Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
DREADMARROW THIEF by Marjory  Kaptanoglu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A novel that celebrates life and love the way only the best fantasy tales can."
In this YA fantasy debut, a magically powered teenager battles a ruling wizard on behalf of her parents. 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 >
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 >
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 >