News - Book Reviews

News - Book Reviews

September 16, 2021

Jennifer Marie Brissett’s upcoming novel DESTROYER OF LIGHT appeared on Book Riot’s list of the “20 Must-Read Space Fantasy Books.” TOR will publish the book October 12, 2021.

THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THEY LOVE YOU by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
September 9, 2021

THE ONES WHO DON'T SAY THEY LOVE YOU by Maurice Carlos Ruffin was lauded in a review in the Los Angeles Times. The reviewer writes:
“ While Ruffin’s stories can’t help but transport the reader to humid, sunken, decaying New Orleans, it’s too easy to say this book is merely a set of love songs to the city. What makes such collections ring true is the way they subvert conventional knowledge. For too long, tourism has been a shorthand for worldliness. While mass and social media offer a superficially cosmopolitan perspective on global culture, writers like Ruffin reveal that travel is often less about cultural immersion than blithe escapism . . . Time and again, Ruffin constructs a life’s history in the space of a page or two. His skill as a writer and his birthright as a New Orleanian equip him for the task. Masquerading is a way of life in the city, even outside Carnival season.” One World published the stories August 17, 2021.

VIRTUE by Hermione Hoby
August 27, 2021

Author of NEON IN DAYLIGHT Hermione Hoby’s second novel, VIRTUE, has received a wonderful review in the Times Literary Supplement. Calling the book “skillful” and “sharp,” the reviewer raves, “The chance to describe the specific beauty and badness of the world at a particular time keeps this story vital.” VIRTUE was also featured in the New York Times’ “At Home” newsletter as a recommended read. Riverhead published the novel on July 20, 2021.

REPRIEVE by James Han Mattson
August 20, 2021

James Han Mattson’s REPRIEVE has received a starred review from Booklist! The reviewer calls Mattson’s novel “a brilliant hybrid, a thought-provoking look at marginalization and systemic oppression expertly nestled inside a high-anxiety tale about the horror industry itself…This is a rare treat of a novel that will be devoured by fans of pulp horror titles like The Dark Game by Jonathan Janz (2019) and by those who like the juxtaposition of supernatural and real-world horrors found in the works of Victor LaValle.” William Morrow will publish REPRIEVE on October 5, 2021.

APPLESEED by Matt Bell
August 20, 2021

The Wall Street Journal praises Matt Bell’s APPLESEED. “You can take Mr. Bell’s book as warning or vision of hope, as myth or blueprint for the future,” writes the reviewer. “Either way, it’s everything sci-fi should be." This follows months of early buzz and outstanding reviews for the novel. APPLESEED was an IndieNext Pick and an Amazon BOTM. Esquire ran the first serial excerpt on 7/6/21. Finally, a glowing review was published in The New York Times Book Review: “Bell has achieved something special here. ‘Appleseed,’ a highly welcome addition to the growing canon of first-rate contemporary climate fiction, feels timely, prescient and true. Custom House published the book on July 13, 2021.

CASCADE by Craig Davidson
August 20, 2021

Publishers Weekly has awarded a starred review to Craig Davidson’s second short story collection CASCADE: “Throughout, the author displays deep empathy and conveys emotional resonance. The result is a blissful, wholly satisfying assemblage of cinematic stories, sure to please Davidson’s fans and attract newcomers.” W.W. Norton will publish the book on October 26, 2021.

SEARCH HISTORY by Eugene Lim
August 20, 2021

Author of DEAR CYBORGS Eugene Lim’s next book, SEARCH HISTORY, has received its second starred review, this time from Publishers Weekly! “[P]rofound and casually bonkers,” the reviewer says of Lim’s latest. “This brilliant sui generis takes storytelling to new heights.” Coffee House Press will publish SEARCH HISTORY on October 5, 2021.

CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota
August 9, 2021

2021 Booker Prize-finalist Sunjeev Sahota's CHINA ROOM continues to garner enthusiastic praise. The New Yorker reviewed the novel, writing that "Sahota is an enormously gifted writer… a bold storyteller who seems to have learned as many tricks from TV as from Tolstoy, and has a jeweler’s unillusioned eye for the goods." And in their review, the Wall Street Journal writes, “CHINA ROOM forges telling and skillful connections between the two very different eras, showing the ways that a place—a house, a room—can store up pieces of a remarkable past and release them, generations later, when someone comes looking.” Viking Books published the novel July 13, 2021.

July 30, 2021

DEAR CYBORGS author Eugene Lim’s next novel, SEARCH HISTORY, has received its first trade review—a starred review from Kirkus. They praise: “Lim’s ability to balance the fantastical with the heartfelt is what ultimately makes this book resonate. Lim brings together the mundane and the extraordinary to powerful effect.” The novel has also received no shortage of stunning blurbs. INSURRECTO author Gina Apostol writes: “Surveying our planetary wreck on Eugene Lim’s craft is to see our survival more clearly—through friendship’s grief, through love’s quest, through the bereaved trust that survivors must sustain in art.” Meanwhile, COUNTERNARRATIVES author John Keene raves: “SEARCH HISTORY, Eugene Lim’s new masterpiece, is a novel of such richness, inventiveness, and strangeness that it rewards multiple readings. Lim has found a way to capture both the pointed specificity of the internet and its Borgesian infiniteness, in order to tell a picaresque tale about race and American culture, artificial intelligence, artmaking, storytelling, and so much more. Oh, and then this is also a novel about a dog! SEARCH HISTORY is utterly original, from its opening pages to its final sentences.” Coffee House Press will publish the book on October 5, 2021.

July 30, 2021

PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST by David Hoon Kim received a glowing review in The Financial Times. They hail it as a "haunting and surreal debut [with] vividly drawn characters,” adding: “With a confidence rare for a debutant, Kim trusts readers to make the connections between the novel’s seemingly disparate scenes and to attend to the ripples that hint at turmoil just beneath the tranquil surface of Henrik’s prose…PARIS IS A PARTY, PARIS IS A GHOST, with its patchwork plot, otherworldly visitations, and high-wire performance of a tonal flatness that just fails to conceal the anguish beneath will likely try the patience of some readers too far. Those willing to immerse themselves in its mysterious and forlorn landscapes will be amply rewarded by this startlingly original debut.” Farrar, Straus, and Giroux will publish the novel on August 3, 2021.