Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS by Jessica Reisman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"A deep dive into prose-poetry sci-fi and a mind-stretching mystery."
On a vast, intrigue-ridden space station, an orphan becomes the lone survivor of a cosmic accident that may have left him partially possessed by an alien consciousness. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT PEOPLE by Lane Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"A supernatural tale with engaging characters and psychic powers that lays the groundwork for a planned series."
Teenagers with supernatural abilities may be the only ones who can stop creatures from a parallel world from consuming all life on Earth in Alexander's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

THE GREAT KHAN by David  Winnie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 14, 2017

"A promising launch to a visionary space-empire series with multicultural insight."
Sci-fi author Winnie's debut describes the origin of the vast, galaxy-spanning Terran Empire and the 31st-century ascent of a Mongolian prince who defends Earth and lays the groundwork for an immortal dynasty. Read full book review >
WHEN ANGELS PLAY POKER by Maura O’Leary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2017

"An imaginative tale of redemption after death."
In this debut fantasy novella, a reprobate dies unexpectedly and finds heaven to be a surprising and challenging place. Read full book review >
HOW TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE by T.K. Riggins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2017

"An often entertaining, mostly upbeat magical adventure."
A YA fantasy novel about an enchanted school competition. Read full book review >

AURELLA THE WITCH by Anni Sezate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2017

"A witty and enthusiastic tale about a powerful tween; a veritable delight."
In this debut YA fantasy, a girl inadvertently reveals her magic ability, precipitating a witch hunt in a kingdom that hates and fears her kind. Read full book review >
PROTOTYPE by Robert D. Gallagher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"A crafty futuristic yarn brimming with inventive ideas to fill the forthcoming series installments."
In this sci-fi debut, a prison escape artist faces his greatest challenge yet aboard a computer-run space station facility revolving near a black hole. Read full book review >
INVASION AI by Derek Lilly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"An entertaining yarn that delivers a curious mix of science and sci-fi."
An astrophysicist discovers an artifact from outer space containing a cryptic message that may be a precursor to an alien attack in this debut novel. Read full book review >
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW GIRL by Rachel Vincent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adds nothing new to a crowded genre. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
After a chance encounter with a boy, a girl discovers secrets about herself and her society. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. 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 >