Genre Fiction

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The Revenant by Michael Punke | LJ Review


Punke’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-edged tale of survival, revenge, and ultimately, redemption. It is also now a Hollywood movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.

Saints and Sinners | African American Fiction (and More)


December’s selections are tales that could have been drawn from the Bible but offer a 21st-century slant.

Best Books 2015: Genre Fiction

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African American Fiction By Rollie Welch Billingsley, ReShonda Tate. Mama’s Boy. Gallery. ISBN 9781476714950. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476715032. F Billingsley’s emotionally moving story dramatically captures the fear an African American mother endures when her son gets involved in a racial confrontation with a white cop that goes very wrong. (African American Fiction and More, […]

Best Books 2015: Romance


Library Journal‘s Romance reviewer par excellence Kristin Ramsdell rolls out the Top Ten Best Romances of 2015

A Little Respect & Romance | African American Fiction (and More)


For years Sister Souljah, the queen of urban fiction, has planted in our conscience that women should always be respected, a theme that she explores once again in her new novel.  Still there’s a place this month for Deborah Fletcher Mello’s old-fashioned romance with a serious twist that will lift readers’ emotions. It’s my pick […]

Editors’ Picks | Day of Dialog 2015

City on Fire

From a double biography of two of the 20th century’s most famous women (Karin Wieland’s Dietrich & Riefenstahl: Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives, Liveright: Norton, Oct.) to an ambitious 900-page debut novel set in 1970s New York City (Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire, Knopf, Oct.), many of the key forthcoming fall […]

Literary SF Hits Award Shortlist, Hugo Drama Escalates


Six acclaimed sf novels were shortlisted for the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, while the Hugo Awards controversy continued with the withdrawal of two finalists and author Connie Willis’s refusal to be a presenter.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)


Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction


The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)


Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]