Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THE CURSE OF CROW HOLLOW by Billy Coffey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A Southern Gothic morality tale edging into the supernatural."
Coffey (The Devil Walks in Mattingly, 2014, etc.) spins a wicked tale about Campbell's Mountain, where lurk "hungry things that existed only in madness and nightmares."Read full book review >
THE AMERICANS by Chitra Viraraghavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A cast of compelling characters with provocative tales frustratingly fractured."
As Tara journeys from India to America to help her sister, Kamala, at every turn she befriends people coping with their own cultural dislocations. Read full book review >

SHETANI'S SISTER by Iceberg Slim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"The latest posthumous publication from Iceberg Slim (Doom Fox, 1998, etc.) may satisfy readers hungry for the gritty street reality of an undefined historical time, but the storyline ends so abruptly that it feels as unfinished as the author's life."
The street war between a prostitution ring and the cop determined to take it down turns into a man-to-man fight. Read full book review >
INFINITE HOME by Kathleen Alcott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A luminous second novel from a first-class storyteller."
Under the right circumstances, even a dilapidated Brooklyn brownstone can save a collection of wounded souls. Read full book review >
THE ETERNAL WORLD by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Michael Crichton's gone, but Farnsworth entertainingly explores the border where science fantasy meets reality."
Moving away from his President's Vampire series, Farnsworth (Red, White, and Blood, 2012, etc.) offers a fantastical witch's brew of Spanish conquistadors, biotechnology, and hubris.Read full book review >

THE POPE'S DAUGHTER by Dario Fo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Entertaining historical revisionism, with Fo's Lucrezia more femme fatale than incestuous poisoner."
In his debut novel, Nobel-winning playwright Fo draws a portrait of Lucrezia Borgia, she of infamy. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF OUR STEPS by Ronit Matalon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Lovely and difficult."
A novel in stories from the Israeli author of The One Facing Us (1998) and Bliss (2003).Read full book review >
BRIEF LOVES THAT LIVE FOREVER by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Moving and thoughtful, this novel—despite its slight frame—has a lot to say."
Translated from the French in which he writes (The Life of an Unknown Man, 2012, etc.), Siberian-born Makine's slim novel portrays the dangers of communism from the point of view of a romantic man.Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite the wrenching shift in tone, a soulful exploration of the limits and consequences of familial control."
A family of evangelical Christians is derailed by a daughter's pregnancy. Read full book review >
A WOMAN LOVED by Andreï Makine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A lively look at the pitfalls of making state-sponsored art."
One of two new books by Siberian-born Makine, this energetic novel takes place in Soviet Russia and tells the story of a doomed film about Catherine the Great. Read full book review >
THE MADAGASKAR PLAN by Guy Saville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Sophisticated alternative history drenched in relentless R-rated violence."
Set against a world dominated by an undefeated Third Reich, the Freudian blood feud between mercenary Burton Cole and Oberstgruppenführer Walter Hochburg rages into Madagascar.Read full book review >
UNDER TIBERIUS by Nick Tosches
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"One of the grumpiest stories ever told about the greatest story ever told."
Meet the real Jesus Christ: a slovenly reprobate who becomes a religious huckster with the help of a Roman Svengali. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >