Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

KIYRON by Derek Stirling Kerr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 23, 2017

"A sci-fi saga that asks a lot of its readers, but the payoff is a highly nuanced sci-fi experience."
Debut author Kerr offers an epic sci-fi novel that chronicles the history of a distant planet over some six millennia. Read full book review >
THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >

THE PRINCESS IN THE MOUND by Linda Raedisch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 21, 2017

"A pithy, mystical story that suffers from a lack of narrative structure."
Raedisch's (The Old Magic of Christmas, 2013, etc.) fantasy chronicles the storied past of a European castle where supernatural events occur. Read full book review >
INGRAHAM by Lynda Jewell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 20, 2017

"A safe, if mostly undemanding, climb to the lower slopes of high fantasy."
Two 16-year-olds cross between two worlds and search for dragon eggs in this debut novel. Read full book review >
RITERS by Roy Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 20, 2017

"A sometimes-preposterous but often profound tale of civilization struggling to persevere."
In this debut sci-fi novel, one man's journey leads to a group of survivors spending a century aboard a spaceship in search of a new Earth. Read full book review >

THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY OF FATES by Aditi Khorana
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"The complexity of the folklore and its romantic twists will engage fantasy readers on many levels. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Indian folklore drives the fate of a princess and her homeland. Read full book review >
GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Michael F.  Haspil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies; just don't expect too much introspection."
In Haspil's debut novel, two immortal cops—a mummy and a vampire—work to solve killings in a Miami where humans and vampires (as well as other supernatural creatures) have reached a tenuous peace. Read full book review >
THE STARGAZER'S EMBASSY by Eleanor Lerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"An unfortunately muffled novel about coming to terms, on various levels, with one's place in the universe."
A novel that combines the looming shadow of an unhappy mother-daughter relationship with breathless accounts of alien abduction. Read full book review >
ARMISTICE by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Though there are a few historical missteps, readers who savor the patient accumulation of detail around each scenario will by now be thoroughly addicted."
Wrapping up the author's latest alternate-history trilogy (Fallout, 2016, etc.), in which he explores the question: what if Truman had used nuclear weapons in the Korean War? Read full book review >
A SPIDER SAT BESIDE HER by K.E. Lanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2017

"A tight, engaging sci-fi tale."
A researcher attempts to save the International Space Station from a terrorist plot in Lanning's debut novel. Read full book review >
WRAITH LORDS OF ZEIGLON by Steve Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 13, 2017

"Offers an enjoyable romp for high fantasy fans, but lacks rounded characters."
Stephenson and Tedrick (War of the Staffs, 2016) deliver a second installment in their saga of swords, sorcery, and the depths of space. 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 >