Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke  Bolander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A rich, poetic novella."
A young factory worker with radiation poisoning trains an elephant with near-human consciousness to conduct the tasks that resulted in her affliction, and the bond they form leads them to seek vengeance against those who have wronged them. Read full book review >
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Not everybody lives, and certainly not 'happily ever after'—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice's fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched. (Fantasy. 16-adult)"
A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother's sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Read full book review >

STARLINGS by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind."
Award-winning sci-fi novelist and essayist Walton shares her poetry, a play, and assorted short fiction, accompanied by lengthy insights about writing each work and complaints about not getting paid. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT FRONT  by David Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a 'chosen one' hero arc among the dogs of war."
A young Oxford student discovers his mystical destiny on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A creative and original tale shot through with quirky humor that entertains while encouraging readers to ponder questions of free will and social responsibility. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A coffee chain is the unlikely setting of a miracle healing that sets in motion events that herald a coming apocalypse. Read full book review >

TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER by Tamora Pierce
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Anyone can jump into the Numair Chronicles, but the novel will especially appeal to fans of the Tortall books. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
Pierce's new prequel series chronicles the beginnings of one of Tortall's greatest mages. Read full book review >
THE GONE WORLD by Tom Sweterlitsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"This darkly poetic and profoundly disturbing glimpse into the potential last days of humankind will surely haunt readers' dreams long after the book is finished."
Sweterlitsch's latest (Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 2014, etc.) is a mind-blowing fusion of science fiction, thriller, existential horror, and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
CHILD OF A MAD GOD by R.A. Salvatore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Enjoyable and addictive, flaws and all."
Salvatore kicks off a new fantasy sequence set in the world of Corona (Immortalis, 2003, etc.) but with only passing references to persons and events from previous adventures. Read full book review >
SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An outstanding science-fiction novel hobbled by its rushed story structure."
Colonists land on a planet with unexpected sentient species in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR PRINCE by C.J. Redwine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"An exciting, entertaining series companion. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
A prince replaced by a double must reclaim his identity. Read full book review >
SHATTER by Aprilynne Pike
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A delicious drama of morally imperfect characters in a fantastical future world with timely, relevant politics. (Romantic thriller/science fiction. 12-adult)"
In this sci-fi duology closer, Queen Danica must embrace her role to find a way to break out of her gilded, 22nd-century cage. Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER'S FLIGHT by Tom Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A fun, fast-paced coming-of-age story laced with magic."
In a world of woman-dominated practical magic, a young man yearns to make a place for himself. 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 >