Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

NOUMENON INFINITY by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Sci-fi action and adventure held together by universally human themes; this is the genre at its very best."
The newly relaunched Convoy Seven and its crew of clones heads back to the distant star LQ Pyx and the mysterious alien structure surrounding it in this breathtaking sequel to Lostetter's critically acclaimed Noumenon (2017). Read full book review >
BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Consistently surprising and absorbing—just not for the usual reasons."
A new science-fiction venture from the award-winning Chinese author of the brilliant alien-contact trilogy concluded with Death's End (2016), whose readers, hopefully, learned to expect the unexpected. Read full book review >

MODERAN by David R. Bunch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A disturbing, stark, and deeply thought-provoking collection of stories chronicling humankind's demise into heartless automatons."
Originally published in the 1960s and '70s, Bunch's dystopian science-fiction stories, set in his signature realm of Moderan—a futuristic Earth covered in plastic and controlled by warring cyborg warlords—are available in one volume for the first time in 47 years. Read full book review >
PIERCING MAYBE by Dan Cray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Sumptuous sci-fi with originality to spare."
Cray's sci-fi thriller stars a heroine who battles a hidden race determined to curtail humanity's growth. Read full book review >
FORTITUDE RISING by A.M.  Bochnak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A studiously chilling post-apocalyptic tale."
In this dystopian debut, a woman with magical abilities longs to escape the influence of her scientist father, who wants to guide humanity's evolution. Read full book review >

THE FUTURE IS BLUE by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"Let the stories wash over you and just go with it."
Valente (Space Opera, 2018, etc.) collects her fablelike short works of fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy. Read full book review >
CONTAGION by Erin Bowman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 24, 2018

"A solid, creepy page-turner. (Science fiction/horror. 13-adult)"
A search-and-rescue mission on a hostile planet results in a horrific discovery in this dread-filled sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
SANCTUARY by Caryn Lix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 24, 2018

"Standard-issue corporate dystopia gives way to more compelling xenomorphic action and horror. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
A loyal corporate citizen teams up with the prisoners she guards at a space station jail for superpowered criminal teens. Read full book review >
KILL THE FARM BOY by Delilah S. Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring on laughing gas."
A rollicking fantasy adventure that upends numerous genre tropes in audacious style, the first installment of Dawson and Hearne's Tales of Pell series is a laugh-out-loud-funny fusion of Monty Python-esque humor and whimsy à la Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE NYX by Kameron Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"For established fans, a bittersweet reunion with old friends; for new readers, a reasonable enticement toward the superior novels of the series."
Hurley (The Stars Are Legion, 2017, etc.) collects five grim new adventures of Nyxnissa so Dasheem, disgraced ex-government assassin and current bloody-minded bounty hunter with an existing but deeply buried moral sense. Read full book review >
SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut."
A young magician who cannot cast magic must prove himself in other ways in the first installment of a new fantasy series from de Castell (Tyrant's Throne, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
CONFIRMATION by Barna William  Donovan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2018

"A captivating examination of humanity's fear of the unknown, with hints of sci-fi and fantasy."
Donovan (Conspiracy Films, 2011, etc.) ventures into fiction with this story of baffling stone globes suddenly appearing around the world and the ways in which the populace responds. 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 >