Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

STRANGE WEATHER by Joe Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Worth waiting in line for, if you're a Hill fan. If you're not, this is the book to turn you into one."
Horrormeister Hill (The Fireman, 2016) offers a four-pack of mayhem in this sparkling collection of short novels. Read full book review >
WILDE IN LOVE by Eloisa James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A charming, romantic, and unexpectedly funny start to a very promising new series. A must for James fans and a sure bet for everyone else."
An adamantly private lady seeks a sensible match, but a notorious and rakishly handsome adventurer proves difficult to resist in the first of a Georgian-set historical romance series. Read full book review >

HIDDENSEE by Gregory Maguire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A splendid revisitation of folklore that takes us to and from familiar cultural touchstones into realms to make Freud blanch. Wonderful."
A delightful, mystical, mythical confection by zeitgeist whisperer Maguire (After Alice, 2015, etc.), who likes nothing more than to work at the dark edges of a fairy tale.
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MALICE OF CROWS by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Fans of the Shadow will love returning to his world, and fantasy fans who haven't yet encountered this colorful cowboy should hurry up and dive in."
A tale of magical battles set on the frontier of a Western world beset by monsters. Read full book review >
THE KITES by Romain Gary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A rich and layered love story that begins in innocence and moves through hardship toward a broad humanity."
Hero of the French Resistance, diplomat, and two-time recipient of the Prix Goncourt under two different pen names, Gary (1914-1980; The Life Before Us, 1975, etc.) examines the fates of young love, naiveté, and idealism in his final novel, set in France during World War II and being published in English for the first time. Read full book review >

LAWS OF ATTRACTION by Sarah Title
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A charming finale to a contemporary romance series good enough to wipe out years of librarian stereotypes."
A one-night stand becomes a law librarian's newest patron. Read full book review >
PAUL TAKES THE FORM OF A MORTAL GIRL by Andrea Lawlor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"This is groundbreaking, shape- and genre-shifting work from a daring writer; a fresh novel that elevates questions of sexual identity and intimacy."
A magical, sexual, and hopeful debut novel about transcending boundaries of gender to pursue emotional connection. Read full book review >
WONDER VALLEY by Ivy Pochoda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Absorbing, finely detailed, nasty California noir."
The gritty lives of Southern California drifters are entwined first by circumstance, then by love and revenge. Read full book review >
THE DIARIES OF EMILIO RENZI by Ricardo Piglia
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Fans of Cortázar, Donoso, and Gabriel García Márquez will find these to be eminently worthy last words from Piglia, who died at the beginning of 2017."
A valediction from the noted Argentine writer, known for bringing the conventions of hard-boiled U.S. crime drama into Latin American literature. Read full book review >
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN by Neil Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories about AI, reinventing old tropes and making us revisit the eternal question of what it is to be human."
Clarke, the publisher of Clarkesworld magazine, compiles 27 tales of artificial humans and what we see of ourselves in them. Read full book review >
HEAVEN'S CROOKED FINGER by Hank  Early
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"You won't put down this powerful and painful tale, the first in a planned series, until you've seen its unlikely hero explore all the avenues of love, hate, deception, and faith and unravel a gripping mystery."
A man whose whole life has been colored by the excesses of his father's execrable ministry tries to come to terms with his past. Read full book review >
FREYA by Anthony Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"With its busy plot, its drinking and smoking, its crisp wit and contemporary soundtrack (Peggy Lee, 'Winter Weather,' etc.), Quinn's novel delivers evocative, high-quality entertainment that may well leave readers hoping for a sequel."
In 1950s England, an unconventional young woman develops her reputation as a bold journalist while cherishing—and sometimes forfeiting—a profound female friendship. 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 >