Fiction

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Q&A with Jayne Ann Krentz & Nancy Pearl

Novelists and librarians Jayne Ann Krentz and Nancy Pearl discuss love, and librarianship, and the power of fiction

Fiction from Bacigalupi & Buckell, Harkaway, McAlpine, Piglia, Vargas Llosa, Watts, & Wilson | Xpress Reviews

These loosely related tales show promise; this work goes so far as to invoke the reader’s role in creating the narrative; a debut for die-hard fans of psychological suspense; will appeal to adventurous Holmes fans who enjoy more modern takes on a literary icon; consummate autobiographical fiction; a murder mystery with political overtones and the underlying power of the press; Watts can take a few words and paint a landscape that reveals so much richness about the people and culture; fans of Agatha Christie may appreciate this fictional look at her life

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, February 1, 2018

Fans of Stephen King and Deen Koontz will enjoy this twisted tale of the destructive and sinister power of evil; a Regency-era murder exposes the rot that underlies the period’s glitter—highly recommended; alternately pulse-pounding, brutal, and heartbreakingly tender, this original novel still resonates today; Vlautin delivers a deeply compassionate story made more poignant for its unadorned simplicity

Varied Firsts of the New Year | Wyatt’s World

These authors offer fresh perspectives for 2018 with stories that kick off new series, provide novel takes on long-established genres, and will likely launch the writer to new heights.

Best Sellers: Books Most Borrowed, January 2018

Lots of thrillers making their way onto the list; Chernow moves on to Grant

Fiction from Bowen, Boyce, Downie, Eason, Khan, and More | Xpress Reviews

For readers who enjoy World War ll historical fiction and rural Italian culture; Sarah Alt continues to march to her own drum; the end of this debut is satisfying; Downie’s latest serves as a worthy stand-alone; this nonstop, white-knuckled thrill ride will please devotees of police procedurals; Khan’s series is well worth investigating; an absorbing story of love and loss with an astounding conclusion

LJ Talks to Ruth Emmie Lang | Debut Spotlight

In her debut novel, Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, Ruth Emmie Lang offers up the wondrous tale of Weylyn Gray, who was quite literally raised by wolves. She invites readers to experience his life through the perspectives of those who come into contact with this enchanting and unusually talented man.

Reading Resolutions | Wyatt’s World

The pleasures of reading should always be without strings, but if readers’ advisory (RA) librarians want to add to their to-do lists in 2018, there are some easy yet very useful resolutions to make.

Fiction from Burke Fille, Moore, Reynolds, Winslow, and Winspear | Xpress Reviews

Edgar-nominated Burke has written a timely, riveting, and deeply resonant psychological suspense novel; readers of noir mysteries will adore this title; fans of sf will definitely want to pick up this title; a very entertaining and readable thriller that can hold its own with the best of the current crop; Winspear has created another rich reading experience for Maisie’s many fans

Reviewers of the Year 2017

In honor of all our reviewers, and especially those whose work made an indelible impression this year, LJ editors thank you for your dedication, expertise, and trusted insights. Here’s to many more years of working and learning together.