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Two Tudor sisters fight for a throne – and love – in the latest historical fiction from Kensington Books
Marvel’s pint-sized Old West gunslinger gets his first ‘essential’ volume!
An epic history of America’s foreign policy-making, from a defeated King George III to a defeated Saddam Hussein, with every dictator, diplomat, and sometimes befuddled President in between.
Julie Kagawa’s evocative, addictive teen series concludes the way all her fans hoped it would: with Ash’s story.
A new translation raises old questions about the greatest epic of them all.
Before he wrote the novels that made him famous, Ford Madox Ford wrote Tudor fiction – and this great stuff is now offered to readers again.
A spirited and enterprising widow returns to London and finds herself locking horns with the cardsharp lord who crossed her path three years before in Vienna …
The latest gritty, violent, sarcastic military science fiction novel from Joe Abercrombie
The mighty Avengers – past, present, and yet to come – team up with Kang the Conqueror to save the present from the marauding future. Dramamine not included.
A big, bustling new history of China, now out in paperback
A flinty new account of a pivotal year in the American Revolution
They were for King, country, and courtesans – not necessarily in that order! They were the Cavaliers, and a spirited new book tells their story.
She nearly doubled the size of the Russian empire, she debated with philosophers, she endowed the first women’s college in Russia, and she was a beloved mother to her people for 34 years – and she had a steady stream of lovers through it all. She was Catherine the Great.
Arcade Publishing re-issues Frank McLynn’s merrily magnificent biography of that pestiferous little Corsican!
Two new linked “Star Trek” novels dramatize a pivotal event in the fictional universe of the beloved TV show – Earth’s first war with the Romulans!
A beautifully illustrated examination of one Venetian nobleman’s life-long wrangling with the experts over the public face of the Queen of the Adriatic.
A new romance makes beefcake from the least likely material imaginable, treasure-hunting goblins
One of the greatest works of 20th century – and of all time – gets a handsome paperback reprint as it turns 50.
A gigantic new paperback examines every nook and cranny of Darwin’s famous theory, still controversial after 150 years.
T. H. White’s towering, sad, uplifting tale of King Arthur, Merlyn, Guenever, and Lancelot gets a beautiful Penguin reprint
A handsome re-issue of the best English-language translation of Lucretius’ famous (and famously scatter-brained) poem
X-Men fans new and old can rejoice in this hefty re-issued collection of classic tales
A beautiful new book on one of the most recognizable and evocative of all birds, the barn owl
New in paperback: an excellent dual biography of one of history’s most famous couples.
A sharply realistic new history of the Norman invasion and conquest of England
An ambitious historical novel (about the Jewish fortress of Masada) from a well-loved contemporary novelist
A revisionary new account takes a hammer to every cherished myth about the heroic last stand at the Alamo.
A lively new biography of the artist whose work – and life – lives on the borderland of light and dark
A lively and refreshingly blunt novel about one of the most fascinating – and polarizing – women in ancient history
A new series of eye-opening Shakespeare paperbacks, suitable for bus, train, and trolley.
A quietly stunning new biography of England’s infamous “Bloody Mary”
A new Star Trek novel attempts to answer some old Star Trek questions
Sooner or later, Harvard’s glorious I Tatti Renaissance Library gets around to everybody.
A stunning – and miraculously hopeful – update to DK’s legendary guide to animals
Mallory meets Mike Hammer in the latest Eddie LaCrosse adventure
Romance author Virginia Henley talks with Open Letters about history, human nature, and a certain four-letter word
The truth is stranger – and more welcome – than fiction in Romance legend Virginia Henley’s latest.
Writer Jim Krueger, artist Doug Braithwaite, and fan-favorite superhero painter Alex Ross create the ultimate Justice League adventure.
A new history of ancient Rome’s greatest adversary, the doomed empire of Carthage.
The paperback release of Michael Cunningham’s latest novel, a deft portrait of middle-aged might-have-been lust
An engrossing novel featuring the boy-pharaoh Tutankhamun and his steely chief of detectives, Rahotep.
All for one and one straight to HBO2! Huzzah!
Now in paperback: a fascinating look at the intellectual Dark Ages (i.e. before Wikipedia)
The murder of an American tourist in Cape Town propels this well-made thriller, the latest paperback from an internationally popular writer.
Joining the innumerable hosts of Byron biographies, a new book looks at the heartthrob poet’s brief but legendary sojourn to Geneva
A quick Q & A with Justin Gustainis, author of the Morris and Chastain novels, on fame, devils, and holy scripture
In their latest outing, intrepid paranormal investigators Morris and Chastain look into an American presidential candidate who seems too good to be true.
A terrific new fantasy novel set in an alternate 15th century Venice.
In Danielle Steel’s latest, a celebrity hostess and an aging football hero both wonder if they’re too old to fall in love again.
An anthology volume from a titan of the Christian fiction genre
The long-awaited re-issue of one of the greatest, most triumphantly inventive vampire novels of all time.
A compact and lively history of superhero comics, from one of the most popular writers currently working in the industry.
A zippy summertime adventure story featuring hissable bad guys, sexy good guys, a man-made plague of zombies, and an explosion or two.
An involving new historical novel about the legendary (and all too real) Eleanor of Aquitaine.
The Greenland settlements founded by the infamous Erik the Red lasted for centuries – and then failed. A new history tackles an old mystery
One of the greatest adventures of the Legion of Super-Heroes, now in a sturdy hardcover volume!
A powerful debut novella about lust and the deceits of yearning.
We talk with William Martin, author of the newly re-released “Citizen Washington”
Twelve years after its first appearance, “Citizen Washington,” a historical novel by bestselling author William Martin, gets an attractive new paperback just in time for about a million American summer vacations.
Shelby Foote’s massive three-volume military history of the Civil War is re-issued for the 150th anniversary of the war’s beginning.
In a Victorian London gripped by the trial of Oscar Wilde for gross indecency, someone is preying on young men, and Douglas Shrove, scion of an illustrious family, is next – and doesn’t know who to trust.
The paperback release of the Hollywood heartthrob’s debut story collection
The latest in the ongoing adventures of Shakespeare – JOHN Shakespeare, master-spy to Queen Elizabeth I.
A handsome new paperback of the book that gave birth to a multi-million dollar industry: the modern-day myth that is “Tarzan of the Apes.”
A paperback re-issue of the first instalment in the adventures of John Carter, gentleman of Virginia and superhuman warlord of distant Mars!
Lt. Peter Thornton of the 18th century British Navy has a problem more threatening than storms or pirates or cannon-fire: he’s gay, and he’s in love with his captain.
A new history examines the problems the Allies faced when they took on the job of occupying a defeated Germany in 1945.
A canny and engaging children’s book about a pair of enterprising kids trying to make sense of a magical realm where their homework actually matters.
A great translation of one of the “Four Great Classical Chinese Novels” is given a carefully-revised and gorgeously produced reprint by Tuttle Publishing.
Unfamiliar characters like the Angel, the Phantom Bullet, and John Steele join the Human Torch, the Sub-Mariner, and Captain America in the birth of the Marvel Age of Super-Heroes
An interview with the author of the debut novel “The Good Thief”
A heartfelt novel tells the story of the “Good Thief” who was crucified alongside Jesus at Calvary.
Queen of the Nile, Queen of the Damned? “Queen of Kings” teaches a valuable lesson about not judging a book by its killer hook.
The latest epic collection of fantasy art in the Spectrum series features hundreds of weird visions (and half a dozen very different trips over the rainbow).
A massive, lively, entertaining work by Boccaccio that isn’t “The Decameron”
A new fantasy series about a sexy druid (two thousand years young) fighting supernatural threats in present-day Arizona.
New in paperback: a book that illuminates the slightly abstruse joys of scholarship.
The fabled Walter Simonson issues of “The Mighty Thor” are finally collected in one massive volume – and they’ve never looked better.
An excellent new biography gives us the man behind the so-called Iron Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck
The first volume of a fantasy series set in a richly-imagined world of woolly mammoths and exotic tribesmen.
A new collection of short stories is set in an American West that’s masculinely bleak – or is it bleakly masculine?
The first book in a new vampire series shows all the veteran author’s signature strengths.
Overlook Press publishes a powerful and disturbing posthumous work by Andre Schwarz-Bart, author of the masterpiece “The Last of the Just”
An interesting – if problematic – collection of short stories by the author of “Metrophilias”
Now published in paperback: a fantastic annotated edition of Charles Darwin’s eternally-relevant bombshell, “On the Origin of Species”
An immensely enjoyable new book looks at four women who ruled England in the centuries before Queen Elizabeth I.
Steve Donoghue grapples with the initial irritations and eventual pleasures of Joanna Smith Rakoff’s A Fortunate Age: “The process that changes your reaction will be familiar to anyone who’s ever been seduced by New York (a sordid, delectable experience that can happen repeatedly throughout your life – and against which there is no known vaccine).”
In her latest novel, Jennifer Haigh explores the impact of the Boston Catholic Church sex abuse scandal on the lives of one close-knit family.
There is nothing conventional about Christina Mengert’s new book of poetry, nor can it be read the same way twice.
Prolific author Richard Ellis returns with a gripping new book about the monster from Melville, the mysterious and majestic sperm whale.
David Brooks’ new book presents us with Harold and Erica, two characters who are meant to represent the way we live now. The results are quasi-fictional, at best.
A novel about the woman who came heart-breakingly close to founding a new Tudor dynasty.
A provocative and fascinating new book challenges what we think we know about the causes and nature of the First World War.
In his early 20s, James Boswell kept a journal of his riotous, entertaining life in London, and it’s now in an updated version from Penguin Classics.
Norse saga and werewolf yarn combine in the debut of a fast-paced, smart, and violent new fantasy series.
The rabble-rousing jeremiad is alive and well in the self-publishing world, as this new anti-politician broadside demonstrates!
The dashing, omni-competent Will Swyfte returns to swash some further buckles in Mark Chadbourn’s new alternate-history fantasy novel.
The famous Civil War diarist, whose eloquent pessimism was given voice in Ken Burns’s “The Civil War”, receives a much-needed repackaging by Penguin Classics
C.W. Gortner kicks off his potboiling Tudor chronicles with a fast-paced novel of conspiracy (and, of course, shrouded paternity) in the court of Edward VI
A favorite from the thriving genre of fiction based on the Man of Steel is reissued by Ballantine Books
In his review of the “Annotated U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence,” Abraham Benrubi helps us to understand how these two essential documents of our country have came to be created.
In his review of “Birds of Eastern North America,” Tuc Macfarland explains the benefits and enjoyment of this informative guide on Birds of Eastern North America written by Paul Sterry and Brian E. Small.
I cruise a constellation of blogs written by authors who primarily (even, exclusively) write horror, science fiction, and/or fantasy. While I justify this use of my time as a practical interest in “the industry,” my …
In his review of The Definitive Prince Valiant Companion, Khalid Ponte tell us about the dynamic partnership of Brian Kane and Hal Foster.
In his review of The Silver Skull – Swords of Albion, Khalid Ponte travels back to a more adventurous (and rather sexier) time.
In his review of Great White, Tuc Macfarland shows us how author James Fallows intrigues us with the “unknown” facts about these universally feared creatures.
In his review of Vampire Stories, Khalid Ponte illustrates why readers should not judge a book by either its cover or its gimmick.
John D’Agata continues his exploration of the essay with a big new anthology. Steve Donoghue reviews The Lost Origins of the Essay.
John Freeman writes a heartfelt manifesto against email and Steve Donoghue reviews it
David Slavitt produces a new translation of Ariosto Furioso. Steve Donoghue reviews.
In this review of How Some People Like Their Eggs, the author breaks down all that’s irresistible about Sean Lovelace’s witty prose.
In her review of Bone Warriors, Leah Lambrusco highlights the book’s twists and turns, some more convincing than others.
Matthew Simmons’ novell A Jello Horse maps the fortunes of an enigmatic crew known only by their initials. John Madera reviews.
In her review of The Demon’s Lexicon, Leah Lambrusco illustrates this novel’s supernatural effects on the reader.
In his review of Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs, Chris Tonelli explains the mesmerism of Ellen Kennedy’s prose
Steve Hely’s How I Became a Famous Novelist tells the tale of a writer/’content manager’. Steve Donoghue reviews.
“You always felt time as a tangible heartbeat in the mountains. The days were short.” Dive into Ron Carlson’s novel, The Signal, by starting with this review by Sam Sacks.
In his review of An Expensive Education, Sam Sacks unearths the vast geopolitical conspiracies being hatched in Nick McDonell’s Harvard.
In her review of the movie I Love You, Beth Cooper, Sarah Hudson shares her thoughts on the highs and deep lows of the adolescent rom-com
In his review of The Evolution of God, Ignazio de Vega illustrates how Robert Wright investigates the origins of humankind’s notions of God.
Sarah Hudson reviews Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, scrambled plot and all: “The exquisite production deserves to be seen on a big screen but no one will blame you if you sit this one out.”
Lambrusco describes Peter Abrahams’s Reality Check, as “so gripping, so smart, and so completely worthwhile.”
Steve Donoghue explores why eminent historian Frank McLynn’s “Heroes & Villains is easily the most frustrating book he’s ever written.”
