“David Szalay’s art accomplishes what arithmetic can’t: The whole adds up to more than its individual components, and in sum his Turbulence is a tour de force.”
Ma Jian’s China Dream is a dissident novel in all senses of the term. It’s a novel written by a dissident: “every novel [Ma has] written has been banned in the mainland.
“another fanciful bit of fiction about two famous people, their camaraderie, and the way we’d like to imagine they’d face danger if it became personal.”
“Shamed, book number 11 in The Kate Burkholder series very well stands on its own, offering many twists and turns along with descriptive reference
“A riveting story of a horrible injustice enacted with careful, logical cruelty in the name of national security.
“Etter has created that rare beast: an effective, startling poetic novel. Its story is coherent and progressive; Cassie herself is intensely sympathetic.
Sixteen-year-old Brin Collins believes her life is falling apart. It all began when Delia, her mother got pregnant.
Many people go through the empty-nest syndrome when their children leave home. Some look forward to their newfound freedom, but some become depressed.
“In The Second-Worst Restaurant in France, Alexander McCall Smith allows his characters to advance the story with wit amid the simplicity of ordinary life; this is the magic of his
“Lesley Kara’s The Rumor is a brisk and smartly written mystery about women, the intricacies of their social circle, and secrets that, if revealed, may have deadly consequences.”
“utterly engrossing, funny, at times, suspenseful, flawlessly constructed, moving, and absolutely brilliant.”
"On Wings of a Lion is a debut novel that far surpasses expectations."
“Lincoln scholar Putnam has once again woven a fact-based story into an entertaining fiction for his readers to enjoy.”
“Orange World and Other Stories exposes the difficulties of wanting. . . . Characters long for things that have no name. They live on the edge of terror.
"masterfully written . . ."
“Salvation Day is a terrific space thriller. Wallace is an excellent writer, and she maintains tight control over her story as it progresses.”
“Lepionka, a Shamus Award-winning and Anthony and Macavity Award-nominated author, shows us that she not only has top-notch writing chops, she has longevity, with Roxane Weary destined to f
Better known to many as the original illustrator of Harry Potter, Mary GrandPré has illustrated over 20 picture books and here is handling both the words and pictures.
Death Orb is a visually ambitious graphic novel. It depicts a ruined Earth, years past a nuclear holocaust. Buildings are crumbled, with vines of hanging wires choking them.
The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman is a novel about intellectuals. Or rather, it’s a novel about marriage and American village life as seen through intellectual eyes.
“the story of what happens when one man crosses the threshold of the impossible into the possible, and lays aside his morals and ethics. . . .”
“Reading The History of Living Forever is a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”
“The author has taken the isolation of the Okefenokee Swamp and magnified it into a story of dread, fear, and supernatural inevitability.”
“Young readers will certainly need some adult guidance to grasp this important and timely message, and some adults might not feel comfortable with the book’s simplified delivery.”
“The Substitution Order is a good legal thriller with enjoyable characters and a dilly of a situation faced by the main character.