Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

FORBIDDEN SUNS by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The whole impressive enterprise roars and rattles along, thrilling, relentless, gripping, and utterly improbable: pure delight for fans."
Final part of Clark's (Forgotten Worlds, 2017, etc.) The Silence, a widescreen, all-action military/space opera trilogy in which giant alien jellyfish called the Blue-Blue-White threaten to exterminate all sentient life in the galaxy. Read full book review >
PULSE by Felix Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite all the heavy-handed foreshadowing, an efficient, steadily absorbing suspenser guaranteed to draw in even fans who can't stand horses."
A female lead, ailing but remarkably strong, joins all the males, many with similar profiles, who've helmed the storied father-and-son horse-racing franchise (Triple Crown, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

DARK SIGNAL by Shannon Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Baker's follow-up to Stripped Bare (2016) pushes her franchise across the cold prairie landscape as steadily and professionally as a BNSF freight train, leaving readers eager for the next stop."
A newly minted Nebraska sheriff faces an unexpected challenge when a Burlington Northern/Santa Fe engineer is murdered on his train. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF WONDERS by Douglas Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Well-made, erudite, often witty short stories from an accomplished veteran of the form."
Trevor's (Girls I Know, 2013) second book of stories is nimble and smart—bookish in a mostly good way. Read full book review >
MRS. JEFFRIES AND THE THREE WISE WOMEN  by Emily Brightwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Fans of Brightwell's venerable series (Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong, 2017, etc.) will be delighted to revisit the clever sleuths as they wade through a plethora of suspects and motives in this pleasant holiday tale."
Victorian sleuths from every social stratum imaginable work in the background to solve cases. Read full book review >

A PLAGUE OF GIANTS  by Kevin Hearne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A genuine page-turner: dependable entertainment with no claims to profundity."
The author of Besieged (2017, etc.), kicks off a new doorstopper fantasy trilogy in which a peaceful continent suffers coincidental invasions by different giant races.Read full book review >
INFINITE GROUND by Martin  MacInnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Vividly suggestive and filled with haunting images, though probably best appreciated by readers with a strong taste for the avant-garde."
A missing persons case is merely the starting point for Scottish writer MacInnes' mind-bending debut, which takes impersonation, infection, and simulation as its metaphors for the unstable nature of reality. Read full book review >
THE DOLL'S ALPHABET by Camilla  Grudova
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The effect of the absurd, unnatural, cruel, and unfair social rules in these stories is to cast light on how absurd, unnatural, cruel, and unfair the rules of contemporary society can be."
Short stories that combine steampunk imagery with absurdist fantasy to explore gender roles. Read full book review >
THE TIGER'S PREY by Wilbur Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A cyclone of nonstop action-adventure with enough swordplay and bodice-ripping to recall the Errol Flynn swashbuckler pirate movies of old."
Turning the time machine back to the 17th century, Smith (War Cry, 2017, etc.) shifts the Courtney family saga to Tom Courtney's battles with the British East India Company. Read full book review >
THE APPRAISAL by Anna Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This peppy thriller from Porter (Kasztner's Train, 2008, etc.) bursts with banter and tantalizes the reader with half-revelations and game-changing twists. Not a nail-biter but definitely a romp."
Verifying the authenticity of a controversial Titian proves a deadly assignment for a resourceful, and not entirely lawful, art appraiser. Read full book review >
RIGHTEOUS by Joe Ide
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A thrilling follow-up to one of the more auspicious detective-series debuts in recent memory."
The game's afoot once again for 20-something genius sleuth Isaiah Quintabe, who has two cases to deal with: one leading him to mayhem in Las Vegas, the other to the man responsible for his brother's death. Read full book review >
IT DEVOURS! by Joseph Fink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A confident supernatural comedy from writers who can turn from laughter to tears on a dime."
A scientist and a man of faith must find common ground to save a friendly desert community in the American Southwest. 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 >