November 27, 2013 A determined travel writer sets out to produce the first guide to a mysterious middle-European country in Gene Wolfe's new The Land Across. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says Wolfe mixes Kafka-esque mystery and paranoia with dark supernatural influences for "supposedly realistic novel that gives off the feel of a closely viewed dream."
October 26, 2013 J. Michael Lennon's mammoth new Norman Mailer: A Double Life draws on 25 years of access to its subject. Reviewer Alan Cheuse — himself a Mailer fan — says the biography is a "satisfying experience" that reads almost as if it came directly from the writer himself.
October 15, 2013 Anne Rice has just released the second book in her "Wolf Gift" series, The Wolves of Midwinter. It continues the story of a young San Francisco journalist bitten by a werewolf. Critic Alan Cheuse says that while the dialogue is stilted at times, he's enjoyed watching Rice create another world of "strangeness and transformations."
October 3, 2013 Critic Alan Cheuse remembers Tom Clancy, hailed by many as the father of the military techno-thriller. Beginning in 1984 with The Hunt for Red October, Cheuse says Clancy created a "hero for our time" in CIA agent turned President Jack Ryan and wrote "dozens of books that seem more real than reality itself."