Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Pullman's return to the realms of His Dark Materials moves the timeline back to Lyra's infancy with a tale of young people struggling against outsized forces of both nature and evil. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SWORDS by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"When fine writer and expert editor Dozois beckons, authors deliver—and this surely will be one of the year's essential anthologies."
Dozois, an indefatigable editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, 2017, etc.), introduces an all-new compendium of 16 original stories, many set in their authors' established fantasy universes. Read full book review >

THE STONE IN THE SKULL  by Elizabeth Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else."
Hoping to build on the dazzling triumph of her Eternal Sky fantasy trilogy (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.), Bear embarks on a new trilogy set in the same universe. Read full book review >
PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A rousing adventure novel that marries steampunk aesthetics to the seminal concept of protecting American liberty."
An aimless young man escapes his dead-end town when he meets a badass, time-traveling adventuress. Read full book review >
ONE DARK THRONE  by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three sisters intensify their deadly struggle for the crown in the second of a horror-tinged fantasy series. Read full book review >

WARCROSS by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A stellar cyberpunk series opener packed with simmering romance and cinematic thrills. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
A down-and-out teen, days from eviction, competes in the championships of the world's most popular virtual reality game. Read full book review >
SHADOWHOUSE FALL  by Daniel José Older
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Lit. (Urban fantasy. 14-adult)"
Sierra and the shadowshapers are back in this sequel to Shadowshaper (2015). Read full book review >
THE GLASS TOWN GAME by Catherynne M. Valente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An absolute must for fans, of course; but even readers who've never heard of Heathcliff will be captivated from the first page to the last. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
In a middle-grade fantasy reminiscent of beloved tales from Edward Eager and Pamela Dean, the imaginary realms of the Brontë juvenilia come to wondrous life. Read full book review >
GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa  Bashardoust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A hauntingly evocative adaptation that stands on its own merits. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Magic, mother-daughter conflict, and the quest for self-identity are given a dark and fantastical treatment in this chilling feminist adaptation of the "Snow White" fairy tale. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >
AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A very promising start, both for a series and a new author."
This debut fantasy is set in the Risen Kingdoms, where countries float in the air and people take airships from place to place, princes battle for a throne, and dashing musketeers defend feisty princesses. Read full book review >
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."
The oldest soul on planet Earth is given five last chances to get life right. 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 >