Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

I MET A TRAVELLER IN AN ANTIQUE LAND by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2018

"Willis has a delightful comic voice, but it's hard to imagine who the audience is supposed to be for this book. Concerned bibliophiles will find far more coherent nonfiction discussions of literary loss—Nicholson Baker's Double Fold springs to mind—while fans of Willis' fiction should probably stick to her novels, which feature fully drawn characters instead of straw men."
A passionate rant about books being lost to changing document-preservation practices, lightly disguised as a novella. Read full book review >
PHORESIS by Greg Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2018

"Intriguing and absorbing and all too brief: a tale that demands a more expansive treatment."
Dazzling new novella from an author (Dichronauts, 2017, etc.) who specializes in inventing seriously weird worlds and making them real. Or sometimes not quite. Read full book review >

MEDUSA UPLOADED by Emily Devenport
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Sci-fi fans will love exploring the world of Oichi's spaceship home and living inside the head of a not-quite-coldblooded killer."
A tense sci-fi thriller about a woman determined to remake her society—at any cost. Read full book review >
ONLY HUMAN  by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Packing a surprisingly powerful thematic punch, this novel is an addictive blend of science fiction, apocalyptic thriller, and chillingly timely cautionary tale. Two (giant, robotic) thumbs up!"
Wrapping up Neuvel's (Waking Gods, 2017, etc.) Themis Files trilogy in grand style, the last volume of this science-fiction chronicle of humankind's war against an army of invading alien robots explores how the aftermath of the conflict has irrevocably changed our world. Read full book review >
HOW I BROKE THE SKY by E.W.  Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A challenging but absorbing introduction to a sci-fi series."
An apocalypse looms in this debut novel of crossed worlds and cataclysm. Read full book review >

BLOOD ORBIT by K.R. Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"This novel is powered by a focus on highly detailed police-procedural elements but lacks significant emotional connectivity."
A smooth blend of science fiction and police procedural, this novel is set on the corporate-owned planet of Gattis and revolves around an idealistic young cop and a cybernetically enhanced inspector faced with solving a mass murder that, if left unresolved, could trigger a bloody revolution. Read full book review >
ARMISTICE by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Slow to get off the ground, but readers who enjoy luxuriating in the book's rich prose, sharp dialogue, and detailed interpersonal histories won't mind."
Donnelly returns readers to the world of Amberlough (2017) in this sequel, in which the fallout of a fascist regime's triumph continues to haunt those who escaped it...or who thought they had. Read full book review >
WRATH OF EMPIRE  by Brian McClellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"McClellan's design and construction grow steadily more impressive with each fresh installment."
Second entry in McClellan's Gods of Blood and Powder fantasy series (Sins of Empire, 2017), in which the land of Fatrasta has been invaded by the armies and sorcerers of the vast Dynize empire. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF SORROW  by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"On balance, a decent wrap-up."
The final volume in a high fantasy trilogy (The Reluctant Queen, 2017, etc.) set on a continent where all the powers of nature are tied to vicious elemental spirits controlled by queens. Read full book review >
THE ODDLING PRINCE by Nancy Springer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"A tale of two brothers for whom things work out a little too well to be worth the investment."
The king of Calidon is about to die when a mysterious stranger saves him at the last minute—but the stranger carries a secret that could tear the kingdom apart. 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 >