Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A Murder at Armageddon by A.K.A. Chisti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2015

"An artfully rendered amalgam of history and fictional inventiveness."
A murder mystery set in an ancient Israel distempered by political conflict. Read full book review >
HEIRS AND ASSIGNS by Marjorie Eccles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Eccles (The Firebird's Feather, 2014, etc.) sets her war-battered detective a second police procedural with plenty of suspects and unexpected twists."
A birthday gathering 10 years after World War I ends in murder. Read full book review >

THE VULTURE by Frederick Ramsay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Ike's 10th (Drowning Barbie, 2014, etc.) uses themes cut from current headlines to ramp up the excitement."
The sheriff of Picketsville, Virginia, has seen a lot of trouble over the years. But who hates him enough to try to blow him to kingdom come? Read full book review >
WEIGHING SHADOWS by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Lovely, disturbing, and intriguing in spots but ultimately, just not enough."
Goldstein takes a break from fantasy (The Uncertain Places, 2011, etc.) and returns to science fiction with this brief tale of a corporation seeking to diminish the role of women in society by altering the timeline.Read full book review >
CRACKED by Barbra Leslie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Leslie can get overwrought, and she kills off a surprising number of characters in the first book of a planned trilogy. But her writing style and twists can be addictive, even if they're not crack."
An aggressive drug addict is determined to find the connection between her twin's death and her own life. Read full book review >

THE BLIZZARD by Vladimir Sorokin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A strange, distinctly Russian diversion for readers looking for something completely different."
A country doctor holding the cure to a zombie epidemic struggles through an impossibly stubborn blizzard. Read full book review >
Train from Thompsonville by D. C. Moses
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2005

"A long slog that might appeal to readers interested in the experience of Eastern European immigrants in 20th-century America, particularly their youthful female progeny."
A coming-of-age novel about a Polish-American Catholic girl growing up in and escaping blue-collar life in upstate New York during the Great Depression and World War II. Read full book review >
Beatrice and the Basilisk by Bruce McCandless III
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 23, 2012

"This brief but powerful dragon story soars."
In McCandless' (The Krottkey Chronicles, 2013) novella, a young Texas girl of today must fight a terrifying dragon.Read full book review >
ROAN by E. R. Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"A novel entry into the world of teenage fantasy that ultimately unfolds into a truly epic saga."
From debut author Barr comes an urban-fantasy novel about an adolescent boy on the cusp of mysterious change and the strange town within which he seeks refuge. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF REINVENTION by Karine Tuil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Hard to believe this glib piece of work was a Prix Goncourt finalist."
French bestseller Tuil makes her U.S. debut with a slick tale about a high-powered New York lawyer whose past catches up with him. Read full book review >
DEATH ON DEMAND by Jim Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Sensitive, meaty, and varied, although, as so often before (At Death's Window, 2015, etc.), Kelly is more invested in laying out multiple intriguing plots than in tying all the loose ends together."
DI Peter Shaw, of the West Norfolk Constabulary, battles his boss for the privilege of investigating what seems like a particularly gratuitous murder. Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not a banner year, all in all, but good enough to delight and entertain."
The Nebula Awards 2014 showcase, for works published in 2013. In 2015. At last! Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >