Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

BEDFELLOW by Jeremy C. Shipp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A seriously weird—and impressively inventive—story that, while flawed, is delightfully disturbing."
The latest novel from Shipp (The Atrocities, 2018, etc.) is a creepy fusion of dark fantasy and psychological horror about an intruder who breaks into a family's home and begins perverting their memories with insidious subtlety. Read full book review >
SEVENTEEN by Hideo Yokoyama
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A pleaser for fans of yarns about and by gumshoes on deadline, from All the President's Men to Michael Connelly's hard-boiled Harry Bosch novels. Maybe not a book to take along on a flight, though."
Japanese mystery novelist Yokoyama (Six Four, 2017) delivers a terse tale of journalism and tragedy. Read full book review >

A LADDER TO THE SKY by John Boyne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Boyne's singular villain and well-sustained tension merit a good audience."
An all-consuming ambition to be a successful writer drives a young man down unusual paths to literary acclaim in this compelling character study. Read full book review >
WE CAN SAVE US ALL by Adam Nemett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A timely fable of generational angst armed with that old punk ethos: no future."
Hey, what if a book was like Fight Club (1996) but instead of fights, everyone takes a heroic dose of drugs and plays superhero? Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF SAND  by Tasha Suri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A very strong start for a new voice."
A woman confronts the evil at the source of a powerful empire in this fantasy debut that draws from the history and culture of India's Mughal Empire. Read full book review >

VITA NOSTRA by Sergiy  Dyachenko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Although it fits squarely in the popular school-for-magicians genre, this dark, ambitious, and intellectually strenuous novel will feel like a fresh revelation to fantasy readers glutted with Western wish-fulfillment narratives."
Punishingly intense academic pressure transforms a university student into a transcendent being in this harrowing fantasy novel by a married Ukrainian couple, the first in a trilogy. Read full book review >
THE WINTER BEES by Jill Kalz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Simple and unpretentious in its portrayal of small-town life."
Short stories explore the lives and relationships of residents of a small Minnesota town. Read full book review >
LIMETOWN by Zack Akers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Riding the trend of podcasts being turned into print books, this material loses something in the translation. But its family themes come across strongly and at time affectingly."
Future public radio reporter Lia Haddock, 17, delves into the past to try to explain the bizarre disappearance of over 300 people from a Tennessee research center—possibly including her rarely talked about uncle Emile. Though this book is a prequel to the podcast of the same name, it can be read independently. Read full book review >
THE APRIL 3RD INCIDENT by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Knowing the writer Yu has become, it's interesting to look back at his work when he was at his fiercest."
Seven dark, challenging short stories written from 1987-91, in the wake of China's Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF MIRACLES by Elizabeth Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Psychological realism sacrificed on the altar of niceness."
Berg's sequel to TheStory of Arthur Truluv (2017) checks in with Arthur's friends, neighbors, and beneficiaries. Read full book review >
LATE AIR by Jaclyn Gilbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A carefully plotted and cautiously hopeful novel about ties that outlast marriage."
Gilbert's elegiac first novel traces the aftershocks of a tragedy decades in the past on a marriage that has since dissolved. Read full book review >
MUCK by Dror Burstein
Kirkus Star
by Dror Burstein, translated by Gabriel Levin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Israeli novelist Burstein's audacious reimagining of events leading to the siege of Jerusalem is a dazzling and dizzying triumph."
Set in Jerusalem in neither the biblical past nor the politically inflamed, gas-mask present but an eerie projection of one over the other, Burstein's novel centers on the persecution of the poet/prophet Jeremiah for warning of the city's destruction. 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 >