Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE GENIUS PLAGUE by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Tonally the love child of Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Aldiss' SF classic Hothouse, this is a page-turner of the highest order."
When mycologist Paul Johns returns home to Maryland from the Amazon rain forest in Walton's (Supersymmetry, 2015, etc.) latest, he is a changed man. Read full book review >
THE DARK LAKE by Sarah Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A satisfying mystery novel with a relatable heroine, if not a revelatory one."
Police detective Gemma Woodstock works to solve the murder of a former classmate in Bailey's debut mystery. Read full book review >

DOGS AT THE PERIMETER by Madeleine Thien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A troubling, difficult read and a worthwhile addition to the growing body of work on the Cambodian holocaust."
Canadian Thien's second novel, newly released in the U.S. after Man Booker Prize finalist Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), moves between present-day Canada and Khmer Rouge-era Cambodia as it explores the cost of surviving a genocide. Read full book review >
WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ by David Wong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A frenetic, welcome return to Dave and John's grotesque but funny grindhouse nightmare."
Dave, John, and Amy are back to kick supernatural ass and chew bubble gum. And they're all out of bubble gum. Read full book review >
MALAGASH by Joey Comeau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Despite sympathetic characters and a crisp narrative style, Comeau's latest seems to defy innovation."
A young girl tries to cheat death with a computer virus. Read full book review >

THE PRAGUE SONATA by Bradford Morrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An elegant foray into music and memory."
A musical mystery set against the backdrop of a nation shattered by war and loss. Read full book review >
IN THE DISTANCE by Hernan  Diaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Not for the faint of heart, perhaps, but an ambitious and thoroughly realized work of revisionist historical fiction."
Violent, often surrealistic Wild West yarn, Cormac McCarthy by way of Gabriel García Márquez. Read full book review >
DUNBAR by Edward St. Aubyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, assured reminder that as flies to wanton boys are we to the gods—and that ain't good."
A brilliant reworking of William Shakespeare's King Lear for our day. Read full book review >
SPARKED by Helena Echlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh, enthusiastic, and wholly satisfying take on a familiar subgenre."
Teens with newfound powers may be the only ones who can stop an ancient evil from rising in Echlin (Gone, 2002) and Watrous' (If You Follow Me, 2010) supernatural mystery.Read full book review >
FRESH COMPLAINT by Jeffrey Eugenides
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Sprightly or serious, Eugenides consistently writes about complex lives with depth and compassion."
Well-off, well-intentioned people find their just-so lives upended, often in curious ways, in this first collection of short stories by Eugenides (The Marriage Plot, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
27 HOURS by Tristina Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An open, imaginative work of YA science fiction."
Human teens attempt to preserve their home on an alien world in Wright's YA debut. Read full book review >
MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Realistically detailed, poetically charged, and utterly satisfying: apparently there's nothing Egan can't do."
After stretching the boundaries of fiction in myriad ways (including a short story written in Tweets), Pulitzer Prize winner Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad, 2010, etc.) does perhaps the only thing left that could surprise: she writes a thoroughly traditional novel. 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 >