Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

IMPERIUM by Christian Kracht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"To quote Kracht: 'quite literary but somewhat awkward.'"
Swiss writer Kracht's bestselling, experimental 2012 novel—based on the life of a real person—gets translated into English. Read full book review >
ALL THIS LIFE by Joshua Mohr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"Mohr's novel builds slowly, and his empathy for the majority of his characters shines through, allowing for a genuinely felt conclusion."
A tragic event on the Golden Gate Bridge brings together a bunch of disparate people, several of whom are reeling from earlier trauma. Read full book review >

LET ME EXPLAIN YOU by Annie Liontas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A tale of an immigrant family rendered with unusual care, though it strains too hard for depth at times."
A Greek immigrant in his sunset years takes out a lifetime's worth of frustrations on his three daughters in this seriocomic debut. Read full book review >
A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES by Patrice Kindl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"This airy soufflé of a tale, garnished with quirky charm, is an unmitigated delight from start to finish. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Several years after the events of Keeping the Castle (2012), the Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy has opened in the rainy hamlet of Lesser Hoo. The school's mission: to ready eight young ladies, ages 12 to 19, for the marriage market. Read full book review >
THE NEW WORLD by Andrew Motion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"More of a rough approximation than an imaginative penetration of the period."
Motion, the distinguished British man of letters, has retained the two principals of Silver (2012), his robust sequel to Stevenson's Treasure Island, but otherwise, this is a stand-alone frontier novel.Read full book review >

CONFESSION OF THE LIONESS by Mia Couto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015

"A haunting, ethereal flight of magical realism."
In the tiny village of Kulumani, the people struggle to keep themselves safe from a marauding band of lions. Read full book review >
PROPHETS OF ETERNAL FJORD by Kim Leine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2015

"A boreal classic in the making, brooding and memorable, reminiscent of James Houston's great novel The White Dawn in its narrative sweep and evocation of an unforgiving land."
A pensive, provocative, altogether extraordinary novel of a small-scale clash of cultures and its tragic consequences. Read full book review >
VANISHING GAMES by Roger Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2015

"An entertaining romp but from an author who's done more stylish work."
The brilliant criminal mind of Hobbs' debut, Ghostman (2013), returns to stake his claim to some precious gems—and potentially bigger game.Read full book review >
RODEO RANCH by Max Brand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"Brand's stock in trade is superlatives: every gunslinger is the fastest, every woman the most beautiful, every villain the blackest, every horse the finest mount imaginable. A quaint version of the king's English is respected throughout."
Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear for another two doses of thrills from monumentally prolific Western chronicler Brand (1892-1944) never reprinted since their first appearances in Western Story Magazine in 1923 and 1926.Read full book review >
BUELL by Wallace J. Swenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"A sturdy oater with more ambitious but less convincing psychopathological overtones."
It's 1873. A gunslinger thrown out of Fort Laramie hooks up with a veteran prospector and heads for the Idaho territory and adventure. Read full book review >
A, B, C by Samuel R. Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Delany's preface and afterword are substantial and enjoyable; far from being mere treats for the committed fan, they are fascinating in their own rights and offer some of the most interesting writing in the book."
A reissue of Delany's (Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, 2012, etc.) first three novels is accompanied by a new preface and afterword by the author that welcome the reader into the works and offer broader reflections on art, writing, and life.Read full book review >
NEMESIS by Catherine Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"The daring duo of Sherlock and Savich (Power Play, 2014, etc.) once again takes on assorted criminals in this wide-ranging thriller. Though Savich's thin case is a runner-up to Sherlock's high-profile investigation, it's the more interesting of the two."
Married FBI agents fight two vastly different criminals. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >