Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

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 BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Readers who know their World War II history and enjoy extremely unreliable narrators will find great satisfaction in puzzling out the truth behind the horrors Jess leaves unspoken. (Alternate history. 15-adult)"
Jessika is an upstanding schoolgirl in the English countryside of the Greater German Reich. Read full book review >
CROSSTOWN by Loren W. Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"This book attempts to tackle some provocative ideas about the nature of power but lacks the suspense needed to keep the reader interested in hearing them."
A story of murder and revenge set in a world where anything is possible. Read full book review >
ARTEMIS by Andy Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"One small step, no giant leaps."
Weir (The Martian, 2014) returns with another off-world tale, this time set on a lunar colony several decades in the future. Read full book review >

THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A.  Chakraborty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Highly impressive and exceptionally promising."
A rich Middle Eastern fantasy, the first of a trilogy: Chakraborty's intriguing debut. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPING SEER by Morgan  Blue Malory
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A meticulous and singular story about seers that's slowed by extensive dialogue."
A debut urban fantasy novel follows two siblings in Pennsylvania. Read full book review >
ICE by Anna Kavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction."
This 50th-anniversary edition of a novel about a surreal pursuit through an apocalyptic world should bring new attention to Kavan (1901-1968; Who Are You, 1963, etc.), a writer of intense imagination. Read full book review >
LIVING THE GOOD DEATH by Scott  Baron
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"This paranormal tale sets an intriguing stage, but its blander passages dilute the comedy."
Baron (Snow White's Walk of Shame, 2017, etc.) offers a novel in which Death comes to life. Read full book review >
SIEGE OF SHADOWS  by Sarah Raughley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"This sequel lacks the excitement of its predecessor, but a shocking cliffhanger ending may salvage it for readers. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Maia, Chae Rin, Lake, and Belle continue their face-off against Saul in Book 2 of the Effigies series, following Fate of Flames (2016). Read full book review >
WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND by Kari Maaren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A charming, extraordinarily relatable book with the potential to become a timeless classic."
A Canadian teenager learns about herself—and the fabric of the universe—when she goes traveling in time with an immortal 14-year-old. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF WOMEN by Rosalie Morales Kearns
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 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 >
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 >