Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

WILDERS by Brenda Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"The potential for some interesting ideas languishes in a half-built world populated with barely sketched characters."
The first of a near-future series about an uneasy balance between city and country. Read full book review >
CORMORANT RUN by Lilith Saintcrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A slow start and lack of compelling characters hold this back from becoming the gripping adventure it wants to be."
A down-and-dirty caper set in a dangerous and enigmatic world. Read full book review >

OUR DARK DUET  by Victoria Schwab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Happily, the many ardent fans waiting for this volume probably won't mind its snags, they'll just delight in the feels. (Fantasy/horror. 14-adult)"
In a world where monstrous acts beget actual monsters, what is humanity? Read full book review >
THE SACRED ERA by Yoshio Aramaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A badly translated and misogynistic sci-fi relic."
A surreal dystopian tale originally published in the 1970s is the Japanese author's first novel to be translated into English. Read full book review >
SOLERI by Michael Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A pedestrian opening volume."
First installment of a fantasy series featuring a power struggle over the remains of an ancient empire, from the co-author (with wife Melissa de la Cruz) of the Heart of Dread trilogy (Golden, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER by Theodora  Goss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Despite a potential-laden premise that stands out from the many character-mashup stories on the market, this collection of parts fails to come alive."
The daughters of literature's most infamous scientists band together in Goss' (Red as Blood and White as Bone, 2016, etc.) Gothic adventure story. Read full book review >
NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 27, 2017

"Absolutely devastating in the best way. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 15-adult)"
The Dracul siblings experience power's price in this middle volume of a trilogy that imagines a female Vlad the Impaler. Read full book review >
THE WAKING LAND by Callie Bates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Given that Bates had such magical material to work with, her lack of depth and ingenuity is disappointing."
In this debut novel, a young woman must rediscover her ancient powers of earth magic to save a kingdom. Read full book review >
THE WITCHWOOD CROWN  by Tad Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Not just utterly readable—an instant fantasy classic."
Almost three decades after the release of the first volume of Williams' epic fantasy series, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, he returns to the iconic realm of Osten Ard with the stunning first installment of a new sequel trilogy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
THE MAN OF LEGENDS by Kenneth Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"A promising idea that gets bogged down with a slow-moving plot and shallow characters."
A century-spanning story of spirituality and the search for meaning in a very long life. Read full book review >
THE RELUCTANT QUEEN by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Still worth following, at least for now."
The second in a fantasy series set in a heavily forested continent whose vitality depends on bloodthirsty nature spirits controlled by magically gifted women. 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 >