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LitStack Review: The Trials by Linda Nagata

The Trials Linda Nagata Saga Press Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4814-4095-0 NOTE:  This review, by necessity, contains spoilers for the first book in the series, The Red:  First Light. The Trials is the second book of Linda Nagata’s marvelous military sci-fi series, “The Red Trilogy”.  It picks up about five months after The […]

The Trials

LitStack Review: Nightwise by R. S. Belcher

Nightwise R. S. Belcher Tor Books Release Date:  August 18, 2015 ISBN 978-0-7653-7460-8 Wow.  What a difference a bit of experience makes. I read R. S. Belcher’s debut novel, The Six Gun Tarot, shortly after it came out, and was very impressed with this supernatural Western thriller/morality tale, and especially with Mr. Belcher’s skill in […]


Jackie Collins, 1937 – 2015

Bestselling author Jackie Collins, who in 2013 was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to fiction and charity, died on Saturday of breast cancer.  She was 77. Ms. Collins wrote hugely popular romance novels depicting the glamour and debauchery of high society Hollywood.  She wrote 32 novels, all […]


2015 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

After a week of reveals, we have a complete list of finalists for each of the four categories of the National Book Awards.  They include: FICTION: A Cure for Suicide by Jesse Ball Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg Refund by Karen E. Bender The Turner House by Angela Flournoy Fates and […]

Natl Book Award Fiction Finalists 2015

LitStack Recs: Blue Nights & Beautiful Ruins

Blue Nights, by Joan Didion Joan Didion is an author I’ve long revered, whose books have had a titanic effect on me. But when Blue Nights came out in 2011, I couldn’t bring myself to read it. The memoir is a counterpart to Didion’s 2005 memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking, which tracks the aftermath […]


2015 Man Booker Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary award has just been announced, and the six finalists are: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaica) Satin Island by Tom McCarthy (UK) The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (UK) A Spool of Blue Thread […]

Man Booker shortlist 2015