Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

ZOMBIES VERSUS ALIENS VERSUS VAMPIRES VERSUS DINOSAURS by Jeff  Abugov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A chaotic, full-throttle parody that's as smart as it is slimy."
In this sci-fi debut, an alien species hopes to claim Earth, but the invaders haven't fully researched what goes bump in the night. Read full book review >
QUANTUM HEIGHTS by Richard A. Valicek
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2016

"Entertainingly strange, though some portions feel more out-of-place than thrilling."
A rambunctious fantasy novel filled with knights and vampires. Read full book review >

TROUBLESHOOTING by Selene  dePackh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A gripping, lyrical, and ambitious dystopian novel."
A sci-fi debut tells the story of an autistic teen's struggles to survive her institutionalization. Read full book review >
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 >
EXHUMATION by S. A.  Chapman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"A world brimming with dynamic characters and a complex saga that's only just beginning."
In this first installment of a debut fantasy series, deceit and betrayal may play a part in the violation of a peace treaty between two realms that barely survived a war long ago. Read full book review >

THE FALLEN GATEKEEPERS by C. R.  Fladmark
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 12, 2017

"Young love intensifies the action in this sequel."
In this YA fantasy sequel to The Gatekeeper's Son (2014), Fladmark's heroes must meet the increasing threat of the reptilian Evil Ones. Read full book review >
ROADKILL ON THE FLIPSIDE by Dean Ammerman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"A fast-paced space-capade whose apocalyptic elements are more comedy than gravity."
In this fourth installment of a YA gonzo sci-fi series, two teenage galactic adventurers find themselves teleported across the universe to save, well, literally everything from an all-devouring black hole. Read full book review >
Alexander by Alex Gordon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 26, 2017

"A fantasy that saddles endearing characters with humdrum domesticity."
A sequel further explores the romantic bond between a human and a dragon. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT FRONT  by David Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a 'chosen one' hero arc among the dogs of war."
A young Oxford student discovers his mystical destiny on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
STARLINGS by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind."
Award-winning sci-fi novelist and essayist Walton shares her poetry, a play, and assorted short fiction, accompanied by lengthy insights about writing each work and complaints about not getting paid. Read full book review >
THE ALTAR CALL by J. Butler  Cox
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A book that intriguingly grapples with large topics, although some portions tend to drag."
Cox (Providence of Mercy, 2012, etc.) offers a part sci-fi, part historical novel about the appearance of a strange creature in a small Southern town. Read full book review >
RITERS by Roy Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 20, 2017

"A sometimes-preposterous but often profound tale of civilization struggling to persevere."
In this debut sci-fi novel, one man's journey leads to a group of survivors spending a century aboard a spaceship in search of a new Earth. 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 >