Bookshots: 'The String Diaries' by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Bookshots: 'The String Diaries' by Stephen Lloyd Jones

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky July 7, 2014
A mainstream page-turner about a shape-shifting killer chasing love across the ages. Also, the people trying to get away from him.
Bookshots: 'California' by Edan Lepucki

Bookshots: 'California' by Edan Lepucki

Review by Ryan Peverly July 7, 2014
In dystopian America, a couple flees what used to be L.A. for the wilderness, and, along the way, stumble upon weird connections to their past and make difficult decisions about their future.
Bookshots: 'Endangered' by Jean Love Cush

Bookshots: 'Endangered' by Jean Love Cush

Review by BH Shepherd
A concise review of the novel "Endangered" by Jean Love Cush.
Bookshots: 'The Fever' by Megan Abbott

Bookshots: 'The Fever' by Megan Abbott

Review by Christopher Shultz June 18, 2014
The follow-up to 2012's well-received 'Dare Me' is damn good. What else can I say?
Bookshots: 'Monster's Chef' by Jervey Tervalon

Bookshots: 'Monster's Chef' by Jervey Tervalon

Review by Naturi Thomas-Millard June 12, 2014
A fast-paced novel about the dark side of celebrity: scandalous parties, tailor-made drugs, cloistered, mute wives and...animal shaped grilled cheese sandwiches?
Bookshots: 'Shirley' by Susan Scarf Merrell

Bookshots: 'Shirley' by Susan Scarf Merrell

Review by Cath Murphy June 12, 2014
What appears to be an ordinary mystery turns into something much weirder. But then this novel is about Shirley 'The Lottery' Jackson.
Bookshots: 'Inside Madeleine' by Paula Bomer

Bookshots: 'Inside Madeleine' by Paula Bomer

Review by Leah Rhyne June 11, 2014
'Inside Madeleine', a collection of short stories by Paula Bomer, takes you into the world of troubled young women. It's anything but pretty...
Bookshots: 'The Silent History'

Bookshots: 'The Silent History' by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby, Kevin Moffett

Review by Joshua Chaplinsky June 10, 2014
A novel based on the award winning app about an epidemic of silence.
Bookshots: 'Pills and Starships' by Lydia Millet

Bookshots: 'Pills and Starships' by Lydia Millet

Review by Dean Fetzer
Global warming's gone mad and old people want to die - so what does that leave the kids?
Bookshots: 'Us Conductors' by Sean Michaels

Bookshots: 'Us Conductors' by Sean Michaels

Review by Stephanie Bonjack
Follow the unexpected journey of Theremin inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen from Moscow to Prohibition New York to a gulag in the Russian taiga. There's a love story and espionage too.
Bookshots: 'Crystal Eaters' by Shane Jones

Bookshots: 'Crystal Eaters' by Shane Jones

Review by Brian McGackin June 9, 2014
al•le•go•ry, \ˈa-lə-ˌgȯr-ē\, noun: a story in which the characters and events are symbols that stand for ideas about human life or for a political or historical situation. [Merriam-Webster]
Bookshots: 'J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist' by Thomas Beller

Bookshots: 'J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist' by Thomas Beller

Review by Keith Rawson June 4, 2014
Is Thomas Beller's slim biography of J.D. Salinger a worthwhile window into the immortal writer's life, or will you want to escape its pages as quickly as possible?
Bookshots: 'FaceOff' Edited by David Baldacci

Bookshots: 'FaceOff' Edited by David Baldacci

Review by Leah Dearborn
The stories in 'FaceOff' include a chase for a pervert who really likes milk, the deathbed confession of a Mod punk from sixties Brighton, and a cameo by R.L. Stine’s Slappy the Dummy.
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression

Bookshots: 'The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression' by Amity Shlaes and Paul Rivoche

Review by Dean Fetzer
A graphic novel primer of the political and economic events during America's Great Depression of the 1930s.
Bookshots: "Frog Music" by Emma Donoghue

Bookshots: 'Frog Music' by Emma Donoghue

Review by Christopher Shultz
This book is not a crime novel, not really. That doesn't mean it's a bad book.
Bookshots: 'Cold in July' by Joe R. Lansdale

Bookshots: 'Cold in July' by Joe R. Lansdale

Review by Chris Rosales
Bookshots: Cold in July. The novel that inspired the new film by the same name.
Bookshots: "The Galaxy Club" by Brendan Connell

Bookshots: "The Galaxy Club" by Brendan Connell

Review by Brian McGackin
Once upon a few decades ago there was a desert man fish king oasis nailed to the cross witch witch fight the Demon Taming Stick sir stab him in the throat do you know where their treasure is?
Bookshots: 'The Possibilities' by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Bookshots: 'The Possibilities' by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Review by Tiffany Turpin Johnson
Single mother Sarah just lost her only son to a skiing accident and thinks she'll never feel normal again, until his secret girlfriend turns up with an even bigger secret in her womb.
Bookshots: 'Between Wrecks' by George Singleton

Bookshots: 'Between Wrecks' by George Singleton

Review by Christine J. Schmidt May 13, 2014
George Singleton's short story collection checks glamor at the door.
Bookshots: 'The Transcriptionist' by Amy Rowland

Bookshots: 'The Transcriptionist' by Amy Rowland

Review by Teeney Hood
Lena, a transcriptionist for a New York daily, has a chance encounter with a woman who later commits suicide. Compelled to find out about this woman, Lena begins to question her own life.
Bookshots: 'Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story' by Asa Akira

Bookshots: 'Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story' by Asa Akira

Review by Keith Rawson
Is Asa Akira's 'Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story' just another porn queen gone rotten bio, or does it rise to the top of the heap and break new ground?
Bookshots: "Untamed" by Will Harlan

Bookshots: "Untamed" by Will Harlan

Review by BH Shepherd
A brief review of Untamed by Will Harlan.
Bookshots: 'The Noble Hustle' by Colson Whitehead

Bookshots: 'The Noble Hustle' by Colson Whitehead

Review by Leah Dearborn May 5, 2014
It’s not necessary to know about poker, or even to have a strong interest in the game in order to enjoy Whitehead’s textured writing and deadpan sarcasm.
Bookshots: "The Stonehenge Letters" by Harry Karlinsky

Bookshots: "The Stonehenge Letters" by Harry Karlinsky

Review by Brian McGackin April 24, 2014
Mystery! Intrigue! Completely fabricated historical anecdotes!
Bookshots: 'Lovecraft's Monsters' edited by Ellen Datlow

Bookshots: 'Lovecraft's Monsters' edited by Ellen Datlow

Review by Rajan Khanna
In 'Lovecraft's Monsters,' editor Ellen Datlow manages to avoid pastiche and keep the stories fresh while still honoring H. P. Lovecraft's legacy.