Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

THE RAVEN GOD by Alane Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."
Sam and his brave friends must rally to defend Orkney in the final installment of Adams' (The Red Sun, 2015, etc.) YAfantasy series.Read full book review >
THE GLASS TOWN GAME by Catherynne M. Valente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An absolute must for fans, of course; but even readers who've never heard of Heathcliff will be captivated from the first page to the last. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
In a middle-grade fantasy reminiscent of beloved tales from Edward Eager and Pamela Dean, the imaginary realms of the Brontë juvenilia come to wondrous life. Read full book review >

EMBER by Brock Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A good-enough survival thriller that doesn't disappoint so much as it fails to truly impress."
The sun has fizzled down to an ember and the human race is left to figure out how to survive the frozen new world in Adams' (Gulf, 2010) dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >
BEFORELIFE by Randal  Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A promising premise in need of a good haircut."
An average Joe finds out there is life after death—though he's the only one who seems to know it. Read full book review >
BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre."
A teenage girl discovers what happens when the new boy next door is literally a harbinger of doom in this supernatural YA novel. Read full book review >

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa  Bashardoust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A hauntingly evocative adaptation that stands on its own merits. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Magic, mother-daughter conflict, and the quest for self-identity are given a dark and fantastical treatment in this chilling feminist adaptation of the "Snow White" fairy tale. Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN DREAMS by Michael Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although the science in these stories is dated, the thematic profundity and historical context make this anthology a thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining read."
The latest anthology of Victorian genre fiction from Sims (Arthur and Sherlock, 2017, etc.) focuses on historically significant science fiction and includes tales from Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Read full book review >
SEA OF RUST by C. Robert Cargill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Innovative worldbuilding, a tight plot, and cinematic action sequences make for an exciting ride through a blasted landscape full of dying robots."
Cargill (Queen of the Dark Things, 2014, etc.) takes readers to Earth's post-human future in which robots struggle to survive and remain free of their own robot overlords. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS MAGIC by Donald Hounam
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Violent, profane, caustic, grisly, and pitch-black—but all in a good way. (Horror/mystery. 14-adult)"
A brilliant teenage sorcerer takes on the case of a beheaded bishop in this supernatural noir debut. Read full book review >
CITY-STATE DARK by Carlos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A taut and mostly effective sci-fi thriller with two very good heroes and an engaging villain."
Rebels fight the state in a world changed by unnatural disaster in Carlos' (Water on the Moon, 2010, etc.) sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >
SIP by Brian Allen Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A promising premise and intriguing core characters but, ultimately, not enough cohesion between the plots to stick them all together."
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi Western, short story writer Carr's (The Shape of Every Monster Yet To Come, 2014, etc.) debut novel traces a brief and hobbled journey across the enduring landscape of the end of the world. 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 >