Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE END WE START FROM by Megan Hunter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Prescient in its depiction of climate change-induced catastrophe and timeless in its cleareyed understanding of love, Hunter's tale gains impact from its plausibility."
A haunting take on modern disaster, this contemporary fable fuses the epic and the intimate, the semicollapse of society alongside the birth of a child. Read full book review >
FREYA by Anthony Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With its busy plot, its drinking and smoking, its crisp wit and contemporary soundtrack (Peggy Lee, 'Winter Weather,' etc.), Quinn's novel delivers evocative, high-quality entertainment that may well leave readers hoping for a sequel."
In 1950s England, an unconventional young woman develops her reputation as a bold journalist while cherishing—and sometimes forfeiting—a profound female friendship. Read full book review >

SOMEONE YOU LOVE IS GONE by Gurjinder Basran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A realistic and emotional exploration of grief."
A woman struggles to come to terms with the death of her mother. Read full book review >
THE AMBER AMULET by Craig Silvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Courage and imagination both shine out in this short tale from a Printz Honor winner, even if they are shadowed by audience issues. (Fiction. 10-12, adult)"
A neighborhood superhero discovers that great risk brings great rewards. Read full book review >
PURPLE PALETTE FOR MURDER by R.J.  Harlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Plenty of well-developed characters and a storyline that raises pointed questions about land use. But the stunning beauty of the Northwest Territory is the real star of the story."
A woman suffering from PTSD battles to clear her husband of a murder charge. Read full book review >

HEAVEN'S CROOKED FINGER by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"You won't put down this powerful and painful tale, the first in a planned series, until you've seen its unlikely hero explore all the avenues of love, hate, deception, and faith and unravel a gripping mystery."
A man whose whole life has been colored by the excesses of his father's execrable ministry tries to come to terms with his past. Read full book review >
MUCH ADO ABOUT MURDER by Elizabeth J. Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An enticing setting and diverse characters make this latest return to the Catskills a pleasure."
A Shakespearean theater group is rocked by a series of directorial changes. Read full book review >
THE INSIDE OUT MAN by Fred  Strydom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Deeply unsatisfying."
Blurring the lines between reality and insanity, this psychological horror novel from South African writer Strydom (The Raft, 2015) chronicles a struggling musician's descent into madness after agreeing to facilitate a rich man's unusual wish. Read full book review >
THE RUINED HOUSE by Ruby  Namdar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Consider yourself warned."
An elegant NYU professor at the peak of his powers and pleasures is reduced to a quivering puddle by a violent, unsought, yearlong spiritual awakening. Read full book review >
UNTIL THE LAST DOG DIES by Robert Guffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A clever concept that gets lost in a sea of farcical subplots and self-indulgent prose."
In this debut novel, a virus eradicates Americans' senses of humor as they prepare to elect the next leader of the free world. Read full book review >
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN by Neil Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories about AI, reinventing old tropes and making us revisit the eternal question of what it is to be human."
Clarke, the publisher of Clarkesworld magazine, compiles 27 tales of artificial humans and what we see of ourselves in them. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE WEB  by George  Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"More proficient than The Last Best Friend (reviewed below) but less distinctive; after the brilliantly overheated opening movement, the detection is strictly routine, with little to show at the appropriately inconclusive fade-out."
Poisoned Pen exhumes a 1976 novel by Sims (1923-99) as further evidence in support of the proposition that "life is an obstacle race with most of the obstacles grouped at the far end." 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 >