Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

RED SUNSET DRIVE by Jan Walters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2017

"A solid mystery featuring otherworldly good and bad guys, which primes its readers for future series entries."
In the second installment of Walters' (York Street, 2014, etc.) supernatural-thriller series, a police detective and his ghostly relative go up against vampires in Des Moines, Iowa. Read full book review >
DESCENDANT by Jeffrey A. Levin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2017

"This novel's offbeat narrative style and absorbing protagonist help to overcome its occasional missteps."
In Levin's sci-fi debut, a young man in the 24th century travels through space and time, confronts aliens, and falls in love. Read full book review >

PREORDAINED by David L. Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A gripping detective story with biblical undertones."
In Wallace's (Trojan, 2016) supernatural thriller, a South Carolina cop tracks a serial killer with ties to the occult and starts having visions of a demon. Read full book review >
MASKS AND MIRRORS by Sue Duff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2015

"Corporate espionage meets magic in this entertaining sequel."
The second book of Duff's (Stack a Deck, 2017, etc.) Weir Chronicles embroils college student Rayne Bevan further in a millennia-old war—while she continues to fall for powerful magician Ian Black.Read full book review >
WAKE OF DECEPTION by Sasha DeVore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2016

"A vivid dystopian tale with a truly apocalyptic twist."
In this YA sci-fi debut, a teen searches for his place in a world ravaged by war and run by otherworldly beings. Read full book review >

PROTOTYPE by Robert D. Gallagher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"A crafty futuristic yarn brimming with inventive ideas to fill the forthcoming series installments."
In this sci-fi debut, a prison escape artist faces his greatest challenge yet aboard a computer-run space station facility revolving near a black hole. Read full book review >
HOT BED by Victoria Ann Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A muddled novel with a hard-to-follow plot."
A young woman assumes power over a religious secret society in this fantasy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
THE FANTASTIC PHANTASMIC DETECTIVE AGENCY AND THE WOEBEGONE ODDITY OF THE UNDERWORLD by D.L. Dugger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2017

"A delightful installment in a series that promises more fun and otherworldly miscreants to come."
Ghost-tracking teenage gumshoes and their medium colleague take on new cases in Dugger's (The Fantastic Phantasmic Detective Agency and the Rebel Realm, 2016) YA supernatural-mystery sequel.Read full book review >
THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Read full book review >
THE PEACE KEEPER by R.S. Dabney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2016

"A solid, earnest entry with richly developed characters and moral themes."
In the second installment of Dabney's (The Soul Mender, 2016) fantasy series, Riley Dale seems destined to restore stability to increasingly unstable parallel universes.Read full book review >
BURY MY HEART ON KEPLER-452B by J.S. Powers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Big-idea sci-fi readers will likely find this an awesome, challenging ride."
A wealthy visionary races to launch humanity's first starship to a habitable planet before overpopulation, religious fanatics, and other 21st-century horrors destroy Earth in this sci-fi tale. 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 >