Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

MERIDEN by Matthew Hinsley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2018

"Swift, invigorating, and this fantasy saga's darkest book yet."
In this third installment of a series, a battle-weary group of heroes journeys to a village in need of help and unearths a multitude of unnerving secrets. Read full book review >
BORN AND RAISED  by R.A.  Doty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2018

"An exciting series starter, featuring an intriguing world with a breadth of characters and themes."
Doty (The Last Cicada, 2018) presents a tale of a dystopian future society featuring inhabitants at the greatest extremes of class stratification: predators and prey. Read full book review >

AN EASY DEATH  by Charlaine Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"A refreshing and cinematic, weird Western starring a sharp-as-nails, can-do heroine. Harris' many fans will surely follow Gunnie Rose anywhere."
In the opening novel of Harris' new series, set in a dangerous and largely lawless alternate United States, a young gunslinger for hire hits the trail to track down a descendant of Rasputin. Read full book review >
LYSANDRA by T.J.  Zakreski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2018

"An imaginative, if clunky, cyberpunk novel."
A genetically engineered teen runs from church forces in Zakreski's (The Cygnus Virus, 2017) sci-fi sequel. Read full book review >
HOW LONG 'TIL BLACK FUTURE MONTH? by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2018

"These stories span Jemisin's career; they demonstrate both the growth and active flourishing of one of speculative fiction's most thoughtful and exciting writers."
This collection of short stories by Jemisin, the first person to win the Hugo award for best novel three years in a row (most recently for The Stone Sky, 2017), eloquently develops a series of passionately felt themes. Read full book review >

BLACK IRON by Franklin  Veaux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2018

"A satisfying alternate-history work that doesn't skimp on adventure."
Veaux and Rickert's (Polyamory and Jealousy, 2016, etc.) steampunk novel tells the story of a conspiracy that threatens to bring down the British monarchy.Read full book review >
THE CLICK by Steve Shear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2018

"Though it treads familiar terrain, this action-laden futuristic tale offers a captivating world and protagonist."
In the 23rd century, a former CIA operative looks for a way to save his terminally ill grandson in this sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
RED MOON by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Not Robinson's (New York 2140, 2017, etc.) strongest work, but not without interest, either."
The murder of a Chinese politician on the moon in the mid-21st century sends a mismatched couple on the run and signals a looming crisis on Earth. Read full book review >
THE BLUE WITCH by Alane Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"Bright, brave characters star in this exhilarating tale of magic and mystical creatures."
An orphan witchling struggles with school bullies and the likelihood that the mother she's never known betrayed her coven in the launch of Adams' (The Santa Thief, 2017, etc.) YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
ROAR OF SKY  by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A serviceable ending to a historical fantasy series that shifts between provocatively imagined and culturally clueless."
The conclusion to Cato's (Red Dust and Dancing Horses and Other Stories, 2017, etc.) Blood of Earth trilogy takes its magically gifted young heroine to Hawaii on a quest to understand both herself and her extraordinary powers so she can save the world and the people she loves. Read full book review >
THE CONFECTIONER'S GUILD by Claire Luana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"An enchanting mystery that will engage readers' senses and capture their imaginations."
A young, magic-using baker is falsely accused of murder in Luana's (The Confectioner's Exile, 2018, etc.) YA fantasy series entry.Read full book review >
LOST MARS by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2018

"A thoroughly enjoyable assemblage of old-time science fiction."
A collection of sci-fi short stories about Mars, from the late 19th century through the 1960s, including tales from H.G. Wells, Ray Bradbury, and others. 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 >