Fiction from Billingham, Ellison, Hubbard Award Winners, and a Thrillery Debut | Xpress Reviews


Tom Thorne gets into more twisty plots, the fourth Samantha Owens novel is breathtaking, speculative fiction fans will welcome the new Hubbard winners, a debut offers a riveting glimpse into the world of Silicon Valley start-ups

Fiction Giants Boyne and Ishiguro; High Seas History from Larson | Audiobook Reviews, May 15, 2015


A difficult but rewarding book from Boyne; Ishiguro’s exquisite tale of barely remembered legends, past wrongs, and relentless change; Simon Brick’s wonderful narration of Larson’s unforgettable story of life and death on the high seas

Dramedy from Trueba, Autism and Family Ties, Monks and Inner-City Youth, Plus New Fast Scans | Video Reviews, May 15, 2015


A middle-aged, Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher picks up two teenage runaways while embarking on a 1966 road trip to Almeria, Spain; a caretaker’s familiar battle between duty and desire; an uplifting Rule offers hope for inner-city youth

Harlan Ellison’s First, Ernest Cline’s Latest, & a Novelization of Beryl Markham | Audio in Advance July 2015 | Stephanie’s Picks


Cline, Ernest. Armada. Books on Tape. ISBN 9780804149136. Reader TBA. Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming that the real world could be a little more like sf books, movies, and videogames, but he knows that in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe. And then he sees the […]

Maeve Binchy’s Times, Courtley’s SEAL Survival Guide, True Crime from Journalist Leovy | Audiobook Reviews, May 1, 2015


Newspaper columns from throughout Binchy’s tenure at The Irish Times; when it comes to books on SEALs, Courtley is the real deal; Leovy’s debut Ghettoside paints a compelling picture of life in south Los Angeles

Fiction Galore from Baldacci, Barnes, Corbett, Humphreys, Hunter, & Shalvis | Xpress Reviews


A complex thriller from Baldacci, Barnes’s latest is a great read, Humphreys’s World War II novel is a good choice, Hunter rips into Jack the Ripper, Marcus pens a novel of weight and heart, Parry’s debut will appeal, Shalvis is irresistible

The Homesman, a “Polished” Jewel in the Crown, the Adult Film Industry, Fast Scans, & More | Video Reviews, April 15, 2015


The Homesman is not like any other Western, an Emmy Award winner finally receives the digital makeover not accorded its 25th anniversary edition, first-time director Kezin’s odd but captivating and touching documentary.

Award Winner Alive Inside, Best Westerns, Winston Churchill Bio, New Trailers | Video Reviews, April 1, 2015


Rossato-Bennett follows around Dan Cohen, founder of Music & Memory, Inc.; the largely forgotten story of Winston Churchill’s fall from grace and subsequent rise to prominence; Clementine epitomizes the Code of the Old West

Fiction from Born, Dennison, Florand, Kilpack, and Sundstøl, plus Debuts | Xpress Reviews


Aboard the Lusitania in a debut, Born scents murder in an enjoyable mystery, a quirky village mystery from Dennison, Florand’s latest is delicious and romantic, a singular story from Kilpack, Sundstøl’s outstanding final series entry

Fiction from Bauer, Gazan, Knipfel, Michaels, Roper, & Smith | Xpress Reviews


An original novel from Bauer, Gazan’s novel breathes fresh life into the packed Scandinavian mystery genre, Knipfel’s charming novel evokes the dark humor of Fargo, end-of-life issues may draw readers to Smith’s title