Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

FEYR STRIKES BACK by Ross Goodell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2018

"An often engaging tale that should keep readers hooked with a blend of magic, high-stakes action, and the continuing growth of its likable teen protagonist."
A 16-year-old, his parents, and his magical sprite girlfriend are threatened by a conspiracy of corporate villains on Earth and an Emperor from another world in the second book in Goodell and Bright's (The Harmonies of Magic, 2017) YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
ABOVE THE STAR by Alexis Marie Chute
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A twisty tale with an otherworldly setting that readers will happily revisit."
In this launch of Chute's (Expecting Sunshine, 2017) fantasy trilogy, a family travels to a bizarre and dangerous parallel world. Read full book review >

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A zesty treat for YA and new-adult fantasists."
A young medieval woman embarks on a grim mission in this first installment of a fantasy romance series. Read full book review >
PLUM RAINS by Andromeda Romano-Lax
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A well-written, entertaining novel that both enacts and subverts the tropes of android fiction."
A Filipino care worker's livelihood is threatened by an android in future Japan. Read full book review >
STARLESS by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2018

"A hardworking middle-of-the-roader with limited appeal beyond existing Carey addicts."
Carey (Miranda and Caliban, 2017, etc.) returns to doorstopper-land with this stand-alone heroic fantasy set in a world whose sky is empty of stars. Read full book review >

THE GREY BASTARDS  by Jonathan French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"An addictively readable—and undeniably cool—fantasy masterwork."
French's adrenaline-fueled adventure fantasy, which features badass gangs of tattooed half-orcs on the backs of giant war hogs thundering across a lawless wasteland, is an unapologetically brutal thrill ride—like Mad Max set in Tolkien's Middle-earth. Read full book review >
OUTCASTS OF ORDER  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt's universe, if only for a few hours or days."
Second part of the trilogy (The Mongrel Mage, 2017) embedded in the Recluce fantasy series in which white chaos magic and black order magic coexist—often violently. Read full book review >
GATE CRASHERS by Patrick S. Tomlinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A well-drawn ensemble cast of scientists, soldiers, and aliens enriches this quirky first-contact tale, but that same quirkiness steals some of its impact."
Humanity makes first contact with aliens—but humanity being what is, it doesn't go smoothly. Read full book review >
SUMMERLAND by Hannu Rajaniemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A jaw-dropping, knowing, hyperintelligent yarn that, like the author's previous outings, would have benefitted from fewer smarts and more warmth."
Following a dazzling science-fiction trilogy, Rajaniemi (Invisible Planets, 2017, etc.) offers a sort of neo-steampunk spy story wherein the afterlife is real. Read full book review >
EUROPEAN TRAVEL FOR THE MONSTROUS GENTLEWOMAN  by Theodora  Goss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A fizzy adventure for lovers of the genre, but the execution could have been much better."
Mary Jekyll and her crew of "monstrous gentlewomen" are back in the second installment of Goss' (The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, 2017) gothic mashup series. Read full book review >
BOLLYWOOD INVASION by Ricardo  Alexanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2018

"An imaginative, if rather shallow, rock ‘n' roll fantasy."
Alexanders (The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb, 2017) tells the story of a teenager who wakes up in an alternate universe and becomes a rock star in this YA novel. Read full book review >
Outland Exile by Clark Boutwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2045

"An engrossing, imaginative dystopian thriller."
Boutwell tells the story of a young soldier navigating the chasm between two opposing societies in this sci-fi debut. 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 >