Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

VOW OF CELIBACY by Erin Judge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A smart, funny, and fast-paced book about sex, love, body image, and friendship."
An unlucky-in-love woman takes a vow of celibacy as she reflects on her sexual adventures and mistakes in this debut novel. Read full book review >
KILLFILE by Christopher Farnsworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Farnsworth, author of the fantastical Nathaniel Cade series (Red, White, and Blood, 2012, etc.), stands to expand his following with this clever, offbeat thriller."
Hired by billionaire Everett Sloan to determine whether a whiz kid who used to work for his data-mining outfit stole company secrets to start his own operation, mind-reading investigator John Smith finds himself targeted by a conspiratorial group with secret CIA connections. Read full book review >

HOW TO PARTY WITH AN INFANT by Kaui Hart Hemmings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"From the plucky heroine whose life is not very hard to the easy potshots at stereotypical monster-moms, this novel is so contrived it's hard to believe it comes from the same author as the emotionally wrenchingThe Descendents (2007)."
From Hemmings (Juniors, 2015, etc.), a potato-chip-thin comedy about a single mother in San Francisco hoping to win a cookbook competition. Read full book review >
IN THE NOT QUITE DARK by Dana Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Eleven poignant stories that look to the past to portray the present."
An insightful collection of stories that paint diverse portraits of present-day Los Angeles. Read full book review >
GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT by Lily Brooks-Dalton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An apocalyptic soap opera set in vividly imagined environments."
Two scientists in remote locations must navigate the sudden loss of human life on Earth. Read full book review >

ALL THE UGLY AND WONDERFUL THINGS by Bryn Greenwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Intelligent, honest, and unsentimental."
Greenwood's powerful, provocative debut chronicles a desolate childhood and a discomfiting love affair. Read full book review >
THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise  Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A promising author who doesn't have the recipe quite right yet."
Can a purple-haired pastry chef with a whisk and spatula tattoo on her derriere find happiness baking in rustic Vermont? Read full book review >
THE CAULIFLOWER by Nicola Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Respectful, playful, and often entertaining—though just as often puzzling. Barker's fans will enjoy the outing, forgiving her quirks."
A headily curry-scented tale, part fable and part imaginative biography, by postmodern maven Barker (In The Approaches, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A breezy tale perfect for a day at the beach, this one's a real winner."
Lucy Hutton absolutely detests her office mate Joshua Templeman. He's a pompous, self-important, obnoxious ass. But, she's got to admit, he is pretty cute. Read full book review >
WITH LOVE FROM THE INSIDE by Angela Pisel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An admirable debut."
A death in the family haunts a mother and daughter. Read full book review >
WHEN THE MUSIC'S OVER by Peter Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Despite the double plot requiring two virtually unrelated pools of characters, the thematic connections between the cold case and the red-hot case are so pervasive and powerful that the result is one of the most tightly spun tales to come from Robinson's remorseless imagination."
Alan Banks' first case as detective superintendent is a 50-year-old sex crime that's echoed by an equally appalling assault in present-day Eastvale. Read full book review >
STRANGERS AMONG US by Susan  Forest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2016

"There are several excellent stories here—and they'd be stronger if divorced from the burden of living up to the anthology's theme."
An anthology of speculative fiction through the lens of mental illness—stories of people whose mental quirks make them "outcasts and underdogs," edited by Forest (Immunity to Strange Tales, 2012) and Law (Sword and Sorceress X, 1993). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >