Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

MARY POSER by Angel A.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"A few flaws but entertaining and romantic."
In A's debut novel, an update of Jane Austen's Persuasion, a Nashville woman struggles with perfectionism, attraction to a Hindu filmmaker, and an overbearing mother.Read full book review >
BLENDED NOTES by Lilah Suzanne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A witty, touching, nuanced—and very sexy—romance."
A country music star faces industry push back when his label disapproves of a love song written for his soon-to-be husband, and suddenly his career, his relationship, and his happiness seem shaky. Read full book review >

NOUMENON by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope, this is an expedition that delves as deep into the human thirst for purpose as it does into the wonders of the universe."
In Lostetter's ambitious debut, the year is 2088, and humankind is finally ready to explore deep space, preparing to send convoys of clones on eons-long missions to investigate the outskirts of the galaxy. Read full book review >
SWARM AND STEEL by Michael R. Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"It's not for the squeamish, but unique worldbuilding and a plot full of twisted reveals elevate the story somewhat from the typical grimdark offering."
A recovering sociopath struggles to destroy an evil religion she herself created in the third novel set in Fletcher's (The Mirror's Truth, 2016, etc.) Manifest Delusions universe. Read full book review >
CALL OF FIRE by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"An entertaining installment in a series that tackles an ambitious reimagining of history."
The second book in Cato's (Breath of Earth, 2016, etc.) historical fantasy series takes its tenacious heroine and her strange powers from San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

VISITATIONS by Lee Upton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2017

"Poignant, exquisite, and endlessly witty."
Upton's (The Tao of Humiliation, 2014, etc.) latest collection comprises stories inhabited by characters either entangled in classic literature or their own convoluted tales. Read full book review >
THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES  by Anna Smith Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Should appeal to grimdark fans looking for the extreme edge; others may well find it nasty, brutish, and not short enough."
Fantasy debut and first of a series from an author whose Twitter handle is @queenofgrimdark; it first appeared earlier this year in the U.K. Read full book review >
SLEEPING IN THE GROUND by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Robinson's interrogations, many of them conducted in pubs, have the rare quality of steadily illuminating and thickening both the speakers and their subjects. The result is a slow-burning intensity that deepens from beginning to end."
DS Alan Banks is snapped out of mourning his long-ago first love by a particularly nasty murder spree that interrupts the nuptials at St. Mary's Church. Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As the plot grows more complicated, it also sheds believability, leaving sex and witty banter to carry the day."
Brown (Mean Streak, 2014, etc.) ticks off the boxes that elevate her books to the bestseller lists in this sexy romantic thriller set in Texas. Read full book review >
CITY FOLK AND COUNTRY FOLK by Sofia Khvoshchinskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Set against a backdrop of the emancipation of the serfs, touching on the (assumed) backwardness of rural Russia and the role of its elite in political reform, the book at its heart is the story of two country women asserting their independence."
Russian author Khvoshchinskaya exposes class differences and hypocrisies in this rediscovered novel translated into English for the first time. Read full book review >
THE STONE SKY by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Painful and powerful."
Jemisin concludes her Broken Earth trilogy (The Obelisk Gate, 2016, etc.), about a vengeful Earth whose tectonic instability can be controlled by the despised and feared orogenes. Read full book review >
THE RAT CATCHERS' OLYMPICS by Colin Cotterill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"The 12th case for the irrepressible Laotian coroner (I Shot the Buddha, 2016, etc.) has a rambling plot but crackles with humor and overflows with eccentric characters. Droll chapter titles add an extra soupcon of mirth."
Cotterill's curmudgeonly coroner visits the Moscow Olympics, uncovering diverse dastardly deeds. 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 >