Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JEAN LUC PICARD by David A. Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Set a course far away from this book—maximum warp."
Goodman (The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, 2015, etc.) continues his series of in-universe memoirs by Star Trek captains. Read full book review >
FORBIDDEN SUNS by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The whole impressive enterprise roars and rattles along, thrilling, relentless, gripping, and utterly improbable: pure delight for fans."
Final part of Clark's (Forgotten Worlds, 2017, etc.) The Silence, a widescreen, all-action military/space opera trilogy in which giant alien jellyfish called the Blue-Blue-White threaten to exterminate all sentient life in the galaxy. Read full book review >

PULSE by Felix Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite all the heavy-handed foreshadowing, an efficient, steadily absorbing suspenser guaranteed to draw in even fans who can't stand horses."
A female lead, ailing but remarkably strong, joins all the males, many with similar profiles, who've helmed the storied father-and-son horse-racing franchise (Triple Crown, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
AFTERTASTE by Andrew Post
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A squishy bit of pulp horror with a hero whose loneliness just complements his lifelessness."
When a paranormal creature infiltrates a rural North Carolina backwater, a mysterious agency sends a dead guy to make things right, as one does. Read full book review >
DARK SIGNAL by Shannon Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Baker's follow-up to Stripped Bare (2016) pushes her franchise across the cold prairie landscape as steadily and professionally as a BNSF freight train, leaving readers eager for the next stop."
A newly minted Nebraska sheriff faces an unexpected challenge when a Burlington Northern/Santa Fe engineer is murdered on his train. Read full book review >

AN OLD, COLD GRAVE by Iona Whishaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A fascinating picture of a life in which many people spent every waking hour working and a disturbing look at the fate of orphaned children raise this mystery above the ordinary."
Anyone who yearns for the good old days should think twice before approaching this gritty tale. Read full book review >
INFINITE STARS by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A volume to dip into rather than read right through."
Fourteen new stories and 10 reprints, some of full novella length, hitching together two familiar themes, military science fiction and space opera. Read full book review >
NEXT OF KIN  by James Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Direct and fast-paced, Tucker's debut takes readers on an adventurous ride that extends from questions about custody of a young charge to an art deal that may have its roots in the exploitation of Jews in World War II."
A detective is pressed into guarding a 10-year-old boy who's the last surviving member of his family. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF WONDERS by Douglas Trevor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Well-made, erudite, often witty short stories from an accomplished veteran of the form."
Trevor's (Girls I Know, 2013) second book of stories is nimble and smart—bookish in a mostly good way. Read full book review >
MRS. JEFFRIES AND THE THREE WISE WOMEN  by Emily Brightwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Fans of Brightwell's venerable series (Mrs. Jeffries Rights a Wrong, 2017, etc.) will be delighted to revisit the clever sleuths as they wade through a plethora of suspects and motives in this pleasant holiday tale."
Victorian sleuths from every social stratum imaginable work in the background to solve cases. Read full book review >
A PLAGUE OF GIANTS  by Kevin Hearne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A genuine page-turner: dependable entertainment with no claims to profundity."
The author of Besieged (2017, etc.), kicks off a new doorstopper fantasy trilogy in which a peaceful continent suffers coincidental invasions by different giant races.Read full book review >
INFINITE GROUND by Martin  MacInnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Vividly suggestive and filled with haunting images, though probably best appreciated by readers with a strong taste for the avant-garde."
A missing persons case is merely the starting point for Scottish writer MacInnes' mind-bending debut, which takes impersonation, infection, and simulation as its metaphors for the unstable nature of reality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >