Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE BORDER KEEPER by Kerstin Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2019

"An intriguing debut from a writer with the skills to create weird and wonderful worlds, this one is almost great."
A journey into an underworld filled with gods and demons, beauty and danger. Read full book review >
THE REDEMPTION OF TIME by Baoshu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2019

"A narrative that assumes far too much previous knowledge but ultimately finds an identity all its own."
A strange hybrid of a yarn that seeks to embellish and extend a universe created by another writer—in this case, Cixin Liu's superb Three Body Problem trilogy, which culminated in Death's End (2016). Read full book review >

NATIVE TONGUE by Suzette Haden Elgin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2019

"For women's studies majors and hardcore fans of old-school science fiction, and probably nobody else."
A feminist classic revived. Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER'S WAR by Tom Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2019

"A fantastic example of worldbuilding on a grand scale that combines cinematic action with historical accuracy to great effect."
An even more propulsive follow-up to emergency physician Miller's imaginative debut, The Philosopher's Flight (2018). Read full book review >
THE RAGE OF DRAGONS by Evan Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2019

"Hardcore fantasy fans will find this an absorbing, fast-paced table-setter."
The swords-and-sorcery genre deepens its presence on the African continent with this rough, tough page-turner replete with demons, dragons, and really bad dreams. Read full book review >

PURSUITS UNKNOWN by Ellen Clary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2019

"A sci-fi mystery tackled in style by a feisty canine-human detective team. "
Dogs and humans trying to stop high-tech data thieves find themselves facing a genocidal religious cult in this debut futuristic novel. Read full book review >
THE FALCONER by Darcy Pattison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2019

"An impressive fantasy sequel featuring a brave apprentice."
This second volume of a YA series focuses on a teenage girl, her gyrfalcon, and a promise made to her grandfather. Read full book review >
DENVER MOON by Warren Hammond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2019

"Another blistering installment with a cool, clever female lead."
In the continuation of this briskly paced sci-fi series, Mars private investigator Denver Moon investigates the possibility that invaders on the red planet are plotting to enslave human colonists. Read full book review >
ALPHA AND OMEGA by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2019

"Heady on one level and perturbing on quite another."
This, the latest from the prolific purveyor of alternate-world science fiction (Armistice, 2017, etc.), offers a startling premise: What if there was unequivocal proof that God exists? Read full book review >
THE BECKONING SHADOW by Katharyn Blair
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 2, 2019

"An extraordinary debut packed with richly drawn characters in a sure-to-entertain storyline. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A girl with magical powers enters a brutal tournament, trying to win a chance to rewrite her past. Read full book review >
WANDERERS by Chuck  Wendig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2019

"Wendig is clearly wrestling with some of the demons of our time, resulting in a story that is ambitious, bold, and worthy of attention."
What if the only way to save humanity was to lose almost everyone? Read full book review >
PROTECT THE PRINCE by Jennifer Estep
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2019

"The second book of the trilogy struggles with its own expectations, just like the heroine herself."
Estep returns to the fantasy setting established in Kill the Queen (2018) to follow the new queen as she embarks on a reign complicated by treachery and duty alike. 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 >