Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

ARTEMIS by Andy Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"One small step, no giant leaps."
Weir (The Martian, 2014) returns with another off-world tale, this time set on a lunar colony several decades in the future. Read full book review >
CROSSTOWN by Loren W. Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"This book attempts to tackle some provocative ideas about the nature of power but lacks the suspense needed to keep the reader interested in hearing them."
A story of murder and revenge set in a world where anything is possible. Read full book review >

THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A.  Chakraborty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Highly impressive and exceptionally promising."
A rich Middle Eastern fantasy, the first of a trilogy: Chakraborty's intriguing debut. Read full book review >
THE BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Readers who know their World War II history and enjoy extremely unreliable narrators will find great satisfaction in puzzling out the truth behind the horrors Jess leaves unspoken. (Alternate history. 15-adult)"
Jessika is an upstanding schoolgirl in the English countryside of the Greater German Reich. Read full book review >
ICE by Anna Kavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction."
This 50th-anniversary edition of a novel about a surreal pursuit through an apocalyptic world should bring new attention to Kavan (1901-1968; Who Are You, 1963, etc.), a writer of intense imagination. Read full book review >

THE SLEEPING SEER by Morgan  Blue Malory
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A meticulous and singular story about seers that's slowed by extensive dialogue."
A debut urban fantasy novel follows two siblings in Pennsylvania. Read full book review >
THE SPEAKER  by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Filled with even more magic and intrigue than its predecessor, this is a gripping follow-up that will leave readers speculating and wanting more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
The adventure continues in Chee's second installment of the Sea of Ink and Gold series. Read full book review >
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN by Neil Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories about AI, reinventing old tropes and making us revisit the eternal question of what it is to be human."
Clarke, the publisher of Clarkesworld magazine, compiles 27 tales of artificial humans and what we see of ourselves in them. Read full book review >
THE OVERNEATH by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A masterful collection from a short story master—a must-read for Beagle fans."
Beagle's latest collection of short stories includes 13 fantasy gems and features many previously uncollected and never-before-published works. Read full book review >
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"We'll give Gardner's narrator the last word on this terrific superhero adventure: 'Spectacularity ensued.'"
The origin story of badass Canadian superheroes fated to defend humanity against a dark scourge. Naturally. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF LUCK by Catherine  Cerveny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A well-crafted world with a promising heroine, but hopefully the sequels will spend less time describing the love interest's blue eyes."
In the year 2950, Romani tarot card reader Felicia Sevigny discovers she's at the heart of a sinister plot to manipulate human genetics in Cerveny's debut. Read full book review >
STRANGE MUSIC by Alan Dean Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Nondescript entertainment, especially if you find the notion of yodeling Yodas appealing."
Another adventure for empathic fix-it operatives Flinx and Pip, in a series that's been appearing sporadically since 1972 (most recently Flinx Transcendent, 2009). 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 >