Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

THE LOST COUNTRY by William Gay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"Italicized flashbacks, stream-of-consciousness interludes, infidelities, prison breaks, murderous revenge, biblical language, and a deep kinship between the land and its inhabitants—Gay's novel is full-on Southern gothic and will delight fans of the genre."
A young drifter odysseys through the gothic menagerie that is rural Tennessee in Gay's (Little Sister Death, 2015, etc.) posthumously published novel. Read full book review >
UPSTAGED BY MURDER by C.S. Challinor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2018

"Challinor, who often modernizes and repurposes golden-age mystery ploys, this time takes the further step of recruiting the stars of those classic novels to help solve the case."
A night at the theater provides another retro puzzle for an amateur detective to solve. Read full book review >

LAST CALL by Paula Matter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2018

"Meantime, Matter's debut provides mystery lite and forgettable suspects but a heroine who's not only feisty, but sometimes downright funny as well."
A bartender at a Florida VFW post who's already been written up more than once for her bad attitude gets called out once again when she's suspected of murdering one of her customers. Read full book review >
TIME FLASH by Lana  Ayers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2018

"An entertaining, well-written tale offering intriguing speculations and a heroine of courage and determination."
In this sci-fi novel, an accountant aims to balance the books when a nefarious corporation's secret experiments leave her with an unusual side effect: time travel. Read full book review >
THE WORLD IS A NARROW BRIDGE by Aaron Thier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Successful as neobiblical allegory; as a novel, not so much."
At the dawn of the Trumpocalypse, a young couple embarks on a divine cross-country mission. Read full book review >

THE FATED SKY by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"The worst tendencies of white feminism—in space."
A female physicist journeys further into space in Kowal's (The Calculating Stars, 2018, etc.) sequel, set in an alternate version of the 1960s. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT FERRY  by Lotte Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Even the most ravenous appetites for more gruesome revelations about the Bosnian nightmare will be sated. Despite the weight of all this historical detail, the most powerful sequences are the very first and the very last, showing the slaughter on the canal and the final apprehension of the culprit."
A particularly horrific crime kicks off the fifth case for Detective Chief Superintendent Konrad Simonsen and the Homicide Department of the Copenhagen PD. Read full book review >
BUILT TO LAST  by Julie Ann Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Walker's popular Black Knights Inc. series ends its first chapter with another explosive, action-packed, not-to-be missed romantic adventure that includes a satisfying wrap-up and a hint at what comes next."
To keep the world safe, the undercover agent known as Angel has given up everything, including the only woman he ever loved. Now he's back in her orbit, completely unrecognizable, and still magnetically attracted to her. Read full book review >
BABY'S FIRST FELONY by John Straley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"A waggish, hallucinatory, blood-soaked demonstration of the maxims collected in the titular Baby's First Felony, a brief, fully illustrated do-it-yourself manual for stupid criminals that's helpfully appended after the judges' verdict on the hero."
After 17 years, Straley checks back in with Cecil Younger and the citizens of Sitka, Alaska, and finds them as wacky as ever and even more murderous—a description that applies this time to Cecil as well. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE FAMOUS by Caitlin Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"Half feminist comedy, half romance novel—a genre whose time has come."
A 19-year-old British rock critic contends with big egos, endless partying, a great love, and a sex tape in the 1990s. Read full book review >
THE CALCULATING STARS by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"While there's a fascinating alternate history here of humanity's quest for the stars, it could stand to be told with characters who are a little more human."
Veteran historical fantasist Kowal (Ghost Talkers, 2016, etc.) tackles an alternate history of the space race, in which a catastrophe necessitates an earlier reach for the stars—and the confrontation of gender barriers. Read full book review >
CITY OF LIES by Sam Hawke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2018

"A well-crafted debut with believable political intrigues, solid worldbuilding, and original characters."
A brother and sister trained from birth to protect their ruler find their skills—and their assumptions—tested in Hawke's debut novel. 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 >