Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

GENESIS by Bellamy  Westbay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2018

"Characters continually evolve and astonish in this exceptional supernatural tale."
In the second installment of Westbay's (Revelations, 2018) fantasy series, an angel defies God and traverses multiple universes to save the mortal woman he loves. Read full book review >
THE THORN QUEEN by Elise  Holland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An effervescent fantasy crafted from the heart."
This middle-grade debut sees a young outcast discover her true potential while on a quest to save others. Read full book review >

STRANGE GRACE by Tessa Gratton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Horrifying, heartbreaking, and heartwarming, a lush fairy tale rooted in a moral quandary. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
When the needs of the many require the deaths of a few, three friends defy tradition. Read full book review >
THE IRON FLOWER by Laurie Forest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Though imperfect, the novel warns, 'Power changes everything'; those intrigued by Elloren's desire to halt 'the normal cycle of history' may wonder how this might change in Volume 3. (map) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Thoroughly committed to the anti-Gardnerian Resistance, aspiring apothecary Elloren Gardner also struggles with the question of committing to a man—and if so, which one? Read full book review >
WILDCARD by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A fast, intense, phenomenal read. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
The fate of free will hangs in the balance as Emika must choose a side in this sequel to Warcross (2017). Read full book review >

ROSEWATER by Tade Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A captivating, cerebral work of science fiction that may very well signal a new definitive voice in the genre."
When a detective with psychic powers begins to investigate a mysterious sickness plaguing those like him, he uncovers sinister truths that may very well call into question the survival of the human race. Read full book review >
DICKENSEN ACADEMY by Christine  Grabowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"An enjoyable teen fantasy involving a school for telepathy."
A debut YA novel tells the story of a boarding school with a strange secret. Read full book review >
STATE TECTONICS  by Malka Older
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Satisfying as a novel, anxiety-inducing as a comment on our society."
Older wraps up her trilogy of near-future thrillers (Null States, 2017, etc.) that focus on the influence of news on politics. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DOG by Lark Benobi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2018

"A fantasy tale with unforgettable characters and a convincing, insightful message."
In Benobi's (After, 2005, as Claire Tristram) allegorical novel, a mysterious toxin turning people into animals turns out to be a sign of the Apocalypse. Read full book review >
THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR by Gene Doucette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Not so much a vision of a complicated future as a warmhearted ode to a simpler time and place in a community so small that everybody knows everybody else's business."
Doucette's genial, leisurely novel feels like a throwback to the squeaky clean science fiction of the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Not altogether satisfying, but Hamilton expertly keeps his audience coming back for more."
First of a projected alien-contact trilogy from one of the leading purveyors (A Night Without Stars, 2016, etc.) of doorstopper space operas—although this one squeezes in at a positively emaciated 576 pages. Read full book review >
TIMELESS by R.A. Salvatore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Salvatore fans will rejoice."
The beginning of a new fantasy trilogy by Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, 2018, etc.), set in the Forgotten Realms and starring Drizzt Do'Urden, the renowned dark elf whose first name sounds like a comic-book electrical short circuit. 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 >