Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

I'LL TAKE YOU THERE by Wally Lamb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"There's a novel in here somewhere, buried under film trivia, corny commentary, a convoluted premise, and a 17-page article about the Miss Rheingold contest."
An aging film scholar is visited by elegant Hollywood ghosts bearing interactive home movies of his childhood. Read full book review >
CONCLAVE by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An illuminating read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the Catholic Church; for prelate-fiction superfans, it is pure temptation."
Harris, creator of grand, symphonic thrillers from Fatherland (1992) to An Officer and a Spy (2014), scores with a chamber piece of a novel set in the Vatican in the days after a fictional pope dies. Read full book review >

Over the Edge by Meredith Wild
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A satisfying continuation that offers appealing characters and plenty of risqué action."
A provocative proposition leads to a tantalizing relationship in the third novel of Wild's (Into the Fire, 2016, etc.) romance series.Read full book review >
EXEMPLARY NOVELS by Miguel de Cervantes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Late works from a font of so much subsequent literature; essential for students of literary history."
Cervantes' follow-up to Don Quixote, retold for a new generation of readers. Read full book review >
ARCANUM UNBOUNDED by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"There are some standout stories here, but overall, it's more of a treat for superfans than a way for casual readers to dip into Sanderson's work."
A sprawling collection of mini-epic fantasies from genre stalwart Sanderson (The Bands of Mourning, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

STONE COFFIN by Kjell Eriksson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Eriksson's seventh (Black Lies, Red Blood, 2015, etc.) is full of twists, three-dimensional characters, quiet authority, and heart."
When a speeding car kills a young mother and daughter, complications indicate much more than a simple hit-and-run. Read full book review >
BONE AND BREAD by Saleema Nawaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An overload of material—and pages—obscures the sincere heart of this earnest story."
Two sisters—close when they were children but divided by pain and problems as they grew into adulthood—have struggled ceaselessly with the bonds that connect them. Read full book review >
STORM CELL by Brendan DuBois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Though the plot eventually bogs down in details of civic malfeasance, nobody is better than DuBois at kicking his reluctant hero into action or at rooting every complication in something that feels disconcertingly like the normal rhythms of life outside the justice system."
His 10th case drives a deep wedge—make that several wedges—between former government research analyst Lewis Cole and his long-standing comrade in arms Felix Tinios. Read full book review >
MOONGLOW by Michael Chabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A heartfelt but sodden family saga."
A faux memoir of the novelist's grandfather, whose life as an engineer, veteran, and felon offers an entree into themes of heroism and imagination. Read full book review >
THE MAYAKOVSKY TAPES by Robert Littell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Littell's mordent wit is perfectly suited to his melancholy tale, rich in dark imagery and razor-sharp dialogue."
From the reminiscences of four worldly women emerges a vivid portrait of the life and times of Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Read full book review >
Dying to Give by Gary B. Shelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"An often moving tale that humanizes the process of organ donation."
Shelly's (Discovering Computers, 2012, etc.) novel explores the quandaries of a family struck by unthinkable tragedy. Read full book review >
The Dead of August by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing."
A London obituary writer is called to the home of a reclusive artist with a mysterious agenda in Cacoyannis' debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >