History of Violence is not, as the title suggests, a big, fat tome about human aggression, brute force, and cruelty, though it describes a world in which violence shapes the life of the na
Alan Hollinghurst’s novel, The Sparsholt Affair, presents a bit of a conundrum.
In 1922 the British author Vita Sackville-West was commissioned to write a story and inscribe it in her own hand into a beautifully bound, tooled leather book.
While it seems to be universally the case that authors would rather have their books written about than not, it is also the case that it is sometimes better not to review a given book than to revie
“a fast, funny, and rip-roaring adventure of a few days in the life of an orc who’d like to forget his former association with a certain elf, and the elf who’s fighting against awakening ol
What should “A Reader” attempt to do? One looks for it to provide an overview of an author’s work. The reader is a book that should be suitable for the classroom and instruction.
“an exciting police procedural combining the tense search for a missing child with the personal involvement of a police chief mistrusted by a good many of the people on the case.”
“All the twists and turns and deliberate obfuscation of characters names and identities and piled on bizarre coincidences in overly descriptive scenes, only add to the Byzantian complexity
Many writers have written about the immigrant experience, but most focus on the tension between generations: how the older generations of immigrants—those fresh off the boat, so to speak—want to re
“Ellen Klages is an author with a true talent for storytelling and an eye for the beautiful detail.”
Rita Mae Brown’s latest novel Cakewalk elicits from the reader a certain WTF response.
“Walker’s stories intersect the tipping point when big city gay life went from carefree hedonism and glitzy self–indulgence to the moment when self–satisfied habitués of the demi–monde bega
“A Thin Bright Line will help widen the metaphorical crack in the chains that bind those who are outside of societal norms.”
This past year, Tor.com released a series of novellas from an incredibly diverse range of authors, notably the Nebula and Hugo award winning Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.
There’s a certain poetry of loneliness at work in Martin Hyatt’s new novel Beautiful Gravity.
In today’s Internet connected global culture literature is written by authors who do not necessarily reside in the countries of their birth and read by readers worldwide.
What happens when disaster strikes? We’ve read books about the people involved in natural or manmade disasters and watched movies about them.
Consuming fiction makes us social scientists better writers, better thinkers. We learn how to put together words in new ways, and we learn new worlds.
When Detective Constable Leonard Corell is called to a house in a quiet English suburb he discovers a man lying lifeless on his bed, white froth dried into a dribble of powder at the corner of his
Set in the late 80s, Jed has escaped Chicago and the beginning of the AIDS crisis to return to where he experienced a hedonist paradise during his college days.
“Greenwell writes with a hypnotic flair and intense precision.”
“The author crafts passages of agonizing psychological self-torment with a master's ear for the perfect phrase.”
“The Price of Salt is a moving, beautifully conceived and written book. It is a mesmerizing read.”
Times have changed in the quarter century since Lesléa Newman first published Heather Has Two Mommies. Twenty-five years ago Newman could not find a publisher for the book.