Xpress Reviews

Web-first reviews of books and media, including e-original/e-exclusive titles.

Graphic Novel from M.R. James (Ghost Stories) | Xpress Reviews


Fans of classic horror will relish James’s stories. Even though the gore factor is low, the overall creepiness will keep you looking over your shoulder

Nonfiction: Tony Bennett, Immigration Economics, Dragonflies, Black English, David Salle | Xpress Reviews


Readers will “want to be around” Tony Bennett; a book for collections with economics and immigration holdings; Dodds’s passion for dragonflies is woven throughout; the word on Black English; readers of contemporary art criticism will want to read Salle

Star-Studded Fiction from Burnet, Lamb, Le Guin, and Debuter Street | Xpress Reviews


A fast-paced historical crime novel from Booker finalist Burnet; Lamb’s tender, funny, sweet homage to boomers; Le Guin is just as relevant and thought-provoking as ever; Pintoff’s high stakes novel will still appeal to thriller fans; Poe’s devoted readers will rejoice in Street’s debut literary novel

E-Originals from Cornwall, Meredith, and Smith | Xpress Reviews


This latest from Cornwall is for die-hard fans of Scottish stories; Meredith has added her own spin to Adair’s Kindle World with this middling novella; readers will enjoy the interactions in Smith’s well-written fantasy romance

Nonfiction on Canine Companions, Author Editing, and Guy Clark | Xpress Reviews


This lightweight coffee-table book will elicit broad smiles from dog lovers and photography fans; for author’s editors and possibly scholarly communications librarians; a well-informed, in-depth look at Guy Clark’s life and career

Fiction from Goodwin, Harris, and Ryan | Xpress Reviews


The PBS series slated to begin in January should bring heavy demand forVictoria; Harris offers insider details of life at the Vatican; Ryan does it again in her fifth Jane Ryland thriller, a fast-paced, edgy mystery

E-Originals from Howard and Stone, with Debuter De La O | Xpress Reviews


Readers will be so invested in De La O’s protagonists that they’ll keep flipping through the pages; an engaging, nonlinear time line, believable characters, and sweet love scenes give readers all the right emotional tugs; a solid job of showing informed consent without treating the protagonist as broken

Graphic Novels: Aaron & Co., Breathed, de Jongh, Goetzinger & Rodolphe, Greenberg | Xpress Reviews


This Star Wars collection will fly off the shelves; Bloom County will be cherished by smart alecks everywhere; Marie Antoinette is short and sweet; Greenberg is highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy mythology and fable

Nonfiction on Being a Beach Boy, Music, Mortality, and Murder | Xpress Reviews


Memoirs from Beach Boy cousins Brian Wilson and Mike Love; a review of positive stances toward our mortality; readers will have a strong understanding of what it was like to live in the United States in the late 19th century

Fiction from a Debut Author of Inspirational Romance | Xpress Reviews


Taking place at the end of the 19th century, these parallel love stories are intertwined but unique, set against a harsh and sometimes dangerous life