fiction

Jeremy Simmons is the founder and editor of the Cincinnati Book Review, providing critical literary analysis, currently focusing on fiction titles. 

Matthew Patrick: Downing Dora Nine

Feb 27, 2015

The United States Constitution was never ratified; the United States was never formed. Instead, North America is occupied by five separate Sovereign Nation-States that have evolved across a century of violence from the original thirteen colonies.

Shari Goldhagen: In Some Other World, Maybe

Jan 30, 2015

In December 1992, three separate groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie adaptation of a famous comic book. Over the next two decades, these characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy.

Partially set in Cincinnati, this razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

Kat Fugate: Intuitive

Jan 23, 2015

What if you had the power to bring someone you love back from the dead?

Intuitive, by local author and ​Middeltown high School teacher, ​Kat Fugate, tells the tale of Miah Rogers who never thought she’d be desperate to capture the past and hold it tightly in a mason jar. She never thought she’d be entering her senior year at Luken High wondering if she is a lunatic; but after her mom’s mysterious death and sightings of her mom’s ghost, she is a shell-shocked teenager.

Now, she must decide what kind of person she is: the kind of person who ignores the truth or the kind of person who is willing to stand up for what she knows is right.

Christopher Scotton: The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

Jan 16, 2015

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is the tale of an adult looking back on the summer when he sloughed the coverings of a boy and took his first faltering steps as a man among a rich cast of characters and an ambitious effort to reclaim a once great community deep in Appalachian Kentucky, deeply affected by mountaintop removal.

William Joyce: The Numberlys

Nov 28, 2014

Once upon a time there was no alphabet, only numbers…

Then The Numberlys started putting some numbers together. Removing a piece here. Adding a piece there. At first, it was awful. But the five kept at it, and soon it was…artful! One letter after another emerged, until there were twenty-six - and they were beautiful.

And when the letters entered the world, something truly wondrous began to happen…Pizza! Jelly beans! Color! Books!

Chris Baty: No Plot? No Problem!

Nov 14, 2014

Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling entitled No Plot? No Problem! Revised and Expanded Edition: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days.

Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure.

Note: In honor of National Novel Writing Month, there will be events held at several Joseph-Beth Booksellers and at numerous local libraries. Check your library's website for more information.

Brock Clarke: The Happiest People in the World

Nov 14, 2014

Take the format of a spy thriller, shape it around real-life incidents involving international terrorism, leaven it with dark, dry humor, toss in a love rectangle, give everybody a gun, and let everything play out in the outer reaches of upstate New York—there you have an idea of Brock Clarke’s new novel, The Happiest People in the World.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

As the story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive. 



A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

There is also a sequel now available: Hollow City: The Second Novel of miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.

Drawing on ten years of research in the trenches of Cleveland libraries, boarded-up high schools, and secret, private collections, and a love of comic books, Brad Ricca's Super Boys is the first ever full biography about Superman's creators.

Among scores of new discoveries, the book reveals the first stories and pictures ever published by the two, where the first Superman story really came from, the real inspiration for Lois Lane, the template for Superman's costume, and much, much more. Super Boys also tracks the boys' unknown, often mysterious lives after they left Superman, including Siegel's secret work during World War II and never-before-seen work from Shuster.

Brad Ricca will be at Carrico/Fort Thomas branch of Campbell County Public Library on Friday Nov 7 at 7pm.