Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE JESUS COW by Michael Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Good fun abounds when JCOW Enterprises sets up business and Harley's life becomes 'a rough approximation of things hoped for.'"
In Swivel, Wisconsin, a cow named Tina Turner has birthed a calf with Jesus' image on its flank, "the standard doe-eye Lutheran hippie iteration." Read full book review >
MISLAID by Nell Zink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"A promising premise rendered in dispirited, disappointing prose."
New novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Wallcreeper (2014).Read full book review >

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SOPHIE STARK by Anna North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"An engaging exploration of what it takes to make art and, more importantly, what it takes to love those who make it."
When love and art collide in Sophie Stark's life, art always wins. Read full book review >
THE GRACEKEEPERS by Kirsty Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Logan delivers a haunting, spare, and evocative debut."
A beautifully strange debut novel that draws upon folklore of the Scottish west and the isles. Read full book review >
BOO by Neil Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Smith is often amusing in cute and clever ways, but there's a slyer, more satisfying humor in the twins Tim and Tom Lu, who owe something to Lewis Carroll's Tweedledum and -dee. The book's often earnest trip over the rainbow could have used more of that."
This first novel, a fugitive from the teen bookshelves, combines a school shooting and a whimsical afterlife in a touching tale of what friendship and growing up can mean. Read full book review >

THE KNOCKOFF by Lucy Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sykes and Piazza must be connected with most of Hollywood on social media; it won't be long before this story moves off the page."
The glamorous world of fashion is met with a tech invasion in this satirical novel by fashion editor Sykes and editor/journalist Piazza (Love Rehab, 2014, etc.) Read full book review >
THE MAINTENANCE OF HEADWAY by Magnus Mills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"Nearly flawless in its own unassuming way."
Set within the bureaucracy of the London bus system, Mills' slim novel fuses whimsy with warped logic. Read full book review >
WAR OF THE ENCYCLOPAEDISTS by Christopher Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2015

"That two different writers are at work is sometimes apparent but not bothersome given that two distinctive characters are in play, and the overall narrative's smart and entertaining."
Two "twentysomethings of early-millennium Seattle" take different paths to maturity in this likable, highly readable, double-bylined coming-of-age first novel. Read full book review >
Enough to Go Around by Tanya Savko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"A touching tale about life, death, family, and forgiveness."
In Savko's (Slip, 2010) emotional novel, an elderly mother and her middle-age children deal with the twists and turns of life in California in the late 1980s. Read full book review >
HURRY PLEASE I WANT TO KNOW by Paul Griner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although relatively simple in narrative structure, Griner's stories shine a glaring light on the complexities of human personality and family relationships."
Twenty-two stories ranging in length from a few paragraphs to 20 or so pages and in style from the freakishly absurd to the heartbreakingly realistic. Read full book review >
LIFE #6 by Diana Wagman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Although Wagman follows the contours of conventional midlife-crisis fiction with a too-easy ending, thoughtful references to Greek myth and musings on the nature of survival give the tale a darker, deeper hue."
In Wagman's latest (The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, 2012, etc.), a cancer diagnosis and faltering marriage cause a middle-aged woman to contact the lover she hasn't seen in years.Read full book review >
Walk-Up Music by Paul Watsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Refreshing poetry that has a little something for everybody."
Watsky (Telling the Difference, 2010, etc.) does the work of 10 poets in this excellent, slim collection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >