Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

NOUMENON by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope, this is an expedition that delves as deep into the human thirst for purpose as it does into the wonders of the universe."
In Lostetter's ambitious debut, the year is 2088, and humankind is finally ready to explore deep space, preparing to send convoys of clones on eons-long missions to investigate the outskirts of the galaxy. Read full book review >
THE STONE SKY by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Painful and powerful."
Jemisin concludes her Broken Earth trilogy (The Obelisk Gate, 2016, etc.), about a vengeful Earth whose tectonic instability can be controlled by the despised and feared orogenes. Read full book review >

THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A stellar anthology that proves not only that fantasy is alive and well, but that it will be for years to come."
A companion piece of sorts to Beagle's critically acclaimed anthology, The Secret History of Fantasy (2010)—a collection of stories that transcended the conventions and clichés of contemporary fantasy—Beagle and Weisman's latest contains 19 comparable stories from some of the genre's most innovative and exciting new voices. Read full book review >
THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A thrilling mix of influences, much like Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants (2016) and HBO's Westworld, that creates a captivating scenario begging for many sequels."
A feisty young anthropologist discovers a secret civilization of mechanical souls. Read full book review >
BLACK LIGHT EXPRESS  by Philip Reeve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Hop aboard and prepare for the ride of your life. (glossary) (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
Reeve picks his story up directly after Railhead (2016), with more of everything, from destruction to fun.Read full book review >

THE BEST OF <i>SUBTERRANEAN</i> by William Schafer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2017

"Fans of every stripe of speculative fiction will want this on their shelves."
Vampires and wizards and aliens, oh my! A splendid gathering, from the late lamented magazine, of modern science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >
SOVEREIGN by April Daniels
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 25, 2017

"Daniels doesn't just perfectly 'queer the capes,' she delivers a book that's tightly packed with brilliantly rendered fights, nail-biting scenes of peril, emotional authenticity, and a perfect first kiss. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
It's been nine months since the last Dreadnought was blown apart and he transferred the mantle—and the responsibilities—to teenager Danny Tozer, and she's already world-weary. Read full book review >
THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"It's hard to say enough good things about this hard-science future thriller with humor and heart—an excellent debut."
In this science-fiction thriller, a man fights for his wife and his lives after he's duplicated in a transporter malfunction. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF THE ORPHANS by Daniel Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"A worthy and thrilling follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers; the wait for Book 3 will be tough to bear."
In the second of a series, a group of people escaping the destruction of our world use their newly discovered superpowers to save both themselves and the parallel world where they've landed. Read full book review >
NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 27, 2017

"Absolutely devastating in the best way. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 15-adult)"
The Dracul siblings experience power's price in this middle volume of a trilogy that imagines a female Vlad the Impaler. Read full book review >
THE WITCHWOOD CROWN  by Tad Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Not just utterly readable—an instant fantasy classic."
Almost three decades after the release of the first volume of Williams' epic fantasy series, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, he returns to the iconic realm of Osten Ard with the stunning first installment of a new sequel trilogy. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO WINTER by Mark Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14-adult)"
A deadly virus has devastated the population of Australia, leaving pockets of humanity to survive as best as they can. 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 >