Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

THE STRANGE AND TRUE TALE OF HORACE WELLS, SURGEON DENTIST by Michael Downs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2018

"Downs succeeds in crafting a fast-paced narrative full of humor, vivid description, and lively characters. A few too many tangents and point-of-view shifts make it a more arduous journey than it might have been."
Downs' debut novel dramatizes the life of Horace Wells, a mid-19th-century Connecticut dentist on a quest to eliminate pain. Read full book review >
THE CROOKED STAIRCASE by Dean Koontz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"The third book in Koontz's lively series tends to rehash scenes from the first two, but it's still an absorbing thriller full of fresh touches."
Former FBI agent Jane Hawk continues her no-holds-barred campaign against the mind-control conspiracy that caused the suicide of her decorated Marine husband. Read full book review >

BELLY UP by Rita  Bullwinkel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"While the shortest pieces in the book can be frustratingly oblique, when Bullwinkel gives herself a larger canvas to dive into the grief and panic of characters caught between one thing and another, her stories approach brilliance."
Characters obsess over physical and emotional metamorphoses in this debut collection. Read full book review >
MOURNING by Eduardo Halfon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his grandfathers, who outlived the horrors of the Holocaust but not its searing emotional aftereffects."
In his latest autobiographical novel to be translated into English, Guatemalan native Halfon's same-named alter ego continues his far-flung travels to probe hidden family truths dating back to Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >
BLOOD ORBIT by K.R. Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"This novel is powered by a focus on highly detailed police-procedural elements but lacks significant emotional connectivity."
A smooth blend of science fiction and police procedural, this novel is set on the corporate-owned planet of Gattis and revolves around an idealistic young cop and a cybernetically enhanced inspector faced with solving a mass murder that, if left unresolved, could trigger a bloody revolution. Read full book review >

LOST EMPRESS by Sergio de la Pava
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A whirling vortex of a novel, confusing, misdirecting, and surprising—and a lot of fun."
If Thomas Pynchon and Elmore Leonard had conspired to write North Dallas Forty, this might be the result: a madcap, football-obsessed tale of crossed destinies and criminal plots gone awry. Read full book review >
THE SCIENCE OF LOST FUTURES  by Ryan Habermeyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A disturbing blend of fairy tale and Freudian strangeness which comments on the outlandish fatalism of the American myth."
A debut collection melds the European fairy tale with the American yarn into an assemblage of accidental magic, frustrated metamorphoses, and chance meetings with a bewildered divine. Read full book review >
LAND MAMMALS AND SEA CREATURES by Jen Neale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A mysterious and unsettling debut touching on grief, mourning, environmental calamity, and the healing potential of friendship."
More than 25 years after serving in the Gulf War, Marty Bird still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Read full book review >
THE MERCY SEAT by Elizabeth H. Winthrop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Though ambitious in its goals, the book stumbles, causing Willie and his family to suffer more than they already have."
The imminent execution of a black man shows the level of injustice a town's white residents are willing to endure in this historical novel inspired by real events. Read full book review >
THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Another satisfying summer read from the queen of the beach."
A single-mom lawyer takes on the case of a mysterious elderly woman in this novel full of friendship and nostalgia. Read full book review >
THE OTHER LADY VANISHES by Amanda Quick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Strictly phoned-in thrills."
Second in Quick's (The Girl Who Knew Too Much, 2017, etc.) series of thrillers about 1930s Tinseltown. Read full book review >
DEATH RIDES THE FERRY  by Patricia Skalka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"Music lovers will join outdoor enthusiasts in welcoming Skalka's third Door County entry."
Death stalks a classical music festival in a remote Wisconsin venue. 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 >