Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

THE MERIDIAN FIVE & THE LOST LEGION by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"Barely an introduction to the titular five, but with enough riveting back story for sci-fi fans."
In the opening of this sci-fi debut and proposed trilogy, children of three expectant mothers inheriting energy-infused power may someday pose a threat to a nefarious, formidable individual. Read full book review >
SHADOW MOUNTAIN by Tess Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"A vivid first installment of a saga that will make readers look forward to the next."
An Appalachian woman and her son struggle to protect their mountain home in Collins' (The Hunter of Hertha, 2015, etc.) historical-fantasy series starter.Read full book review >

RECLUCE TALES by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Don't expect great significance everywhere—some of the pieces are no more than vignettes—but Modesitt is excellent company, and the more familiar you are with the series, the richer these stories will seem."
A collection of 17 new and three reprinted stories plus an essay, weaving among the prolific Modesitt's impressive 18-book (and counting) fantasy Saga of Recluse (Heritage of Cyador, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SPARKS by Kyle Prue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A worthy series introduction with a blistering pace and a gleeful heap of mayhem."
In the opener of this debut YA fantasy-adventure trilogy, families with god-granted abilities are at war but may unite against a common enemy when they become targets of the Imperial Army. Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE ALL THE TIME by David Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An imaginative engagement with existential questions raised by a surfeit of apocalypses."
In this absurdist novel set in a world of serial apocalypses, a man tries to make sense of his existence. Read full book review >

MINIATURES by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing."
Scalzi has said that his two writing strengths are his novels (The End of All Things, 2015, etc.) and his very short fiction; this slim offering showcases the latter. Read full book review >
DEATH'S DANCER by Jasmine Silvera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A spirited, sexy paranormal romance."
Sparks fly when a mighty sorcerer recruits a dancer to help unravel a supernatural mystery. Read full book review >
THE BEAST by Alex Bobrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"This psychological tale offers uncomfortable episodes of violence and sexuality."
In this debut fantasy thriller, four distinct personalities converge to battle a man's inner demon. Read full book review >
The Dark Lord by Jack Heckel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A diverting, heartfelt adventure that provides laughs in between earnest moments and spells."
In this fantasy, a mage tries to save the same world he'd tormented as an evil wizard—part of his university studies—with help from the heroes who'd fought him. Read full book review >
SECRETS RETURN by C.C. Bolick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2016

"A suspenseful tale that stands out in a crowded genre."
Jessica Delaney returns in this second entry in author/engineer Bolick's (The Leftover Girl, 2016) Alabama-set YA paranormal series. Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Matt Casamassina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements."
In this debut YA thriller, the leftovers of an unexplained apocalypse struggle to survive and find meaning in the wreckage. Read full book review >
THE TATTERED BOX by Paul Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"A well-crafted, if conventional, time-travel tale."
A teenager travels back to 1941 and encounters his grandfather in this YA debut. 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 >