Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

GODS, MONSTERS, AND THE LUCKY PEACH by Kelly Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2018

"The strong worldbuilding will appeal to sci-fi fans, but a slow-burn plot that spends too much time on the logistics of time travel weakens an otherwise appealing story."
A high-concept story of time-traveling scientists trying to fix the future by returning to the past. Read full book review >
IMPOSTOR SYNDROME  by Mishell Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2018

"An entertaining novel of magical heists driven by deeply appealing characters."
In the third book of The Arcadia Project series, Baker (Phantom Pains, 2017, etc.) raises the stakes for an engaging heroine, who wrestles with physical disability and mental illness. Read full book review >

NEMECENE by Kaz Lefave
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 6, 2018

"Alluring, lyrical prose, although story questions still linger."
The third entry in Lefave's (The Gadlin Conspiracy, 2017, etc.) dystopian series finds twins Elize and Keeto at the center of a government's war against their Gadlin race. Read full book review >
GOOD GUYS by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"An engaging cast can't entirely save this novel from the leaps it asks readers to make. The story often fizzles where it should bang."
Three operatives work to solve a string of murders committed by sorcery, but their investigation leads them to question both their own secretive employers and the ethics of using magic, in this novel by fantasist Brust (Vallista, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
LAKE SILENCE  by Anne Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Her fans will enjoy this reheated fare, but it would be nice to see something fresh on offer for Bishop's next effort."
This contemporary fantasy is the first in a series spun off from The Others, set in an alternate world where shape-shifters, vampires, and Elementals control all the natural resources and see most humans as prey. Read full book review >

BLOOD OF THE FOUR by Christopher Golden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"A nicely self-contained and kinetic excursion into political fantasy."
A once-strong kingdom is torn by power struggles in this one-volume epic. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF THE STORM by Kim Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Potentially interesting, but only time (i.e., future books) will tell."
In the first of a Norse-inflected high fantasy series, five sisters (and one stepbrother) threaten the status quo of all the countries of Thyrsland. Read full book review >
STRANGERS by David A.  Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2018

"A promising first episode of a new series with a striking hero and a coyote spirit."
A YA fantasy tells the story of a teen returning home to seek redemption. Read full book review >
AMAZING GRACE by S.E. Sasaki
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2018

"Fresh intelligence, danger, and complexity await sci-fi fans."
This third volume of a space station series reinvigorates a familiar villain and introduces new allies. Read full book review >
DIM THE LIGHTS by Sue Duff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"An action-packed conclusion to a sci-fi series that mostly satisfies."
A struggle to defeat a power-mad clan leader and his sinister brother reaches the crisis point across three worlds in this final installment of The Weir Chronicles. Read full book review >
REVELATIONS by Bellamy  Westbay
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"A triumphant series launch with an appealing couple that's sure to garner return readers."
A college student becomes drawn to an enigmatic man whose startling secret may be putting her in mortal danger in this supernatural-infused debut romance. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE BIRD by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"VanderMeer fans will treasure this installment in the Borne saga while hoping for something more substantial to follow—and soon."
A lyrical if dark-hearted sidenote to VanderMeer's wonderfully inventive dystopian novel Borne (2017). 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 >