Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

OATH OF HONOR by Matthew Betley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Those thirsty for a storyline centered on sharp vengeance against America's most notorious nemeses will be satisfied with this novel."
Two former Marines pursue a nebulous enemy responsible for stealing American satellite technology. Read full book review >
THE TALKER by Mary Sojourner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Although the uplift can get heavy-handed, at her best, Sojourner (29, 2014, etc.) uses passion, high-energy storytelling, and unflinching empathy to break the reader's heart."
In this novella and seven stories set in the southwest, the mostly working-class characters struggle to rise beyond their pasts and their own worst tendencies with varying degrees of success. Read full book review >

A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Arlen (Death Sits down to Dinner, 2016, etc.) follows up on her two previous Downton Abbey-era tales with the requisite stately mansion and quirky dramatis personae, although this third entry feels more labored than cozy."
A compassionate countess and her levelheaded housekeeper brave the thorns among the roses at a horticultural house party. Read full book review >
SARATOGA PAYBACK by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Fans who come for the tangled, forgettable mystery will stay for the hero. The man's most mundane problems continue to be way more interesting than the criminal intrigues in which Dobyns (Is Fat Bob Dead Yet?, 2015, etc.) entangles him."
Shorn of the PI license and handgun permit that saw him through 10 variously loopy cases (Saratoga Strongbox, 1998, etc.), Charlie Bradshaw, whose business card now simply reads "Consultant," fights to get a piece of the action after he stumbles over a corpse outside his house. Read full book review >
A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An interesting World War II narrative is dragged down by a less-engaging present-day story."
A woman who can see ghosts becomes tangled in a mystery involving European war brides who crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary. Read full book review >

THE VINE THAT ATE THE SOUTH by J.D. Wilkes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Like Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro or Steve Earle's I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Wilkes' debut is a rich and heartfelt yarn that resonates as deeply as his music."
The epic saga of two Kentucky hillbillies in the wicked heart of the American South. Read full book review >
WHITE TEARS by Hari Kunzru
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A well-turned and innovative tale that cannily connects old-time blues and modern-day minstrelsy."
Record collecting turns dangerous in a smart, time-bending tale about cultural appropriation. Read full book review >
TEMPORARY PEOPLE by Deepak Unnikrishnan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An enchanting, unparalleled anthem of displacement and repatriation."
Guest workers of the United Arab Emirates embody multiple worlds and identities and long for home in a fantastical debut work of fiction, winner of the inaugural Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Read full book review >
NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A post-disaster fairy tale that's light on plot and heavy on improbable coincidences but a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future."
The Big Apple persists, despite climactic disasters that have flooded the lower floors of New York City's buildings and turned the metropolis into a so-called "SuperVenice." Read full book review >
PARALLEL LINES by Steven Savile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A potentially wonderful and ingenious idea that gets all gummed up in the execution."
A dying man stages a bank robbery in order to provide for his handicapped son in this intricately plotted heist story. Read full book review >
MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS by Owen Laukkanen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Laukkanen combines great storytelling with deep compassion for the underdog. Despite brief references to earlier cases, you can safely read the novels in any order."
The sixth fast-paced entry in the Stevens-Windermere crime-fighting series (The Watcher in the Wall, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >