Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE KEEP OF AGES  by Caragh M. O'Brien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Imperfect but still psychologically and philosophically rich. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
In the conclusion to the Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie has her final showdown with the villainous Berg and the dream-mining operations. 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 >

THE IRON SWORD by Jocelyn Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A swords-and-sorcery tale that dazzles even when the dialogue fails to shine."
A young girl finds her destiny in ancient places in this debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
SECRET SALVATION by Chad Josey
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A captivating, high-stakes sci-fi adventure that suffers from too much background material."
A debut novel tells the story of a doctor recruited to survive a world-ending event. Read full book review >
DEATH's GRIP by Ken L. Gould
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A well-crafted sci-fi thriller despite its unlikely hero and dangling conclusion."
A reporter's obsession with the takedown of a corrupt billionaire pulls him into the secret, macabre biotech world of a mad scientist and his diabolical benefactor. Read full book review >

A WORLD ON THE ISLAND'S EDGE by Matthew Rudd Reynolds
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A strong fantasy series launch that also delivers earnest drama."
In Reynolds' debut fantasy, a young girl befriends a golden dolphin with supernatural powers and encounters a world of mystical creatures. Read full book review >
THE IGUANA PROJECT by Dale Arden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Sci-fi and criminology deftly merge in this well-paced tale."
In this debut novel, a lawyer hopes that cutting-edge techniques in suspended animation can solve his problems with the Mafia. Read full book review >
PARADIGM LOST by R. Roderick Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2017

"An inventive tribal tale hampered by problematic racial attitudes and extraneous details."
In this novel, a young man in a future Pacific Northwest finds his purpose in a homoerotic culture that combines Native American-derived spirituality with militarism. 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 >
EMBER by Brock Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A good-enough survival thriller that doesn't disappoint so much as it fails to truly impress."
The sun has fizzled down to an ember and the human race is left to figure out how to survive the frozen new world in Adams' (Gulf, 2010) dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >
CALL OF FIRE by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"An entertaining installment in a series that tackles an ambitious reimagining of history."
The second book in Cato's (Breath of Earth, 2016, etc.) historical fantasy series takes its tenacious heroine and her strange powers from San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
AN EXCESS MALE by Maggie Shen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An intelligent, incisive commentary on how love survives—or doesn't—under the heel of the State."
In her provocative debut, King imagines a world in which China's One Child Policy has created a dystopian future of longing, inequality, and constant surveillance. 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 >