Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

MONTREAL NOIR by John McFetridge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Whether it's the quirkiness of the characters, the ingenuity of the puzzles, or the big hearts inside some of the darkest villains, noir's different north of the border. Here's hoping readers will say 'Vive la difference.'"
"Montreal has always been a popular destination for Americans," write McFetridge and Filippi, "though it's definitely nothing like America." These 15 new stories celebrate the differences between us and our northern neighbor. Read full book review >
THE SORCERER'S APPENDIX by P.J. Brackston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This fourth series entry features a resourceful but not entirely lovable heroine, zany secondary characters, and the tendency to go for cheap laughs. Still, give Brockton (The Fickle Mermaid, 2016, etc.) high marks for creativity."
A brother and sister of fairy-tale fame stumble from one complication to another in their search for a missing magician. Read full book review >

RADIO FREE VERMONT by Bill McKibben
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A timely yarn that, though a little obvious and a little clunky, makes for a provocative entertainment."
What if they gave a secession, and everybody came? Eco-activist McKibben (The Age of Missing Information, 1992, etc.) tries his hand at fiction, to mixed results. Read full book review >
THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD by Alejo Carpentier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A stirring, surrealistic, and blood-soaked journey into a dark historical moment."
A coruscating and influential tale of the brutal aftermath of Haiti's liberation. Read full book review >
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"We'll give Gardner's narrator the last word on this terrific superhero adventure: 'Spectacularity ensued.'"
The origin story of badass Canadian superheroes fated to defend humanity against a dark scourge. Naturally. Read full book review >

THE OVERNEATH by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A masterful collection from a short story master—a must-read for Beagle fans."
Beagle's latest collection of short stories includes 13 fantasy gems and features many previously uncollected and never-before-published works. Read full book review >
THE AUSTEN ESCAPE by Katherine Reay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Thoughtful escapism."
An engineer at a crossroads gains clarity about her past and information about her future on a Jane Austen-themed vacation in Bath, England. Read full book review >
COLLISION by Merle Kröger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A shipboard thriller with multiple voices, if sometimes a too-similar tone."
A boat full of refugees approaches a cruise ship in the Mediterranean, exposing layers of different experience from bridge to steerage. Read full book review >
DISPLACED by Stephan Abarbanell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Well-intentioned and instructive but short of thrills."
A post-World War II thriller from an unusual perspective. Read full book review >
TRESPASS by Anthony J. Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"This detective novel about the inescapability of history is itself trapped in the past of the genre."
A kidnapping case in Northern Ireland threatens to unearth long-buried secrets. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW DISTRICT by Arnaldur Indridason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With minimalist prose, Indridason skillfully weaves the present-day murder with the past in this classic whodunit that ends with a satisfying and logical resolution."
A retired detective discovers a puzzling link between the death of a 90-year-old man and the murder of a young woman in Reykjavík during the American occupation in 1944. Read full book review >
SOMEONE TO WED by Mary Balogh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"In the author's familiar meditative style, the novel demonstrates how family ties can be forged by patient and persistent devotion in marriage."
A financial exchange turns into quiet passion as a scarred heiress and a down-at-the-heels aristocrat fall in love after their wedding. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >