Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret  Rogerson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"No glamour is needed to make readers fall for this one. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
A practical painter meets a tortured fairy prince, and layers upon layers of magic and intrigue engulf them in this debut. Read full book review >
AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS by Kat Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty."
A dark tale of revenge and battle magic among New York City's secretive elite. 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 >
PROVENANCE by Ann Leckie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"More intriguing cultures to explore, more characters to care about, more Leckie to love."
A woman seeking the approval of her foster mother takes a desperate gamble and finds herself in the middle of an interplanetary conspiracy. Read full book review >
RINGER by Lauren Oliver
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Speculative fiction at its core, Oliver's novel is also a reflection on the nature of humanity as explored through the dualities of life/death, autonomy/ownership, truth/lies, and good/evil. (Science fiction. 15-adult)"
It has been three weeks since the Haven Institute fell, but it still has subjects Lyra and Gemma in its insidious grip. Read full book review >

SPARKED by Helena Echlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh, enthusiastic, and wholly satisfying take on a familiar subgenre."
Teens with newfound powers may be the only ones who can stop an ancient evil from rising in Echlin (Gone, 2002) and Watrous' (If You Follow Me, 2010) supernatural mystery.Read full book review >
AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS by Rivers Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining novel that does not neglect the vitality of its story while probing society's assumptions."
The HSS Matilda is a massive spaceship that has carried a small contingent of humanity for many years away from a destroyed Earth and toward a hazy vision of a promised land. Read full book review >
MACHINE LEARNING by Hugh Howey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A thoroughly engaging collection with a dark sense of humor but its finger always on the pulse of genuine human concerns."
Twenty-one new and previously published stories are gathered loosely by subgenre in this collection from sci-fi author Howey (Sand, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
IRONFOOT by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants."
A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed. Read full book review >
MAGEBORN by Stephen Aryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Solid, if unexceptional."
A conspiracy to eliminate magic threatens all the lands of the west in Part 1 of a sequel series to The Age of Darkness trilogy (Chaosmage, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LAIRDBALOR by Kathleen Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Best suited for those readers who turn to Nietzsche and Hesse for pleasure. (Horror. 14-adult)"
Seven-year-old Jamie falls down a "very long hill" into a dimension of nightmares. 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 >
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 >