Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

BED-STUY IS BURNING by Brian Platzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Expertly paced, eminently readable, and a promising start."
The city is burning indeed in New Yorker contributor Platzer's debut novel, sometimes with fire and sometimes with much-compounded shame. Read full book review >
LIVING THE DREAM by Lauren Berry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Debut novelist Berry creates relatable characters who can laugh at themselves even when they fall down hard, but the gist of the book can be summed up when one of them approaches a problem by 'produc[ing] a piece of writing about it and put[ting] it all behind her.'"
Best friends, both creatives, keep their wine glasses at the ready as they try to make it big without selling their souls. Read full book review >

THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Stross still spins a heck of a yarn."
Stross' Laundry Files series, of which this is No. 8 (The Nightmare Stacks, 2016, etc.), is a weird but effective mashup of Lovecraft-ian horror, espionage thriller, science fiction, and satire, centering around a top-secret British government agency devoted to fighting "the sort of thing you expect to meet in an episode of The X-Files." Read full book review >
TELLING THE MAP by Christopher Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A clutch of complex, persuasive visions of an alternative South."
Kentucky gets dystopian—or just plain weird—in this debut collection of stories merging realism and science fiction. Read full book review >
A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"This bubbly blend of genre tropes has spirit and whimsy with some good pieces in place, but it doesn't quite deliver the goods."
Dru Jasper, a plucky sorceress who owns her own crystal shop in Colorado, finds herself in the middle of a plot involving undead slime, deadly sorcerers-only parties, and the end of the world in this peppy urban fantasy. Read full book review >

WHEN THE ENGLISH FALL by David Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A standout among post-apocalyptic novels, as simply and perfectly crafted as an Amish quilt."
When the going gets tough, the Amish get going. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVE by Brian Thiem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Part sequel, part remake of the hero's last case. It will be a distinct pleasure to see him move on to fresh targets next time."
Oakland PD Sgt. Matt Sinclair's third case awakens painful, and painfully specific, memories of his second. Read full book review >
TWO NIGHTS by Kathy Reichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Reichs' newest heroine, the polar opposite of cerebral Temperance Brennan (Speaking in Bones, 2015, etc.), is fueled by a well-nigh uncontrollable rage in her thrilling, violent search for a missing girl so much like herself."
A search for a missing girl resurrects traumatic memories for a woman already struggling with life. Read full book review >
BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slight but well-crafted and heartfelt effort."
Vaughn, who's competent in many subgenres, eschews werewolves (Kitty Saves the World, 2015), superheroes (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014), dragons (Refuge of Dragons, 2017), and spacefarers (Martians Abroad, 2017) for a smaller-scale story, an intimate post-apocalyptic mystery. Read full book review >
HELLO, SUNSHINE by Laura Dave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Nothing terribly fresh here, but it goes down easily."
A flashy heroine who falls from grace, a child who helps her regain perspective, an estranged sister to reconcile with, and a couple of handsome and successful male foils—this novel has all the ingredients of a tasty beach read. Read full book review >
DOWN A DARK ROAD by Linda Castillo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Castillo (Among the Wicked, 2016, etc.) once again weaves the particularities of the Amish mindset into a complex mystery that will leave you crying with pity or seething with rage."
A police officer who grew up Amish struggles to separate her past from the present. Read full book review >
MURDER IN MAYFAIR by D.M.  Quincy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Dashing and enjoyably melodramatic."
A gentleman traveler with a secret wound gallantly rescues a lady and uncovers the truth of a murder in Regency London. 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 >