Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

GREEN ON BLUE by Elliot Ackerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Ackerman writes in a deliberately flat style that emphasizes personalities rather than military action—and he does justice to the political and moral difficulties of contemporary Afghanistan."
Set in contemporary Afghanistan, Ackerman's tale unfolds through the eyes of Aziz Iqtbal, a young man whose brother is wounded in the bombing of a bazaar—and who vows to get revenge.
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THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Karlsson's deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work."
Could a banal office act as an incubator of madness? That's the question posed in this provocative fictional debut by a prominent Swedish actor. Read full book review >

THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"In the wake of rage and sorrow, ordinary people respond by going crazy and screwing up. In this far-from-ordinary novel, Price/Brandt explores the hows and whys. Fasten your seat belt."
Old tragedies combine with fresh ones in Brandt's steely-jawed, carefully constructed procedural. Read full book review >
A TOUCH OF STARDUST by Kate Alcott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Well-crafted commercial fiction displaying intelligence and nuance as Julie ponders Hollywood's dizzying fantasy/reality disconnect."
Sticking to her formula of situating imaginary characters in historical events (The Daring Ladies of Lowell, 2014, etc.), Alcott sends her feisty heroine to observe the filming of Gone With the Wind.Read full book review >
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world."
In the last days of modern civilization, a young orphan from Boston makes her way across the dangerous wastelands of America. Read full book review >

It's Not About The Dog by Susan Taylor Chehak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An acerbic, stirring collection from a master of the craft."
Chehak (What Happened To Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime, 2014, etc.) returns to fiction with a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
THE UNFORTUNATE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTY by Amanda Filipacchi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Contrived, to put it mildly, but an unsettling portrait of the way extreme physical beauty or ugliness distort people's impressions."
Another surreal, dark comedy from Filipacchi (Love Creeps, 2005, etc.).Read full book review >
PLAGUE LAND by S.D. Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Sykes' debut, the first of a planned series, immerses the reader in the filth and ignorance of medieval Kent, presents a puzzling mystery and introduces a hero who grows in stature as his problems increase.
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In 1350s England, the bubonic plague has killed thousands and disrupted the feudal system.
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WHEN THE DOVES DISAPPEARED by Sofi Oksanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"Fascinating material that's marred by the lack of an angle or perspective."
The lives of three Estonians reflect their country's ordeal during and after World War II in the latest novel by this Finnish-Estonian author (Purge, 2010).Read full book review >
AMHERST by William Nicholson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Nicholson's (Motherland, 2013, etc.) parallel love stories hold classic appeal, while the historic aspects of the tale provide interest for those seeking 'the real story' of one of America's most revered poets."
Two love affairs, more than a century apart, are influenced by Emily Dickinson in novelist and screenwriter Nicholson's latest novel. Read full book review >
THE MARBLE ORCHARD by Alex Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A brilliant debut."
Short story writer Taylor's first novel is a hillbilly noir employing literary language to explore the dark corners of human frailty. Read full book review >
GUYS LIKE ME by Dominique Fabre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Fabre lacks the alchemy to make ordinary lives extraordinary."
A Parisian reflects on his life in this subdued mood piece from a prolific French author (The Waitress Was New, 2008).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >