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Publishers Weekly : Marshlands (February 04, 2014)

Despite the novel’s ability to capture its place and time, its characters and story (including the revelations) never really take off.

Pandemic: A Novel

Sigler's latest is a rip-roaring, action packed read but what makes it really, really great is the gore.

The Exiles Return

This is a haunting novel that explores age-old questions of memory, identity and loss, and how they are embedded in a particular time and place. Its elegiac atmosphere, if not its plot, has staying power.

The Secret of Magic

THE SECRET OF MAGIC is an absorbing and often moving story. At first blush, many of the characters seem stereotypical, but there remains something haunting and provocative about Johnson’s novel.

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste: A Novel

While the storyline can come across as somewhat disjointed and a trifle confusing at times, the writing is skillful and the prose is often heartbreakingly beautiful.

This Is Not an Accident: Stories

Excellent meditations on the human condition, well-suited to rest alongside the likes of Denis Johnson and Richard Ford.

Kirkus Reviews : Fallout (February 04, 2014)

Readers who thrive on tension and excitement will feel themselves amply rewarded; those who tend to question underlying assumptions, not so much.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Novak creates a spectrum of work from the mediocre to the deliciously tongue-in-cheek. If you don’t like something, just wait—a new piece is usually only a page or two away.

The Empire of Necessity

Grandin tells a great and moving story, but bloats and dilutes it with long digressions

The Exiles Return

Elisabeth de Waal has assembled an unusual tableau — evocative and altogether memorable.

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

He’s already established himself as both a gifted observer of the human condition and a very funny writer capable of winning that rare thing: unselfconscious, insuppressible laughter.

Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival

Unflinchingly personal, “Body Counts” is equally impersonal; total honesty can sometimes have that effect.

An Officer and a Spy: A novel

The reader is given the satisfying spectacle of duty being done, of hard work turning into heroism, of justice resuscitated.

The Sixth Extinction

Ms. Kolbert shows in these pages that she can write with elegiac poetry about the vanishing creatures of this planet, but the real power of her book resides in the hard science and historical context she delivers here, documenting the mounting losses that human beings are leaving in their wake.

All Joy and No Fun

“All Joy and No Fun” inspired me to think differently about my own experience as a parent.

The Guts

The Guts finds him and his characters a little ways farther down the road, dealing with new problems, but still deserving attention and praise.


As a first novel, the next step in what I anticipate to be a prodigious career, Dust offers glimmers of Owuor's potential and talent. For now, though, these glimmers shine brighter in her shorter work.


"Ripper" offers, in its own way, an homage to a city known for its crime fiction greats.

Andrew's Brain: A Novel

Strange and oddly fascinating, this book: a musing, a conjecture, a frivolity, a deep interrogatory, a hymn.