEEP FREEZE by John Sandford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"As so often in Sandford's small-town adventures (Escape Clause, 2016, etc.), the greatest pleasures here are incidental: clipped conversations, quietly loopy humor, locals mouthing off to and about each other. Pull up a seat, make yourself comfortable, and enjoy."
Virgil Flowers, of Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, works an altogether unremarkable murder and a surprisingly inventive case on the side. Read full book review >
RIGHTEOUS by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A thrilling follow-up to one of the more auspicious detective-series debuts in recent memory."
The game's afoot once again for 20-something genius sleuth Isaiah Quintabe, who has two cases to deal with: one leading him to mayhem in Las Vegas, the other to the man responsible for his brother's death. Read full book review >
IT DEVOURS! by Joseph Fink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A confident supernatural comedy from writers who can turn from laughter to tears on a dime."
A scientist and a man of faith must find common ground to save a friendly desert community in the American Southwest. Read full book review >
SMILE by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The understatement of the narrative makes the climax all the more devastating."
A return to form for the Dublin novelist, who illuminates the troubled psyche of a writer who can't quite bring himself to write. Read full book review >
ROSE & POE by Jack Todd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A sympathetic but slight fairy tale is overshadowed by its more nuanced forebear, The Tempest."
Innocence is savagely confronted by intolerance in a modern morality tale with classical roots. Read full book review >
A NATURAL by Ross Raisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This is a sensitive treatment of very different kinds of solitude and pain."
A closeted gay soccer player and an injured teammate's estranged wife offer an intimate picture of life in the lower reaches of professional British football. 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 >