In his review of BoneMan’s Daughters, Steve Donoghue takes Ted Dekker to task, writing, “the experience is constantly given an extra-gummy sheen by carrying a freight of Biblical and quasi-Biblical double meanings.”
Garrett Handley reviews Helen Hackett’s “Shakespeare and Elizabeth”: “Luckily, in the hybridity which governs this book, the fun always wins out.”
In his review of In the Courts of the Sun, Khalid Ponte discusses sci-fi conventions, time travel, plague, and the Mayan calendar
Steve Donoghue reviews the structurally bold gay novel “Before I Lose My Style”.
Steve Donoghue review “The Great Perhaps,” “Joe Meno’s best book to date by several orders of magnitude.”
Find out more about Danisi and Jackson’s biography of Meriwether Lewis by reading Steve Donoghue’s informing review: “but we know what kind of a book Danisi and Jackson have written: meaty, entertaining, and best of all, definitive.”
Into the Beautiful North, writes Steve Donoghue, is “a strong, sensitive, wonderful novel, one richly deserving of wide success.”
Steve Donoghue digs into Donald Breckenridge’s stylistically arresting “You Are Here”
“Patient Zero is full of sharp dialogue, rapid-fire action, fascinating (and, the author somewhat disturbingly promises us, entirely fact-based) patho-science, and a wide array of deftly drawn characters.”
If a book of this unsettling oddness and power can be found, virtually at random, on the lists of one self-publish print-on-demand outfit, we might well lie awake wondering what else we’re missing, out there in the sprawling infinitude of computers and ISBNs.
In John Cotter’s review of Brian Evenson’s Last Days, he states, “I came to it looking for a quick and disturbing shocker. And it satisfied. That’s something real.”
In his review of, Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, Steve Donoghue explains why this book might make you want to “punch” the author…
In his review of a new biography of Philip II of Macedonia, Steve Donoghue encourages readers, “Those interested in ancient history – and yes, Alexander fans – are urged not to miss it.”
John Wray’s Lowboy enters the New York subway system. Steve Donoghue follows it.
In 2006 Pluto was officially taken off the list of planets. Neil deGrasse Tyson relates the ex-planet’s story.
Lauren Groff’s Delicate Edible Bird is a story collection packaged for women readers but of interest to any reader
Patrick McCabe’s new novel imagines the life of Irish playboy Christopher McCool. Sam Sacks reviews The Holy City.
Francisco Coloane’s collection of short stories takes readers into little-visited corners of southern Chile. Sam Sacks reviews Tierra del Fuego.
Paul McCartney doesn’t need to worry about his legacy, but he is worried. Perhaps The Beatles Anthology (both book and three (double-disk) CD sets) was the first indication, but Wingspan, a Wings greatest hits compilation …
In Keith Lee Morris’ novel, a rogues gallery of characters come together at a league dart tournament. Sam Sacks reviews.
Neither of Curtis Sittenfeld’s two previous books, Prep or The Man of My Dreams , gave her readers any hint of the subtlety, wit, and sheer storytelling power that is so abundantly on display in her latest novel. Steve Donoghue dives in.
Peter Beagle’s classic The Last Unicorn turns 50. Alice Murphy reviews.
Lewis Lockwood’s Beethoven lectures result in this book about the master’s string quartets. Elizabeth Hardy reviews.
For a year in the mid 1970s George H.W. Bush was the head of the United States Liaison Office in China. Steve Donoghue laments the contrast they make with his incurious son.
Mohammed Hanif’s debut raises the specter of Joseph Heller. Steve Donoghue reviews A Case of Exploding Mangoes
Stephen L. Carter’s Palace Council occupies the rarefied territory of the 1960s Harlem elite. Sam Sacks reviews.
Richard Bausch takes his talents to Italy in World War II. Sam Sacks reviews Peace.
Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland combine September 11 and cricket. Steve Donoghue reviews.
N.T. Wright’s book of theology earns its allusion to C.S. Lewis’ Surprised by Joy. Steve Donoghue reviews.
Richard Grant take a trip to the hellhole of the Sierra Madre a (barely) lives to tell about it
Does Peter Leonard’s thriller “Quiver” stand up to the work of his famous father Elmore?
Jonathan Coe’s The Rain Before it Falls tells the multigenerational tale of women from World War II to the present era
Tony Earley’s sequel to Jim the Boy is as rich and powerful as its predecessor. Sam Sacks reviews The Blue Star.
Russell Banks pens a Lost Generation fairy tale. Sam Sacks reviews The Reserve