Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

The Making of Bhishma by Kamesh Ramakrishna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A unique, entertaining attempt to reconcile the ambiguities of an ancient myth with its archeological record."
In this debut installment of Ramakrishna's retelling of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, warrior Devavrata Bhishma recounts a long road of intrigues and misunderstandings that led to his renunciation of a crown and the eventual eruption of a war. Read full book review >
Prophet of Loss by Kennedy Weible
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An often striking account of religious opportunism."
In this drama, a charismatic cult leader exploits a downtrodden family. Read full book review >

THE CHEMIST by Stephenie Meyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rated B for badass."
A professional torturer on the run from her employers falls in with sexy twin brothers. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF WHAT WAS LOST by James Islington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A promising page-turner from a poised newcomer who's well worth keeping tabs on."
This doorstopper epic fantasy and trilogy opener was originally self-published in 2014. Read full book review >
THE PUSHCART PRIZE XLI by Bill Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"There's something for everyone here, and anyone with an interest in contemporary letters will want to see the venerable Pushcart's picks."
Forty-one and counting: the latest installment of the literary prize volume delivers, as ever, with abundance and occasional splendor. Read full book review >

A FINE HOUSE IN TRINITY by Lesley Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Told in a series of flashbacks and fast-forwards, Kelly's tartan noir debut is less a mystery than a shaggy dog story with a hero well worthy of the starring role."
A ne'er-do-well Scot inherits a mansion. Read full book review >
SUDDENLY DATING by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"London takes a meet-cute hook and leverages it into an exploration of risk and fear, masks and vulnerability, and ultimately the redemptive power of friendship and love."
When Lola and Harry are each offered the use of a gorgeous lake house by different friends in the middle of a contentious divorce, they warily decide to share the space in order to pursue their dreams, but their hostile start slowly morphs into a life-altering relationship. Read full book review >
ORPHANS OF THE CARNIVAL by Carol Birch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rich material. Wan execution."
What does it mean to be human? Read full book review >
ALIEN MORNING by Rick Wilber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Intergalactic sibling rivalry that toggles between fun and familiar."
Set in 2030, former professional athlete­-turned­-social media star Peter Holman vies to save his home planet from dueling alien royalty. Read full book review >
PIRATE UTOPIA by Bruce Sterling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A kind of Ragtime for our time: provocative, exotic, and very entertaining."
Noted sci-fi maven and futurologist Sterling (Love Is Strange, 2012, etc.) takes a side turn in the slipstream in this offbeat, sometimes-puzzling work of dieselpunk-y alternative history. Read full book review >
THE CHEMICAL WEDDING BY CHRISTIAN ROSENCREUTZ by John Crowley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A curiosity, but just right for the budding New Age-inclined alchemist of the household."
Gnostic gnovelist Crowley (Aegypt, 2013, etc.) goes to the well in this rendering of the Ur-text of Rosicrucianism. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF SOULS by Jack Ketchum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Novelist Ketchum and screenwriter McKee deliver an otherworldly, satirically streaked thriller about a precocious young actress, her psychically bonded dog, and her increasingly unhinged stage mother."
Eleven-year-old Delia, on whose acting career her parents have bet more than the house, proves a reluctant celebrity after being rescued from a bedroom fire by her dog, Caity. 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 >