Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

FITNESS JUNKIE by Lucy Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"You'll breeze through this one like you would a Saturday spin class with the most fabulous playlist and the promise of brunch cocktails after."
Unofficial rule of the New York fashion industry: if you must buy the bruffin, you absolutely cannot be seen eating said bruffin. Read full book review >
THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK by Ami McKay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A sprawling tale of persecution and hysteria set in the vivid world of New York City's Victorian era."
Old New York shows its magic and its darkness in McKay's (The Virgin Cure, 2012, etc.) latest novel. Read full book review >

DICHRONAUTS by Greg Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Hard to imagine much of an audience outside math brainiacs and Egan enthusiasts."
Egan (The Arrows of Time, 2014, etc.) specializes in inventing seriously strange worlds; this one might well be his weirdest yet. Read full book review >
PERISH FROM THE EARTH by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Enough historical accuracy to satisfy a Civil War re-enactor and enough courtroom proceedings to reveal the author as the Harvard-trained attorney that he is. A mystery for history buffs and legal eagles."
Kentucky gentleman Joshua Speed teams up with his friend Abraham Lincoln for the second time (These Honored Dead, 2016) to bring justice to a Mississippi riverboat in 1837. Read full book review >
BED-STUY IS BURNING by Brian Platzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Expertly paced, eminently readable, and a promising start."
The city is burning indeed in New Yorker contributor Platzer's debut novel, sometimes with fire and sometimes with much-compounded shame. Read full book review >

LIVING THE DREAM by Lauren Berry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Debut novelist Berry creates relatable characters who can laugh at themselves even when they fall down hard, but the gist of the book can be summed up when one of them approaches a problem by 'produc[ing] a piece of writing about it and put[ting] it all behind her.'"
Best friends, both creatives, keep their wine glasses at the ready as they try to make it big without selling their souls. Read full book review >
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Stross still spins a heck of a yarn."
Stross' Laundry Files series, of which this is No. 8 (The Nightmare Stacks, 2016, etc.), is a weird but effective mashup of Lovecraft-ian horror, espionage thriller, science fiction, and satire, centering around a top-secret British government agency devoted to fighting "the sort of thing you expect to meet in an episode of The X-Files." Read full book review >
TELLING THE MAP by Christopher Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A clutch of complex, persuasive visions of an alternative South."
Kentucky gets dystopian—or just plain weird—in this debut collection of stories merging realism and science fiction. Read full book review >
A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"This bubbly blend of genre tropes has spirit and whimsy with some good pieces in place, but it doesn't quite deliver the goods."
Dru Jasper, a plucky sorceress who owns her own crystal shop in Colorado, finds herself in the middle of a plot involving undead slime, deadly sorcerers-only parties, and the end of the world in this peppy urban fantasy. Read full book review >
WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL by David Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A standout among post-apocalyptic novels, as simply and perfectly crafted as an Amish quilt."
When the going gets tough, the Amish get going. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVE by Brian Thiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Part sequel, part remake of the hero's last case. It will be a distinct pleasure to see him move on to fresh targets next time."
Oakland PD Sgt. Matt Sinclair's third case awakens painful, and painfully specific, memories of his second. Read full book review >
TWO NIGHTS by Kathy Reichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Reichs' newest heroine, the polar opposite of cerebral Temperance Brennan (Speaking in Bones, 2015, etc.), is fueled by a well-nigh uncontrollable rage in her thrilling, violent search for a missing girl so much like herself."
A search for a missing girl resurrects traumatic memories for a woman already struggling with life. 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 >