Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT by Graham Ison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2014

"Brock's not half as smooth as he thinks he is and not nearly witty enough to get this case airborne."
DCI Harry Brock (Make Them Pay, 2013, etc.) investigates the murder of an accountant and the disappearance of his wife. Read full book review >
FACES IN THE CROWD by Valeria Luiselli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2014

"Ultimately, a novel that is no more (or less) than words on the page."
A debut novel that never lets readers forget it's a novel, toying with them on multiple levels. Read full book review >

THE POOR MAN'S GUIDE TO SUICIDE by Andrew H. Armacost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2014

"A somber yet hopeful walk along the ledge."
Armacost (Space Bush, 2012, etc.) ruminates on the banality of life in a frank but moving novel. Read full book review >
THE LAST KIND WORDS SALOON by Larry McMurtry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2014

"Not quite in the class of Lonesome DoveThe Last Picture Show, or other top-shelf McMurtry, but still a lot of fun."
Prolific novelist and pop historian McMurtry (Custer, 2012, etc.) offers another pleasing yarn for fans of the Old West, none of whom will hanker for a trip to the dentist after reading it. Read full book review >
DELICIOUS! by Ruth Reichl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Reichl's first fictional outing is something of a curate's egg—good in parts."
Tragedy, war, fairy-tale makeover, trauma resolution, romance and—of course—food are just some of the ingredients in dining critic and celebrated memoirist Reichl's (Garlic and Sapphires, 2005, etc.) first novel, a bittersweet pudding with some lumps in the batter. Read full book review >

BRED IN THE BONE by Christopher Brookmyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

Jasmine Sharp and Catherine McLeod return in the third book of their series, this time to investigate the gangland execution of a Glasgow crime boss and its links to much-older murders. Read full book review >
MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION by Rick Springfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A readable comic meditation on human frailty."
Rock star and soap actor-turned-author Springfield (Late, Late at Night, 2010) debuts with fiction best classified as black comedy. Read full book review >
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Doerr captures the sights and sounds of wartime and focuses, refreshingly, on the innate goodness of his major characters."
Doerr presents us with two intricate stories, both of which take place during World War II; late in the novel, inevitably, they intersect. Read full book review >
BLONDE OPS by Charlotte  Bennardo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Readers will be taken with the pink-haired protagonist and her Italian exploits. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage American hacker in Italy becomes embroiled in a whirlwind of fashion, espionage and romance. Read full book review >
AUTHORITY by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Will VanderMeer rally for a grand slam finale? Stay tuned: The last volume is scheduled for September."
After the chills and thrills of Annihilation, published in February 2014, this second volume in VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy—a science fiction/horror hybrid—is an altogether quieter affair. Read full book review >
THE PEARL THAT BROKE ITS SHELL by Nadia Hashimi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A lyrical, heartbreaking account of silenced lives."
Three Afghan sisters walk home from school, menaced by a boy on a bicycle. They escape, but the damage is done: no more school. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED NAMES by Cecilia Ahern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"Ahern (How to Fall in Love, 2013, etc.) once again spins a charming tale of redemption and romance."
Telling other people's stories isn't just about entertainment or news. Reporter Kitty Logan is about to learn that it's about love, too. Read full book review >