Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
THE LONG SUNSET by Jack McDevitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Despite a slow-motion first hundred pages pondering whether the expedition should go ahead, a solidly engrossing entry in this agreeable and reliable series."
The eighth entry in the medium-future Academy series (Starhawk, 2013, etc.) starring expert spaceship pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins and her expeditions around a galaxy littered with ancient alien artifacts yet now seemingly devoid of intelligent life. Read full book review >

HEAD ON by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Very clever, wonderfully satisfying fun."
The long-awaited second in a series (Lock In, 2014) that explores disability politics within the context of a near-future techno-thriller. Read full book review >
SEEING FOREVER by Robert J.  McCarter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2018

"Sci-fi as it should be: engaging, moving, and grand in scope."
McCarter (Of Things Not Seen, 2017, etc.) returns with a tale of a man who defeats the limits of mortality, only to question the worth of indefinite existence. Read full book review >
THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 11, 2018

"Unhurried but engrossing novel in which characters are more enticing than otherworldly technology."
In Quine's sci-fi tale, a game designer, aided by the physical manifestations of his game characters, fights back against a company trying to sabotage his work. Read full book review >

SERPENT IN THE HEATHER  by Kay  Kenyon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Paranormal fantasy and historical fiction fans alike should find Kenyon's saga featuring assassins, spies, and secret agents to be supremely entertaining. A unique concept that is superbly executed."
Set in pre-World War II Europe and seamlessly blending together elements of paranormal fantasy and historical mystery, the second installment in Kenyon's Dark Talents saga featuring British Secret Intelligence Service agent Kim Tavistock (At the Table of Wolves, 2017) pits the intrepid journalist-turned-operative against a serial killer with ties to Hitler's Nazi regime. Read full book review >
FIRE DANCE by Ilana C. Myer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Worth waiting for."
In the sequel to Last Song Before Night (2015), Myer pursues the theme that magic might cause more problems than it solves. Read full book review >
WRATH OF THE FURY BLADE by Geoff  Habiger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"This rich fusion of crime and fantasy should enchant readers."
A killer targets high-ranking victims in a society of elves obsessed with genetic purity. Read full book review >
THE STING OF THE BEE by K.E. Lanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2018

"Offbeat global-warming sci-fi that taps the spirit of cowboy romances instead of the usual dystopianism."
In a future wracked by floods and social upheaval, a widower tries to make a new life for himself and his daughter when the continent of Antarctica is thrown open to settlement in Lanning's (A Spider Sat Beside Her, 2017) second book in a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
FIREWALKERS by Chris Roberson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"With a sudden climax leading to what may or may not be an ending of this specific big bad, though not of the world Roberson's created, the second in this series lacks the background and character development that made the first such a delight."
A quirky group comes together to snark and fight the zombie apocalypse while learning about the disturbing history of their small town. Read full book review >
THE WOLF  by Leo Carew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Carew is the real deal—an exciting new voice in fantasy."
A grand-scale historical fantasy set in the frigid wilds of the Black Kingdom, Carew's stellar debut novel—about a young lord forced into a perilously complex situation after his father is killed in battle—is an action-packed and blood-splattered tour de force. Read full book review >
THE BARROW WILL SEND WHAT IT MAY  by Margaret Killjoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"An entertaining book filled with memorable characters who tread glibly through the realms of both the living and the dead."
The sequel to Killjoy's The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (2017) finds Danielle Cain and her anarcho-punk gang of demon-hunting novice mages on the lam, in the cross hairs, and glistening with undead magic. 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 >