LJ Fiction Reviews: November 1, 2015


Winners of the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild Operation First Novel Contest, festive inspirational CF, top fall indie fiction, recent Jewish fiction, plus riveting new entries from Crais, Eco, Preston/Child

Top Fall Indie Fiction: Best Bets Beyond the Big-House Titles


Banansky offers a sleekly told puzzle piece that snares readers to the end; Kloss’s epic Revelator has a feel of dark, ferocious beauty; you’ll trust Kid Moses; Glacier is gorgeously and urgently written

Recent Jewish Fiction: Celebrate Jewish Book Month with These 11 Titles and Read-Alikes


Jewish Book Month, November 6–December 6, provides the perfect opportunity to explore the varied themes presented here.

Reading the World | Fiction in Translation


New fiction in translation from smaller presses includes literary titles, YA, and more.

Lives, Loves, Losses: Books for Black History Month and Beyond


Stunning memoir, fiction, poetry; thought-provoking history, political science, sociology; and fun mystery, romance, erotica to satisfy and stir readers all year round.

Fiction from Galbraith, Kilpack, Moggach, & the late Rendell | Xpress Reviews


Galbraith continues to develop interestingly flawed characters; readers will shake their heads over Kilpack’s frustrating hero; fans of Moggach will be disappointed; Rendell’s latest (perhaps last) portrayal of a psychological quagmire

Under the Sea: Mermaid Tales | The Reader’s Shelf, October 15, 2015


Treacherous or tenderhearted, mermaids spark the imagination and represent a desire to believe in something fantastical and out of reach. But are they truly confined to folklore? Dive in and see.

LJ Fiction Reviews: October 15, 2015


Starred debuts from Bradley and Yapa; a sleigh full of Christmas titles from Bowen, Carmack, Cleeves, and others; seasonal love from Everett, Putney, and Jeffries; plus Kupari’s Debut of the Month and new Series Lineup

Garth Risk Hallberg | LibraryReads Author, October 15, 2015


An utterly absorbing speed-read notwithstanding its gorgeous 900-page heft, Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire lets readers live and breathe 1970s New York.

Q&A: Scott Hawkins | Debut Spotlight, October 15, 2015

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An enticing and horrifying mashup of urban fantasy and mythology, Scott Hawkins’s debut novel, The Library at Mount Char, is sure to please adults and older teens looking for a harder edge and larger scale.