Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

OUTCASTS OF ORDER  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt's universe, if only for a few hours or days."
Second part of the trilogy (The Mongrel Mage, 2017) embedded in the Recluce fantasy series in which white chaos magic and black order magic coexist—often violently. Read full book review >
THE GREY BASTARDS  by Jonathan French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"An addictively readable—and undeniably cool—fantasy masterwork."
French's adrenaline-fueled adventure fantasy, which features badass gangs of tattooed half-orcs on the backs of giant war hogs thundering across a lawless wasteland, is an unapologetically brutal thrill ride—like Mad Max set in Tolkien's Middle-earth. Read full book review >

STARLESS by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A hardworking middle-of-the-roader with limited appeal beyond existing Carey addicts."
Carey (Miranda and Caliban, 2017, etc.) returns to doorstopper-land with this stand-alone heroic fantasy set in a world whose sky is empty of stars. Read full book review >
LOW CHICAGO by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"Is it sci-fi? A viral thriller? Yes and no, and while not for every taste, a pleasure for the experimentally minded."
A genre-hopping, time-jumping, crowd-pleasing chain novel under the curation of old master Martin, he of Game of Thrones fame. Read full book review >
NIGHT FALL by Simon R. Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A splendid riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma, conveyed with trademark wisecracking humor, and carried out with maximum bloodshed and mayhem. In a word, irresistible."
This finale—as in final, last, ultimate, never-to-be-another—wraps up two of Green's popular and successful fantasy series, the Secret Histories (Moonbreaker, 2017, etc.) and the Nightside (The Bride Wore Black Leather, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

ABOVE THE STAR by Alexis Marie Chute
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A twisty tale with an otherworldly setting that readers will happily revisit."
In this launch of Chute's (Expecting Sunshine, 2017) fantasy trilogy, a family travels to a bizarre and dangerous parallel world. Read full book review >
PLUM RAINS by Andromeda Romano-Lax
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A well-written, entertaining novel that both enacts and subverts the tropes of android fiction."
A Filipino care worker's livelihood is threatened by an android in future Japan. Read full book review >
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A zesty treat for YA and new-adult fantasists."
A young medieval woman embarks on a grim mission in this first installment of a fantasy romance series. Read full book review >
FEYR STRIKES BACK by Ross Goodell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2018

"An often engaging tale that should keep readers hooked with a blend of magic, high-stakes action, and the continuing growth of its likable teen protagonist."
A 16-year-old, his parents, and his magical sprite girlfriend are threatened by a conspiracy of corporate villains on Earth and an Emperor from another world in the second book in Goodell and Bright's (The Harmonies of Magic, 2017) YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE BOOGEYMAN'S INTERN by Matt  Betts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2018

"An offbeat, entertaining look at timeworn mythical characters."
A world of imaginary beings faces a possible homicide in Betts' (The Shadow Beneath the Waves, 2018, etc.) fantasy mystery.Read full book review >
MEM by Bethany C. Morrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"The defiant story of an impossible enigma who only yearns to be a real girl."
A young woman's personality is the result of a startling experimental procedure, leaving her to struggle with the question of who she really is. Read full book review >
84K by Claire North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"Style gets in the way of substance here, but North is an original and even dazzling writer, and fans of her work will enjoy this grim tale of capitalism taken to a terrifying extreme."
A story about the value of one human life. 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 >