Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

MR. ETERNITY by Aaron Thier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Erudite. Imaginative. A work to be read slowly and savored."
Thier (The Ghost Apple, 2014) sends Daniel Defoe, a 560-year-old Spaniard, wandering across centuries as the world wages wars, civilizations are raped, and human societies are swamped by global warming. Read full book review >
THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Full of memorable character portraits and incisive observations on wealth and social class, this stylish departure by the author of the long-running Jim Stringer series (Night Train to Jamalpur, 2014, etc.) is full of droll humor."
When a veteran detective is shot while on special assignment, uncovering the truth involves layers of deceit and secrets that might be best left unrevealed. Read full book review >

THRILL KILL by Brian Thiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"No surprises here, but Thiem's tough-but-tender hero's dedication to a routine so grueling it feels authentic puts the procedure back in procedural."
The second case for Oakland PD Sgt. Matt Sinclair (Red Line, 2015) hits a little closer to home than he'd like. Read full book review >
THE DAMASCUS THREAT by Matt Rees
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"This series kickoff by the author of the Omar Yussef thrillers (The Fourth Assassin, 2010, etc.) keeps the action and the close calls coming and tucks colorful characters into unexpected corners. Crackerjack entertainment, even if it mostly feels familiar."
In a race against the clock, an American special agent crisscrosses New York and travels to Syria to prevent a devastating chemical attack. Read full book review >
THESE HONORED DEAD by Jonathan F. Putnam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Putnam combines the historical fact of a lifelong friendship with lively fiction in a debut set on the edge of the American frontier."
A lovesick storekeeper and a newly minted Illinois lawyer pool their talents in a murder case. Read full book review >

THE WIDOWER'S WIFE by Cate Holahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The result is one of those rare thrillers that really will keep you reading all night, especially if you pack it to take on your next Caribbean cruise."
A dogged insurance investigator suspects that a perfect wife's accidental death was anything but. He doesn't know the half of it. Read full book review >
A MASQUERADE OF MUERTOS by Patrice Greenwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The late-blooming mystery runs a very distant second to the interesting and extremely detailed descriptions of artwork, costumes, and Santa Fe."
A group of goth friends plan a Halloween shindig that will turn out even more special than they can know. Read full book review >
SURVIVORS WILL BE SHOT AGAIN by Bill Crider
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The ambling plot makes room for a few sharp deductions and the usual mild humor—nothing to frighten the horses or raise fans' blood pressure."
A string of low-level burglaries plagues Blacklin County, Texas, spelling trouble for Sheriff Dan Rhodes and his deputies (Between the Living and the Dead, 2015, etc.) and two dead men. Read full book review >
WHEN WATCHED by Leopoldine Core
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Entrancing, subtle, and tragically poetic, this collection is an important contribution to queer literature."
New York-based author Core (Veronica Beach, 2015) has put together a striking debut collection of 19 short stories revolving around sexuality and city life. Read full book review >
MALAFEMMENA by Louisa Ermelino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Too cool for some readers; just right for others."
Edgy short stories about women in trouble abroad and at home from Ermelino (Joey Dee Gets Wise, 2015), the Reviews Director at Publishers Weekly.Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT MATTERS MOST by Ann Hood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Whether or not they think of themselves as bookish, readers of all stripes will enjoy cycling through these characters' lives and discovering their shared, mysterious past."
A mother and a daughter seek balance in their broken lives while books provide them with comfort, clarity, and clues to a mystery. Read full book review >
WAR AND TURPENTINE by Stefan Hertmans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Hertmans provides a richly detailed excavation of a life and a thoughtful exploration of familial memory. Not easy, but worth the effort."
Flemish author Hertmans' latest offers a grandson's often haunting reconstruction of his grandfather's life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >