Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE NEW WORLD by Chris Adrian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"People do a lot of weeping in this book. Maybe that's meant to compensate for its lack of emotional depth."
Imagine a more benign Brave New World yoked with a short love story from a New Yorker back issue.Read full book review >
RE JANE by Patricia Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"An enjoyable book offering a portrait of a young woman struggling to come into her own in the increasingly complicated opening years of a new century."
A young Korean-American woman grapples with issues of identity, family, and love in Park's debut novel, a sweet and savvy bildungsroman. Read full book review >

HUGO & ROSE by Bridget Foley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Despite a tendency to dwell on emotional explanations, Foley delivers a compelling tale."
A debut novel that uses the world of dreams to upend the life of an otherwise ordinary housewife. Read full book review >
VALLEY OF THE SHADOW by Ralph Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A superlative novel."
Those who enjoy Bruce Catton's and Shelby Foote's Civil War histories will find a fictional equal in Peters' retelling of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign. Read full book review >
A GOD IN RUINS by Kate Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"But do we really have just one life, as Ursula insists? It's a point worth pondering. A grown-up, elegant fairy tale, at least of a kind, with a humane vision of people in all their complicated splendor."
Fresh from the excellent Life After Life (2013), Atkinson takes another sidelong look at the natures of time and reality in this imaginative novel, her ninth.Read full book review >

THE CURSE OF ANNE BOLEYN by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Overly long, too convoluted, and populated by fight scenes that prove tiresomely detailed, this novel progresses in a zigzag pattern that readers will find confusing."
In this sequel to The French Executioner (2014), Humphreys mixes old world with new as the saga of Anne Boleyn's severed hand—and the power that's attributed to it—inspires court intrigue, star-crossed love, and witchcraft.Read full book review >
THE LADIES OF MANAGUA by Eleni N. Gage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"From the closely chaperoned lives of schoolgirls in 1950s New Orleans, where Isabela was a student, to the explosive insurrection of 1970s and '80s Nicaragua to the sniping artistic world of 2010s New York, Gage carefully and thoughtfully explores the social demands placed on women and the repercussions of submitting to or defying them."
An up-and-coming painter faces the collapse of her romantic life while repairing her neglected relationship with her mother. Read full book review >
THE GHOST NETWORK by Catie Disabato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Artistic ambition, cultural critique, and a revolutionary philosophy drive the mysteries underlying this complex, charismatic novel."
A probing investigation into the disappearance of a rising pop star and the subsequent death of an obsessive fan goes awry in this thrilling debut novel. Read full book review >
THE SUBPRIMES by Karl Taro Greenfeld
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Greenfeld has a tendency to lean toward parody in his satiric style, but here he employs enough authenticity to terrify, enough black humor to disarm the story's inherent pessimism, and a surprising admiration for faith in its myriad forms."
In a near future where the poor have been utterly undermined by the rich, a renegade emerges to champion the inherent good in people. Read full book review >
CHURCH OF MARVELS by Leslie Parry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Beautifully written, Parry's imaginative novel is most successful when exploring the limitations and complexities of gender and sexuality during its historical period."
In Parry's colorful debut novel, seedy corners of late 19th-century New York come alive—and no one is exactly who they seem to be. Read full book review >
THE VORRH by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Certainly unusual, sometimes powerful, this book nevertheless doesn't quite succeed thanks to its murky, roundabout plot and over-rich language."
A darkly imaginative story of magical realism set in and around a forest with mystical powers. Read full book review >
DEAD GIRL WALKING by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A complex back story and some awkward attempts to convey the magic of the lost singer's music make for a slow start. But Brookmyre (Bred in the Bone, 2104, etc.) builds momentum and combines the two distinct narrative voices in a clever duet."
A disgraced journalist and a young violinist seek a charismatic rock star in parallel quests. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >