Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

TITANS by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Emotions bubble up to the surface, but Meacham doesn't quite drill to the source, making an impressive dig into turn-of-the-century Texas come up empty."
Lies, betrayal, and black gold seep through this epic saga of separated fraternal twins who are reunited at the dawn of the oil boom in early 1900s Texas. Read full book review >
A SHADOW ALL OF LIGHT by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Given Chappell's stellar reputation as a fantasist, more than a little disappointing, although readers who enjoyed the magazine stories will dive right in."
A picaresque, Italianate shadow-magic story sequence—several elements of which have previously appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine—from poet and fantasist Chappell (Dagon, 1968, etc.).Read full book review >

POISONOUS by Allison Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"This novel, aptly named, won't win Brennan new fans but will doubtless please established ones."
Brennan (No Good Deed, 2015, etc.) trots out her newest character, muckraking investigative reporter Maxine "Max" Revere, who's back in California to solve another crime.Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE HOUR by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Whatever else you can say about appealing Penny, she doesn't let romance distract her from her search for a killer. Information about appraisals and local color enhance the story's charm but fail to make it very mysterious."
Murder is an unintended consequence when Antiques Cymru comes to a Welsh town.Read full book review >
DOWN THE DARKEST STREET by Alex Segura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Pete's second case may not tempt fans of either."
Journalist Pete Fernandez (Silent City, 2016) hits rock bottom when he confronts a serial killer. Read full book review >

KING MAYBE by Timothy Hallinan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Junior's sixth sense keeps warning him that he's being set up, and it's on the money every single time. Fans who don't mind his ritualistically repeated failures will eat up his adventures among Hollywood types whose moral senses are even more primitive than his."
This fifth larcenous adventure for Junior Bender (Herbie's Game, 2014, etc.) is aptly described in the closing Author's Note as "a show-business book that [is] essentially all burglaries. Plus Suley."Read full book review >
BARDO OR NOT BARDO by Antoine Volodine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Funny, humane, and sympathetic to the silly creatures we humans are. The Dalai Lama himself would probably approve."
Ever goofy, ever surreal French novelist Volodine (Post-Exoticism in Ten Lessons, Lesson Eleven, 2015, etc.) rewrites the rules of Tibetan Buddhism, using characters that might have been drafted from the second string of Waiting for Godot.Read full book review >
THE BED MOVED by Rebecca Schiff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Schiff's startlingly honest, deliciously wry stories herald the arrival of a beguiling new talent."
A talented young writer explores sex, death, and family relationships in this spare, enticing story collection. Read full book review >
UNDONE by John Colapinto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A well-machined page-turner that brings some smarts to a touchy subject."
A bestselling author is caught in a web of psychological manipulation, sexual taboo, and financial ruin. Read full book review >
MOVIE STARS by Jack Pendarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"There are ghosts, too. At least, they seem like ghosts. Maybe they're just wacky neighbors."
This collection of droll, wicked, and sometimes painfully funny stories, pastiches, and comic interludes could more appropriately have been titled something like "Stellar Screw-Ups On Parade." Read full book review >
AN HONORABLE MAN by Paul Vidich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Dead-on Cold War fiction. Noir to the bone."
A moody debut spy novel inspired by real events. Read full book review >
MOUNT PLEASANT by Patrice Nganang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"An elegantly drawn and engaging world of a sort unknown to most readers—but one they'll be glad to have visited."
Cameroonian writer Nganang delivers a modern epic, tinged with liberal doses of magical realism, of life in his country's colonial era. 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 >