Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

I MET A TRAVELLER IN AN ANTIQUE LAND by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2018

"Willis has a delightful comic voice, but it's hard to imagine who the audience is supposed to be for this book. Concerned bibliophiles will find far more coherent nonfiction discussions of literary loss—Nicholson Baker's Double Fold springs to mind—while fans of Willis' fiction should probably stick to her novels, which feature fully drawn characters instead of straw men."
A passionate rant about books being lost to changing document-preservation practices, lightly disguised as a novella. Read full book review >
THE DEFIANT HEIR by Melissa Caruso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A satisfyingly action-packed and bittersweet follow-up which promises more to come."
The second volume of a political fantasy series (The Tethered Mage, 2017) in which the noble, scholarly heroine hails from a magic-wielding city reminiscent of Venice. Read full book review >

THE ONE AND ONLY by Julia  Ash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A smart, gory, and sleazy zombiefest."
In this debut horror fantasy, bioterrorism lowers a blanket of darkness and scarcity on the world, but one woman may be capable of returning the light. Read full book review >
The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
THE LONG SUNSET by Jack McDevitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Despite a slow-motion first hundred pages pondering whether the expedition should go ahead, a solidly engrossing entry in this agreeable and reliable series."
The eighth entry in the medium-future Academy series (Starhawk, 2013, etc.) starring expert spaceship pilot Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins and her expeditions around a galaxy littered with ancient alien artifacts yet now seemingly devoid of intelligent life. Read full book review >

HEAD ON by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Very clever, wonderfully satisfying fun."
The long-awaited second in a series (Lock In, 2014) that explores disability politics within the context of a near-future techno-thriller. Read full book review >
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU JOUST FOR by Ryan  Hauge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 17, 2018

"An addictive adventure with a familiar framework."
In this YA medieval fantasy, a noble family enjoys peacetime pursuits until history comes knocking. Read full book review >
SEEING FOREVER by Robert J.  McCarter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2018

"Sci-fi as it should be: engaging, moving, and grand in scope."
McCarter (Of Things Not Seen, 2017, etc.) returns with a tale of a man who defeats the limits of mortality only to question the worth of indefinite existence. Read full book review >
THE GIRL FROM THE MOON by Maria   Beta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 2018

"An assortment of engaging ideas in an ambitious but sometimes perplexing sci-fi story."
In this debut near-future novel, a young woman faces difficult choices after discovering she can change her elemental makeup. Read full book review >
THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE by Rohan Quine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 11, 2018

"Unhurried but engrossing novel in which characters are more enticing than otherworldly technology."
In Quine's sci-fi tale, a game designer, aided by the physical manifestations of his game characters, fights back against a company trying to sabotage his work. Read full book review >
SERPENT IN THE HEATHER  by Kay  Kenyon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Paranormal fantasy and historical fiction fans alike should find Kenyon's saga featuring assassins, spies, and secret agents to be supremely entertaining. A unique concept that is superbly executed."
Set in pre-World War II Europe and seamlessly blending together elements of paranormal fantasy and historical mystery, the second installment in Kenyon's Dark Talents saga featuring British Secret Intelligence Service agent Kim Tavistock (At the Table of Wolves, 2017) pits the intrepid journalist-turned-operative against a serial killer with ties to Hitler's Nazi regime. Read full book review >
FIRE DANCE by Ilana C. Myer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Worth waiting for."
In the sequel to Last Song Before Night (2015), Myer pursues the theme that magic might cause more problems than it solves. 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 >