Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

TEN DIRECTIONS by Samuel  Winburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"High-quality, multifaceted sci-fi, blending ecological and religious themes in an engaging manner."
An alien transmission grants a maverick tycoon the knowledge to create wormhole technology that could revitalize a dysfunctional Earth. Read full book review >
THE JODE by PJ Selarom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2017

"A potentially engaging fantasy series hampered by overly elaborate prose."
This fantasy debut features a band of heroes scrambling to prevent the overthrow of its world by a power-hungry emperor. Read full book review >

SHIFTING SWORDS by Alexander H.  Edwards
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 2017

"Will satisfy staunch sword-and-sorcery fans as well as those who revel in well-constructed characters in constant existential crisis."
In Edwards' fantasy novel, a motley band of humans, elves, hybrids, and lycanthropes battles creatures from hell and intergalactic enemies of ancient Egyptian deities. Read full book review >
CONSERVATION OF LUCK by Lesley L.  Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2017

"Entertaining, femalecentric, escapist reading for poolside."
In this sci-fi novel, a revolutionary new technology has unforeseen consequences as a young scientist creates a "quantum" computer that endows her with unusually good luck. Read full book review >
FANTASY by Lisa  Cox
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 11, 2017

"While it lacks pressing conflicts, this book delivers a breezy rendition of a Hollywood dream."
A novel presents the story of one sci-fi fan's amazing journey. Read full book review >

WOLF HOLLOW by Nikki  Jefford
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A clever romance with strong characters and an intriguing fictional world."
Jefford (Night Stalker, 2017) explores a harsh, mesmerizing post-apocalyptic world in this paranormal-romance novel, the first in a series. Read full book review >
CALYPSO by Catherine  Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 21, 2016

"A heartening exploration of outer space and a teen's true self."
In this sci-fi debut, a young person comes of age aboard a planet-hopping cargo ship. Read full book review >
WHEN GODS WAR by F. Howard Billings
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A simplistic sci-fi saga."
In this debut novel, a strange, young, grassy, and lopsided planet named Zeon faces catastrophe. Read full book review >
Die for the Flame by William S. Gehler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Although well written, this tale about a Chosen One lacks genuine sparks of invention."
A young hero finds himself at the forefront of a series of bloody conflicts surrounding a magical, all-important Flame in this epic fantasy debut novel. Read full book review >
THE BEGINNING WOODS by Malcolm McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"McNeill's storytelling skills shine in this witty, delightful story about the power of imagination and dreaming. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
Two worlds collide with dire consequences in McNeill's debut. Read full book review >
KAT CUBED by Lesley L.  Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 5, 2016

"A wheels-within-wheels yarn that isn't perfect but sure takes readers for a spin."
In Smith's (Reality Alternatives, 2016, etc.) sci-fi tale, an experiment opens portals to alternate universes and three variations of the same young woman struggle in environments warped by climate change. Read full book review >
A JACK BY ANY OTHER NAME by Lesley L.  Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 5, 2017

"Skullduggery, sex, and Shakespeare abound in a sci-fi tale full of sound and fury, signifying fun."
A murdered secret agent is cloned and sent back to the stars to undertake more missions—including investigating his own killing—in the first installment of Smith's (Kat Cubed, 2016) Space Operetta series. 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 >