Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

VIENNA by William S. Kirby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Borrowing loosely from Conan Doyle, with Vienna's Holmes-ian mind and a plot similar to 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons,' Kirby crafts an entertaining if sometimes-meandering tale."
A chance—or is it?—meeting in a Brussels club leads to a strange love affair between two women as the pair is plunged into a trans-European treasure hunt. Read full book review >
HOLLOW MAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"In a departure from his Hugo Marston series (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), Pryor has produced an audacious stand-alone that dares the reader to sympathize with a coldblooded killer whose lack of empathy allows his cunning to run free."
Austin's music scene provides the backdrop for a creepy psychological thriller. Read full book review >

THE MAN IN A HURRY by Paul Morand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A compulsive traveler himself, Morand may have found this vicarious exercise in unfettered movement an amusing way to pass the time amid the constraints of war and occupation, but it's not an easily shared pleasure."
Sometime after World War I in France, a compulsively restless antiquarian plies his trade, marries, and contemplates fatherhood in this modern fable. Read full book review >
DARK PLACES by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Once again, Wortham supplies something for everyone—especially fans of summer movies who love chase sequences so much that they don't care who's chasing whom."
1967: a fifth trip back to Center Springs, Texas, focuses on one regular's attempt to bust out of the place for good. Read full book review >
NEVER LOOK DOWN by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Alternating between Cal's first-person narrative and the third-person story of Kelly, Easley (Dead Float, 2014, etc.) keeps the story simple and easy to unravel while engaging readers in more long-term relationships with the characters."
A do-gooder lawyer wants to track down the sole witness to the murder of a friend's fiancee before the friend takes matters into his own hands. Read full book review >

SUPERSYMMETRY by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive. Just pay no attention to the wobbling scenery."
Second part of the science-fiction/thriller duology following Superposition (April 2015). Read full book review >
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Think Agatha Christie writing Shogun—Hart's captivating debut has solid cross-genre appeal."
Part mystery, part exploration of a culture fading into history's shadows, Hart's novel is a fascinating, intelligent debut. Read full book review >
THE BLUE BETWEEN SKY AND WATER by Susan Abulhawa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While a folk tale-like spirituality infuses the storytelling, readers' enjoyment will mostly depend on how they react to Abulhawa's violently anti-Israel and slightly milder anti-American perspectives."
Abulhawa (Mornings in Jenin, 2010) mixes magical realism, family melodrama, and politics in her storytelling about several generations of Palestinian women trying to survive in Gaza before and during the Israeli occupation. Read full book review >
THE SOLOMON CURSE by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Cussler and Company continue the winning formula, and this jungle episode, featuring exotic locales and an interesting back story, will satisfy the cravings of every fan."
"There was no such thing as an honest fortune," Sam and Remi Fargo are reminded as they undertake another treasure-hunting adventure in Cussler's (The Eye of Heaven, 2014, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
MY PULSE IS AN EARTHQUAKE by Kristin FitzPatrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"With nimble structuring and evocative prose, FitzPatrick's pleasingly cohesive collection offers as many artful callbacks and codas as dazzling explorations of emotional vacancy and rebirth."
FitzPatrick's debut collection is a stunning and intricately woven group of short stories exploring the topic of grief. Read full book review >
PAULINA & FRAN by Rachel B. Glaser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A rare novel that focuses its attention on the difficulties of repairing adult friendships, with a fun setting and a bold cast of characters to lighten the mood."
Poet and short story writer Glaser's (MOODS, 2013, etc.) debut novel tells the story of a passionate friendship between two art students. Read full book review >
WOMAN IN BATTLE DRESS by Antonio Benítez-Rojo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweeping, if flawed, historical novel."
The final novel from Cuban writer Benítez-Rojo (1931-2005) is a grand historical work about the kind of woman history often ignores. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >