Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

MACHINE LEARNING by Hugh Howey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A thoroughly engaging collection with a dark sense of humor but its finger always on the pulse of genuine human concerns."
Twenty-one new and previously published stories are gathered loosely by subgenre in this collection from sci-fi author Howey (Sand, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
SPARKED by Helena Echlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh, enthusiastic, and wholly satisfying take on a familiar subgenre."
Teens with newfound powers may be the only ones who can stop an ancient evil from rising in Echlin (Gone, 2002) and Watrous' (If You Follow Me, 2010) supernatural mystery.Read full book review >

IRONFOOT by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants."
A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed. Read full book review >
AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS by Rivers Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining novel that does not neglect the vitality of its story while probing society's assumptions."
The HSS Matilda is a massive spaceship that has carried a small contingent of humanity for many years away from a destroyed Earth and toward a hazy vision of a promised land. Read full book review >
MAGEBORN by Stephen Aryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Solid, if unexceptional."
A conspiracy to eliminate magic threatens all the lands of the west in Part 1 of a sequel series to The Age of Darkness trilogy (Chaosmage, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A rousing adventure novel that marries steampunk aesthetics to the seminal concept of protecting American liberty."
An aimless young man escapes his dead-end town when he meets a badass, time-traveling adventuress. Read full book review >
AN UNKINDNESS OF MAGICIANS by Kat Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Strong characters and a captivating revenge plot make this a fun, absorbing read for those who like their magic, and their magicians, dark and twisty."
A dark tale of revenge and battle magic among New York City's secretive elite. Read full book review >
AN ENCHANTMENT OF RAVENS by Margaret  Rogerson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"No glamour is needed to make readers fall for this one. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
A practical painter meets a tortured fairy prince, and layers upon layers of magic and intrigue engulf them in this debut. Read full book review >
PROVENANCE by Ann Leckie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"More intriguing cultures to explore, more characters to care about, more Leckie to love."
A woman seeking the approval of her foster mother takes a desperate gamble and finds herself in the middle of an interplanetary conspiracy. Read full book review >
EXHUMATION by S. A.  Chapman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"A world brimming with dynamic characters and a complex saga that's only just beginning."
In this first installment of a debut fantasy series, deceit and betrayal may play a part in the violation of a peace treaty between two realms that barely survived a war long ago. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2017

"A chirpy doomsday tale starring a Bridget Jones-esque protagonist."
A California girl finds the hunky love of her life in a Barnes & Noble—and he turns out to be an ancient alien, the harbinger of Earth's destruction. Read full book review >
INVICTUS by Ryan Graudin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A madcap, vivid time-travel tale with a strong ensemble, both indebted and cheekily alluding to Doctor Who and Firefly. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
A boy born beyond time and space finds he is running out of time to save the worlds. 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 >