Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

JADE CITY  by Fonda Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The open-ended nature of the ending suggests that the clan war is not yet over; it'll be interesting to see what course Lee charts next."
Two clans fueled by the magical power of jade battle for control of an analog of mid-20th-century Hong Kong. Read full book review >
THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An emotional and dramatic tale of an otherworldly relationship."
A teenage runaway and a mysterious girl, the sole winter inhabitants of a lake island, share their painful histories and forge a connection in this YA paranormal romance. Read full book review >

KINGDOM OF WOMEN by Rosalie Morales Kearns
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A bold, politically minded tale with a spiritual soul."
A feminist alternative history novel explores the morality of violence. Read full book review >
FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Decades after being originally published, most of these stories are still just as entertaining and powerful as they were when first released. A singularly unique collection."
The unifying theme of this collection of stories from science-fiction grandmaster Silverberg—spanning five decades, from 1956 to 1997—is that they're all told in the first person singular. Read full book review >
WOLVES & ROSES by Christina Bauer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An entertaining foray into lifestyles of the rich and magical."
A teenage girl, slated for a fairy-tale life, yearns for normality in this contemporary YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >

MALICE OF CROWS by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Fans of the Shadow will love returning to his world, and fantasy fans who haven't yet encountered this colorful cowboy should hurry up and dive in."
A tale of magical battles set on the frontier of a Western world beset by monsters. Read full book review >
THE MONGREL MAGE  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Nothing much new or original, but utterly absorbing and supremely satisfying for all that."
This 19th entry in the Recluce fantasy series, in which two opposite types of magic work—white, which involves the manipulation of chaos, and black, which uses order—begins a new trilogy set on the continent of Candar. Read full book review >
ERRANT GODS by Erik Henry  Vick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An audacious novel with a hero that braves both mythical creatures and a disability."
To save his family, a former New York state cop follows serial killers into a strange realm of gods and dragons in Vick's (Devils, 2017, etc.) fantasy tale. Read full book review >
THE TETHERED MAGE  by Melissa Caruso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Charming and solidly fun."
The first of a trilogy set in a land inspired by late-17th-century Venice—but with magic, gender equality, and same-sex marriage. Read full book review >
THE INFINITE NOW by Mindy  Tarquini
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A well-woven tapestry of history, character, and charming mystery."
A young immigrant searches for her place in early-20th-century America in Tarquini's (Hindsight, 2016) historical fantasy novel. Read full book review >
BRIGHT BLOOD by Aariel  Portera
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Some strong moments, but a formulaic romance and untethered timeline mar the novel."
In this YAfantasy/historical romance, an aristocratic young woman is in danger from demonic figures. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Pullman's return to the realms of His Dark Materials moves the timeline back to Lyra's infancy with a tale of young people struggling against outsized forces of both nature and evil. 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 >