Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

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 >
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 >

SWARM AND STEEL by Michael R. Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"It's not for the squeamish, but unique worldbuilding and a plot full of twisted reveals elevate the story somewhat from the typical grimdark offering."
A recovering sociopath struggles to destroy an evil religion she herself created in the third novel set in Fletcher's (The Mirror's Truth, 2016, etc.) Manifest Delusions universe. Read full book review >
NOUMENON by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope, this is an expedition that delves as deep into the human thirst for purpose as it does into the wonders of the universe."
In Lostetter's ambitious debut, the year is 2088, and humankind is finally ready to explore deep space, preparing to send convoys of clones on eons-long missions to investigate the outskirts of the galaxy. Read full book review >
WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Those looking for fantasy with diversity may find themselves bewitched. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Reminiscent of Practical Magic, this sensory-rich debut and series opener highlights the mysteries of life, death, and love for modern twin witches. Read full book review >

THE STONE SKY by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Painful and powerful."
Jemisin concludes her Broken Earth trilogy (The Obelisk Gate, 2016, etc.), about a vengeful Earth whose tectonic instability can be controlled by the despised and feared orogenes. Read full book review >
THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES  by Anna Smith Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Should appeal to grimdark fans looking for the extreme edge; others may well find it nasty, brutish, and not short enough."
Fantasy debut and first of a series from an author whose Twitter handle is @queenofgrimdark; it first appeared earlier this year in the U.K. Read full book review >
ELOY'S DISCOVERY by Kara  Timmins
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A hero's first adventure turns out to be a grand and satisfying one."
This fantasy debut sees a young man suffer separation from his family and enslavement, yet he remains hopeful with the guidance of an otherworldly entity. Read full book review >
THE CLAN CALLING by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A fresh installment with a realistic protagonist whom teens will want to follow into the realms of the paranormal."
In Terrien's (The Rampart Guards, 2016) YA fantasy sequel, a teenager comes face to face with shape-shifters and unwanted responsibilities.Read full book review >
THE LEAGUE OF GOVERNORS by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A strong continuation of a teen fantasy series that doesn't shy away from life's darker side."
In the second book of her YA paranormal fantasy series, Terrien (The Rampart Guards, 2016) pits her 14-year-old hero against the insidious forces of authoritarianism.Read full book review >
SHIMMER AND BURN by Mary Taranta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Even those readers who adore misery and squalor might find this a bit much. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A grimdark fantasy debut opens with the 6-year-old heroine's mother stabbing her through the heart, and it's all downhill from there. Read full book review >
THE HEARTS WE SOLD by Emily Lloyd-Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A dark fantasy brimming with passion and peril. (Paranormal suspense. 15-adult)"
A girl sells her heart to a demon to escape abusive parents, unwittingly signing up for more than she bargained for. 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 >