Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2015

"A visually stunning work addressing themes of peace, generosity, and forgiveness."
Van Steenwyk (The Unkingdom of God, 2013, etc.) offers an illustrated chapter book about an angry red wolf who encounters a saintly beggar king. Read full book review >
THE HOMEPORT JOURNALS by A. C. Burch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2015

"An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships, despite a bland main character."
An elderly woman and her troupe of gay live-ins take in a young man running from a bad romance in Burch's debut novel. Read full book review >

AFTER MIND by Spencer Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2015

"A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn't release its secrets easily."
A sci-fi debut about a boy who's deathly afraid of water and the family who helps reconstruct his mind after a tragic accident. Read full book review >
OF GIANTS AND OTHER MEN by Caspar Peek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2015

"A beautifully realized novel that doesn't shy away from describing the horrors of war as well as life's moments of beauty."
A lyrical family saga that brings to light an oft forgotten period of Central American history. Read full book review >
Seven Tales for the Seven Dark Seas by Harold C. Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2015

"Crafty and classically subtle horror tales for all ages."
This debut collection features nautical horror stories along the Pacific Northwest coast. Read full book review >

THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >
A Spacious Life by Narissa Doumani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2015

"Intelligent, contemplative spiritual memoir by a fine writer with a rich interior world."
A youngwoman writes of her spiritual evolution in an insightful debut memoir. Read full book review >
BIGGER by Aaron Brown
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 18, 2015

"A funny, yet earnest mystery story."
In Brown's debut novel, a man must solve a mystery involving his friend in order to reset his own life. Read full book review >
GROTESQUE by Emanuel Wears
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Haunting look at bad science, bad parenting and the making of a damaged individual."
In this debut novel, Kent Tucker is sent to a state hospital in 1950s Appalachia to "cure" his homosexuality, leading to terrible compulsions and crimes as an adult. Read full book review >
GARBO'S LAST STAND by Jon James Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An appealing blend of hard-boiled noir and action-movie excitement with a romantic, worshipful heart."
In Miller's novel, a dying former tabloid reporter tells the story of his 1939 cruise-ship adventure—involving Greta Garbo, Nazis and a beautiful British secret agent—to a young journalist hoping for an exclusive. Read full book review >
The Mage's Dilemma by Daphne Ashling Purpus
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 16, 2015

"Newcomers should probably begin earlier in this fantasy series, but fans will no doubt enjoy reading the further adventures of old friends."
When nefarious excavators set off a volcanic eruption in Draconia, the country's telepaths pool their skills to save the city in this latest YA fantasy series installment. Read full book review >
THE KILLER OF CANCER RISING by Torena O'Rorke
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 15, 2015

"Some delightfully astute sleuthing runs through this tightly written second case, fully stocked with menacing villains, tireless investigators and romantic intrigue."
Prolific author O'Rorke (Gemini Girl Murders, 2013, etc.), a former probation officer and youth counselor, offers the second installment in her Astrology Mysteries series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >