"Avengers: Age of Ultron," premiering May 1, introduces four major villains -- three of them destined to be Avengers themselves.
In the comics, anyway. What happens in the movie is yet to be seen. But from the avalanche of advance material, it seems that director Joss Whedon will channel the spirit of the comics, if not the specifics.
David Walton Pyr
Reviewed by Steven Levingston, who is the nonfiction editor of The Washington Post Book World. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's not the kind...Read more
Farrar Straus Giroux
Reviewed by Adam Kirsch, who is the author most recently of "Rocket and Lightship: Essays on Literature and Ideas."
Most Americans' lives are totally ...Read more
Reviewed by Wendy Smith, who is a contributing editor at the American Scholar and reviews books frequently for the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington ...Read more
Reviewed by Steven Moore, who is a critic. His latest book is "William Gaddis: Expanded Edition."
In 2009, Reif Larsen wowed the literary world with "The ...Read more
Mairtin O. Cadhain. Translated by Alan Titley
Reviewed by Michael Dirda, who reviews books for The Washington Post on Thursdays.
Almost every novel carries dust-jacket endorsements ...Read more
"Marching Home: Union Veterans and their Unending Civil War" by Brian Matthew Jordan; Liveright (384 pages, $28.95)
Although the Civil War ended 150 years ago, interest in the conflict has never faded. Perhaps this is not surprising. Those who lived through the war and its aftermath dealt with issues that are still central to the nation's life....Read more
If the Barack Obama story is about carving out an identity from a multicultural, biracial upbringing with an absent father, then the Michelle LaVaughn Robinson story is about how to be black and successful in America, as well as how to be successful and black. In other words: How does a black girl from South Side of Chicago get to Harvard Law ...Read more
In the opening pages of "The Turner House" -- Angela Flournoy's wonderful debut novel about an African-American family with 13 children set in 2008 Detroit -- the eldest of them is tussling with a ghostly haint, come to pull him out the window of the Turner family home.
It's 1958; Cha-Cha, as he's known, is then just 14. But this specter isn't ...Read more
"Every Fifteen Minutes" by Lisa Scottoline; St. Martin's (448 pages, $27.99)
Lisa Scottoline, who seems to own permanent spots on best-sellers lists, made her career with engrossing legal thrillers featuring strong characters and hefty plots. That approached earned her the nickname of "the female John Grisham."
Scottoline shows she's just as ...Read more