Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Tattoo artists will be interested in the as-if-born-in-fire origins of Lisbeth's body art, while fans of Larsson, while perhaps not thrilled, certainly won't be disappointed."
"First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge." Thus the ninjalike guiding ethos of Lagercrantz's (The Girl in the Spider's Web, 2015, etc.) latest installment in the Lisbeth Salander series. Read full book review >
THE ROMANOV RANSOM by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Cussler's plots sometime slip outside of the box of believability, but he's always entertaining."
Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna offered a mega-fortune in jewels while attempting to ransom Czar Nicholas II and his family from the Bolsheviks, but she certainly didn't expect those riches to finance a Nazi Fourth Reich. Read full book review >

WHITE DIALOGUES by Bennett Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A deft collection of spooky fables that pivots from classic stylings to postmodern irony."
Eleven eerie, dryly witty short stories by novelist Sims (A Questionable Shape, 2013). Read full book review >
AFFECTIONS by Rodrigo  Hasbún
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A one-sitting tale of fragmented relationships with a broad scope, delivered with grace and power."
A German family heads to Bolivia after World War II, sparking decades of internal strife amid political revolution. Read full book review >
ENIGMA by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A formulaic twofer combines some interesting philosophical questions with more familiar charges of Beltway corruption that could be ripped from the latest headlines."
Not one but two exciting new cases for Coulter's FBI (Insidious, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

BEACH, BREEZE, BLOODSHED by John Keyse-Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Although not as spectacular as his debut, the hero's first outing as a full-fledged constable offers more than its share of adventure."
Teddy Creque (Sun, Sand, Murder, 2015) continues his Caribbean crime-fighting career by investigating the death of a doctor on Virgin Gorda. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S THE HANGMAN'S SONNET  by Reed Farrel Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The convoluted plot entangles a remarkable number of suspects. If you think you've picked out the guilty party, you're probably right."
An upcoming birthday celebration sticks Paradise police chief Jesse Stone with a case that even Spenser, his private-eye counterpart in the late Parker's better-known franchise, couldn't solve. Read full book review >
MY HOUSE GATHERS DESIRES by Adam McOmber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An otherworldly collection of tales rich with mystery, suspense, and eroticism."
Fifteen ghost stories from historical fantasist McOmber (The White Forest, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
MELVILLE by Jean Giono
by Jean Giono, translated by Paul Eprile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"This isn't your typical fictionalized life of a writer—instead, it's an unexpected meditation on the convergence of two literary lives."
This lyrical novel reimagines Herman Melville's life and adds a hauntingly atmospheric spin. Read full book review >
AFTER THE FLARE by Deji Bryce Olukotun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An absorbing novel that explores a compelling, African-centered future world."
In a deceptively slim novel, Olukotun (Nigerians in Space, 2014) orchestrates a complex dystopian story about what happens when a massive solar flare damages electrical systems worldwide and leaves Nigeria with the only functioning space program on the planet. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF PERPETUAL LIGHT by Josh Weil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Weil's stories are engrossing, persuasively detailed, and written with a deep affection for the way language can, in masterful hands, convey us to marvelous new worlds."
A rich, often dazzling collection of short stories linked by themes while ranging widely in style from Babel-like fables to gritty noir and sci-fi. Read full book review >
DARK CHAPTER by Winnie M.  Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Li's offbeat crime novel is both a valuable social document and a riveting page-turner."
Inspired by true events in the author's life, this debut novel describes the rape of a young Taiwanese-American woman by a psychologically damaged Irish boy and the traumatic aftereffects of the attack. 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 >