Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN by Neil Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories about AI, reinventing old tropes and making us revisit the eternal question of what it is to be human."
Clarke, the publisher of Clarkesworld magazine, compiles 27 tales of artificial humans and what we see of ourselves in them. Read full book review >
THE OVERNEATH by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A masterful collection from a short story master—a must-read for Beagle fans."
Beagle's latest collection of short stories includes 13 fantasy gems and features many previously uncollected and never-before-published works. Read full book review >

ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"We'll give Gardner's narrator the last word on this terrific superhero adventure: 'Spectacularity ensued.'"
The origin story of badass Canadian superheroes fated to defend humanity against a dark scourge. Naturally. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF LUCK by Catherine  Cerveny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A well-crafted world with a promising heroine, but hopefully the sequels will spend less time describing the love interest's blue eyes."
In the year 2950, Romani tarot card reader Felicia Sevigny discovers she's at the heart of a sinister plot to manipulate human genetics in Cerveny's debut. Read full book review >
STRANGE MUSIC by Alan Dean Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Nondescript entertainment, especially if you find the notion of yodeling Yodas appealing."
Another adventure for empathic fix-it operatives Flinx and Pip, in a series that's been appearing sporadically since 1972 (most recently Flinx Transcendent, 2009). Read full book review >

JADE CITY  by Fonda Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The open-ended nature of the ending suggests that the clan war is not yet over; it'll be interesting to see what course Lee charts next."
Two clans fueled by the magical power of jade battle for control of an analog of mid-20th-century Hong Kong. Read full book review >
THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship."
A teenage runaway and a mysterious girl, the sole winter inhabitants of a lake island, share their painful histories and forge a connection in this YA paranormal romance. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF WOMEN by Rosalie Morales Kearns
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A bold, politically minded tale with a spiritual soul."
A feminist alternative history novel explores the morality of violence. Read full book review >
FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Decades after being originally published, most of these stories are still just as entertaining and powerful as they were when first released. A singularly unique collection."
The unifying theme of this collection of stories from science-fiction grandmaster Silverberg—spanning five decades, from 1956 to 1997—is that they're all told in the first person singular. Read full book review >
WOLVES & ROSES by Christina Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An entertaining foray into lifestyles of the rich and magical."
A teenage girl, slated for a fairy-tale life, yearns for normality in this contemporary YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
MALICE OF CROWS by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Fans of the Shadow will love returning to his world, and fantasy fans who haven't yet encountered this colorful cowboy should hurry up and dive in."
A tale of magical battles set on the frontier of a Western world beset by monsters. Read full book review >
THE MONGREL MAGE  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Nothing much new or original, but utterly absorbing and supremely satisfying for all that."
This 19th entry in the Recluce fantasy series, in which two opposite types of magic work—white, which involves the manipulation of chaos, and black, which uses order—begins a new trilogy set on the continent of Candar. 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 >