Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE AMBER SHADOWS by Lucy Ribchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2017

"Ribchester (The Hourglass Factory, 2016) convincingly re-creates wartime life and the enclosed world of code-breaking and plays out the suspense in a Hitchcock homage almost worthy of the master."
Mysterious parcels that may connect a British World War II typist with her past make a dangerous gift. Read full book review >
OVERKILL by Niels de Terra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2017

"An ambitious but somewhat confusing graphic novel that seeks to vindicate Teilhard's works."
De Terra explores the work and reputation of controversial French Jesuit priest and paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) in this debut graphic novel. Read full book review >

GOOD DAYS, BAD DAYS by Stew Mosberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2017

"Often engrossing tales of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances."
Mosberg's (In the Shadows of Canyon Road, 2015) collection offers a series of mostly tragic stories set at different points in history.Read full book review >
ASTRODIAC by Eric Kitchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An often riveting tale that develops its characters as well as it does its steadily paced narrative."
In Kitchen's debut fantasy-adventure, a supernaturally gifted, elite few become targets for murder. Read full book review >
CRIME SCENE by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"First of a series apparently aimed at readers willing to invest their time and attention in the hope of more excitement down the road."
Kellerman Senior (Heartbreak Hotel, 2017, etc.) and Junior (Potboiler, 2012, etc.) team up again in this tale of a case so cold it's been marked solved for years. Read full book review >

THE NOT-SO SECRET SOCIETY by Matthew Daley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An appealing adventure; vibrant in characterization, humor, and imagery."
Some tweens face their biggest challenge yet when their science fair submission morphs into a colossal, candy-crazed gummy bear in this graphic novel. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE QUEEN by Meia Geddes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A surprising and enchanting parable about personal and artistic growth."
After her parents die, a young queen ventures forth to learn more about the world and its people in this children's novella. Read full book review >
BEER AND GASOLINE by John Knoerle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A standout espionage tale that not only delivers a riveting plot, but a stellar presentation as well."
A CIA officer's 1968 investigation into a death linked to a secretive compound smells of a KGB assassination—or perhaps his own agency's involvement—in this spy novel. Read full book review >
VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL  OTHERS PAY CASH by Eka Kurniawan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Tedious, and unpleasantly so."
Pulp fiction from one of Indonesia's most important young writers. Read full book review >
NEVER DARE A DRAGON by Ashlyn Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Inventive but lacks a clear direction."
A paranormal romance in which two beings born of fire—a dragon shifter and a phoenix shifter—battle a band of criminals and a long-distance relationship. Read full book review >
A WEDDING TAIL by Casey Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A lot going for it, a lot going on, but ultimately disappointing."
Coordinating her best friend's wedding to San Francisco's former most eligible bachelor is a dream come true for an up-and-coming party planner, until suddenly every detail of the nuptials, her business, and even her life is under attack. Read full book review >
BIRDCAGE WALK by Helen Dunmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Middling Dunmore, but middling Dunmore is still damn fine. Her death at 64 is a real loss."
Published posthumously, the final novel from prolific and genre-hopping Dunmore (Exposure, 2016, etc.) explores the impact of the French Revolution on 1790s England within the context of a gothic romance set in Bristol, where the author herself lived and wrote. 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 >