Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
THE GIRL WHO SAVED GHOSTS by K.C. Tansley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An enjoyable supernatural mystery that tries to do too many things at once."
A high schooler learns more about her powers and her enemies in this YA paranormal-adventure sequel by Tansley (The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts, 2015). Read full book review >

A PLAGUE OF GIANTS  by Kevin Hearne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A genuine page-turner: dependable entertainment with no claims to profundity."
The author of Besieged (2017, etc.), kicks off a new doorstopper fantasy trilogy in which a peaceful continent suffers coincidental invasions by different giant races.Read full book review >
SUN WARRIOR by P.C. Cast
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Another hefty tome for Cast's fans. (Fiction. 14-adult)"
The second in the Tales of a New World series picks up only hours after Moon Chosen (2016) left off. Read full book review >
AFTERTASTE by Andrew Post
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A squishy bit of pulp horror with a hero whose loneliness just complements his lifelessness."
When a paranormal creature infiltrates a rural North Carolina backwater, a mysterious agency sends a dead guy to make things right, as one does. Read full book review >

INFINITE STARS by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A volume to dip into rather than read right through."
Fourteen new stories and 10 reprints, some of full novella length, hitching together two familiar themes, military science fiction and space opera. Read full book review >
FORBIDDEN SUNS by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The whole impressive enterprise roars and rattles along, thrilling, relentless, gripping, and utterly improbable: pure delight for fans."
Final part of Clark's (Forgotten Worlds, 2017, etc.) The Silence, a widescreen, all-action military/space opera trilogy in which giant alien jellyfish called the Blue-Blue-White threaten to exterminate all sentient life in the galaxy. Read full book review >
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JEAN LUC PICARD by David A. Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Set a course far away from this book—maximum warp."
Goodman (The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, 2015, etc.) continues his series of in-universe memoirs by Star Trek captains. Read full book review >
ABANDON HOPE by Michael Decamp
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An often diverting tale that bubbles with suspense."
In DeCamp's debut middle-grade fantasy thriller, two small-town boys searching for their abducted friend get a helping hand from beings from another dimension. Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE CRETACEOUS by Howard W.  Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"An offbeat meditation on relationships, replete with quirky characters and a poignant romance at the center of the action."
Tales of love, loss, and regret unfold around a futuristic dinosaur park in this novel. Read full book review >
JACK GREGSON & THE FORGOTTEN PORTAL by Peter  Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"By-the-numbers portal fantasy with little to distinguish it from the pack."
Three children discover their magical family legacy in Wilson's middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SWORDS by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"When fine writer and expert editor Dozois beckons, authors deliver—and this surely will be one of the year's essential anthologies."
Dozois, an indefatigable editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, 2017, etc.), introduces an all-new compendium of 16 original stories, many set in their authors' established fantasy universes. 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 >