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Wolf in White Van

In both his music and his prose, Darnielle does not shy away from the hard stuff.


Broken Monsters

At its best, this wickedly unpleasant thriller has a rare and intriguing capacity to make the reader think.


Broken Monsters

Never exploitative, never superficial, never uncomplicated: Beukes shows how horror can be the best way to explain our unbelievable reality. She uses the mode like the knife that opens the oyster.


Perfidia: A novel

His LA might not be a city of angels, but the devils he conjures up tell one hell of a tale.


The Undertaking

The Undertaking, which was shortlisted for the Baileys women's prize for fiction earlier this year, feels authentic, relevant and powerful.


Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay

Her charting of the rivalries and sheer inscrutability of female friendship is raw. This is high-stakes, subversive literature.


Young God

Nevertheless, even if Morris cannot be added to the southern canon this early in her career, Young God is, at the least, markedly superior to southern noir and an altogether remarkable debut.


10:04: A Novel

To the extent that 10:04 is “about” anything, it is about the tensions between, and possibilities of, these different worlds and different futures.


The Children Act

How one of the English-speaking world’s most engaging and accomplished novelists could, or would, write such a lifeless book is a bit of a head-scratcher, although not entirely.


We Are Not Ourselves: A Novel

We Are Not Ourselves is a solid first novel, unsentimental, multi-layered, evocative of a lost world.


The Children Act

McEwan may disdain belief in the supernatural, but the powers he claims on behalf of literature must also be taken on faith.


De Potter's Grand Tour

Much of “De Potter’s Grand Tour” relies on an informational mode of telling that sounds like nonfiction, cheerfully descriptive and bristling with graphic details, if at the same time disengaged. Too often the effect is to keep the characters at arm’s length, as though we’re viewing them across a barrier of velvet ropes — as though we’re on a tour.


Mr. Tall: A Novella and Stories

This is different temporal and emotional terrain than “Jim the Boy,” and it’s a treat to watch a writer as talented as Earley explore it, rising tides, skunk apes and all.


Agent Storm: My Life Inside al Qaeda and the CIA

The result is a valuable window on both sides in a lethal underground war.


Station Eleven: A novel

If “Station Eleven” reveals little insight into the effects of extreme terror and misery on humanity, it offers comfort and hope to those who believe, or want to believe, that doomsday can be survived, that in spite of everything people will remain good at heart, and that when they start building a new world they will want what was best about the old.


Acceptance

With Area X, VanderMeer has created an immersive and wonderfully realized world; I wouldn’t be surprised if he revisits it. If so, I’ll happily sign up for the next expedition.