Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

THE MAN OF LEGENDS by Kenneth Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"A promising idea that gets bogged down with a slow-moving plot and shallow characters."
A century-spanning story of spirituality and the search for meaning in a very long life. Read full book review >
THE WEALTH OF A NATION by T.B. O'Neill
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2017

"Dystopian political sci-fi with a disturbingly persuasive edge."
In an overregulated, stratified future, an idealistic lawyer gets caught up in power schemes between unscrupulous politicians and a crime kingpin manipulating a dysfunctional government. Read full book review >

NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 27, 2017

"Absolutely devastating in the best way. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 15-adult)"
The Dracul siblings experience power's price in this middle volume of a trilogy that imagines a female Vlad the Impaler. Read full book review >
THE WITCHWOOD CROWN  by Tad Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Not just utterly readable—an instant fantasy classic."
Almost three decades after the release of the first volume of Williams' epic fantasy series, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, he returns to the iconic realm of Osten Ard with the stunning first installment of a new sequel trilogy. Read full book review >
THE WAKING LAND by Callie Bates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Given that Bates had such magical material to work with, her lack of depth and ingenuity is disappointing."
In this debut novel, a young woman must rediscover her ancient powers of earth magic to save a kingdom. 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 >
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 >
PAST OBSESSION by Richard Keith Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2017

"A powerful, lovingly rendered page-turner full of intense emotion."
Taylor (Stones Skipping on Water, 2017, etc.) delivers a treatise on attachment, fate, and the romance of the past in this sci-fi mystery. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER by Theodora  Goss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Despite a potential-laden premise that stands out from the many character-mashup stories on the market, this collection of parts fails to come alive."
The daughters of literature's most infamous scientists band together in Goss' (Red as Blood and White as Bone, 2016, etc.) Gothic adventure story. Read full book review >
AGE OF SWORDS by Michael J. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"This novel has a refreshing, if somewhat dated, feminist ethos: 'a handful of women and a few young girls' emerge as the newfound font of cultural strength in a changing society and are the heroes of this otherwise derivative tale."
Although Raithe the God-Killer had shown humanity that the magical Fhrey are mortal and not mythic gods, open conflict remains between the two nations; with the balance of power tipped toward the advanced weaponry of the Fhrey, Rhune chieftain Persephone must undertake a quest of wit and wisdom, rather than brawn, to give humanity a fighting chance to win. Read full book review >
CALLING MR. BEIGE by Brian Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2017

"A delightful, amusing fantasy about folks whom everyone ignores."
In this comedic novel, a man vainly tries to get people's attention. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN by Jenn  Thorson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 16, 2017

"An inventive combination of fresh storytelling and an adored classic."
A housemaid—a minor character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland—investigates the mystery of her father's murder in this fantasy novel. 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 >