Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

THE IMMUNDUS by Christina  Enquist
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite a few flaws, a well-paced sci-fi story with excitement, emotion, and character testing."
In this YA dystopian debut, a teenager must make hard decisions when she learns the truth behind a mysterious disease. Read full book review >
GHOST BULLY by Brian  Corley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An absurdly humorous novel of the paranormal whose enthusiasm and profundity make it truly exceptional."
In Corley's debut fantasy/comedy, a ghost learns that the afterlife has its own unique set of pitfalls, including direct threats from demons. Read full book review >

INTO THE FIRE  by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"There's always so much to admire in Moon's work that, even when she's not fully engaged, readers will be gratified."
In this sequel to Cold Welcome (2017), itself part of a long-standing military science-fiction series, ex-Adm. Ky Vatta must confront a murderous conspiracy against her family and the government of her home planet, Slotter Key. Read full book review >
EXILES' ESCAPE by W. Clark  Boutwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A vividly imagined sci-fi epic."
Young warriors fight a repressive government in this dystopian vision of America. Read full book review >
BY A CHARM & A CURSE by Jaime  Questell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A dark idea for a YA story, executed deftly and with feeling."
In Questell's debut YA novel, a teenage girl has her first kiss and becomes trapped by a traveling carnival's magical spell. Read full book review >

THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Not everybody lives, and certainly not 'happily ever after'—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice's fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched. (Fantasy. 16-adult)"
A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother's sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT FRONT  by David Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a 'chosen one' hero arc among the dogs of war."
A young Oxford student discovers his mystical destiny on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
STARLINGS by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind."
Award-winning sci-fi novelist and essayist Walton shares her poetry, a play, and assorted short fiction, accompanied by lengthy insights about writing each work and complaints about not getting paid. Read full book review >
THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke  Bolander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A rich, poetic novella."
A young factory worker with radiation poisoning trains an elephant with near-human consciousness to conduct the tasks that resulted in her affliction, and the bond they form leads them to seek vengeance against those who have wronged them. Read full book review >
THE WANDERER AND THE NEW WEST by Adam Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2018

"A tight, thoughtful work that has much to offer readers on both sides of the gun control debate."
Bender (Divided We Fall, 2014, etc.) offers a dystopian novel about an America ruled by gangs and gun manufacturers and about the brave few who are willing to fight them both. Read full book review >
THE BEAUTY by Aliya Whiteley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A murky delirium of sinuous language and unnerving storytelling that will delight both experienced genre fanatics and literary fiction lovers alike."
Whiteley's latest pits the repression of the patriarchy against the power of the environment. Read full book review >
SENLIN ASCENDS  by Josiah Bancroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The lush setting holds the reader through a slow start, but once the plot gets going, it ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch."
In his debut novel, Bancroft takes readers into a steampunk world revolving around the great attraction and mystery that is the Tower of Babel—a colossal structure rising up into the heavens that devours the unwary with intrigue and danger. 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 >