Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

A CONTRIVED WORLD by Jung Young-Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A contrived world? A contrived book, though, if such a thing is wanted, an inducement to torpor and despair."
Does Korean literature have a slacker-novel genre? If so, here's its archetype. Read full book review >
THE ENCOUNTER by Gabriela Adamesteanu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"Layered, nuanced, and deeply allusive; readers without a grounding in recent Balkans history may miss some of the clues. The meaning of the story is clear enough, though, even if parts are opaque."
An exiled scientist returns home to a country that has forgotten him. Or has it? Read full book review >

SEPTIMANIA by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A thoroughly intellectual postmodern fable, wise yet melancholy, meant to be read slowly and savored."
In Levi's (A Guide to the Perplexed, 1992) long-awaited second novel, a failed Ph.D. candidate, expelled from Cambridge's Trinity College, learns he's king of Septimania, the land given to the Jews of eighth-century France by Charlemagne.Read full book review >
THE BUTCHER BIRD by S.D. Sykes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"The second in Sykes' fine series is a puzzling mystery with a surprise at the end, filled with historical detail and, in Oswald, a slowly growing force to be reckoned with."
A young lord with a reputation for crime solving is nearly overwhelmed by problems. Read full book review >
THE GILDA STORIES by Jewelle Gomez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"An interpretation of the vampire story that celebrates issues of race and sexuality but loses power to its inadequate writing."
This 25th anniversary edition relaunches Gomez's (Don't Explain, 1998, etc.) novel about an assumption-shattering woman who happens to be black, lesbian, and a vampire.Read full book review >

GARDEN LAKES by Jaime Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"An intriguing cross-section of loneliness and power in the world of boys and men."
Charlie Martens recounts an ill-fated high school program that haunts him into adulthood. Read full book review >
THE GOOD LIFE by Marian Thurm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"Thurm simultaneously creates and destroys a brightly detailed domestic world in this relentlessly paced, ultimately pitch-dark emotional thriller."
A happy family on vacation in Florida is revealed to be a ticking bomb. Read full book review >
FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2016

"A thriller that's a little too convoluted for its own good but succeeds at updating the Masters of the Universe mindset to the present."
In Hatch's debut novel, a Wall Street worker becomes the victim of an extortion scheme that ultimately forces him to confront his past. Read full book review >
MAISIE AT 8000 FEET by Frederick Reuss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Reuss has given us a fascinating novel about interesting people who become fully formed in his writing, but the story never quite does."
A middle-aged woman traces her father's past on foot, by car, and from the sky as she uses her ability to fly. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE IN THE CASTLE by Joan Aiken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Sprightly but brooding, with well-defined plots, twists, and punch lines, these stories deserve a place on the shelf with the fantasies of Saki (H.H. Munro), Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Susanna Clarke."
A welcome anthology of fantasy stories by a 20th-century master. Read full book review >
EAR TO THE GROUND by Paul Kolsby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A fast, high-spirited sendup."
Hollywood cashes in on the prediction of a catastrophic earthquake in this comic novel by LA insiders Ulin (Sidewalking, 2015, etc.) and Kolsby (a film and TV writer).Read full book review >
MOST WANTED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"The fairy-tale ending calls for some convenient coincidences and changes of heart, but Scottoline's legion of fans will be too relieved to object."
A Connecticut teacher's long-sought and hard-fought pregnancy turns into a nightmare when Scottoline (Corrupted, 2015, etc.) unleashes one of her irresistible hooks on her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >