Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

THE FUTURE IS BLUE by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2018

"Let the stories wash over you and just go with it."
Valente (Space Opera, 2018, etc.) collects her fablelike short works of fantasy, science fiction, and science fantasy. Read full book review >
NOUMENON INFINITY by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Sci-fi action and adventure held together by universally human themes; this is the genre at its very best."
The newly relaunched Convoy Seven and its crew of clones heads back to the distant star LQ Pyx and the mysterious alien structure surrounding it in this breathtaking sequel to Lostetter's critically acclaimed Noumenon (2017). Read full book review >

BALL LIGHTNING by Cixin Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Consistently surprising and absorbing—just not for the usual reasons."
A new science-fiction venture from the award-winning Chinese author of the brilliant alien-contact trilogy concluded with Death's End (2016), whose readers, hopefully, learned to expect the unexpected. Read full book review >
FOUNDRYSIDE by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"If you accept the notion that the laws of gravity are just suggestions, this makes for a grand entertainment."
Bennett (City of Miracles, 2017, etc.) inaugurates another series of imaginative, thoroughly idiosyncratic fantasy novels. Read full book review >
TERRA INCOGNITA by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Clever, funny, thought-provoking, and sweet, these stories are classic Willis."
A master of fantasy playfully combines science fiction with other genres in three antic novellas. Read full book review >

AWAKENING OF THE TWELVE—PART 1 by Roderick Kelvin Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2018

"Though it abandons its initial intensity, this story showcases a welcome union of singular characters."
An enigmatic and diabolical ancient cult pursues a group of exceptional, multiethnic teens around the globe in this second installment of a fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE DARK CABIN MURDERS by Frank L.  Gertcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"An imaginative morality tale about free will, crime, punishment, and the possibility of redemption."
In mid-19th-century Indiana, good and evil spirits vie for the soul of an 11-year-old boy in Gertcher's mystical debut novel. Read full book review >
THE SPACESHIP NEXT DOOR by Gene Doucette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Not so much a vision of a complicated future as a warmhearted ode to a simpler time and place in a community so small that everybody knows everybody else's business."
Doucette's genial, leisurely novel feels like a throwback to the squeaky clean science fiction of the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DOG by Lark Benobi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2018

"A fantasy tale with unforgettable characters and a convincing, insightful message."
In Benobi's (After, 2005, as Claire Tristram) allegorical novel, a mysterious toxin turning people into animals turns out to be a sign of the Apocalypse. 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 >