Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

A POISON DARK AND DROWNING  by Jessica Cluess
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Anyone who enjoyed the first title will adore this sequel and be on tenterhooks for the next. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Alternative-Victorian magical intrigue, monstrous Lovecraft-ian abominations, and torrid romantic entanglements all intensify in the second of an enthralling fantasy series following A Shadow Bright and Burning (2016). Read full book review >
ONE DARK THRONE  by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three sisters intensify their deadly struggle for the crown in the second of a horror-tinged fantasy series. Read full book review >

THE FORGOTTEN BEASTS OF ELD by Patricia A. McKillip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Like much of McKillip's work: gorgeous, evocative, and fragile."
Reissue of McKillip's 1974 fantasy tale of lost innocence; widely praised, sometimes extravagantly so, it won the 1975 World Fantasy Award. Read full book review >
NULL STATES by Malka Older
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing."
The second in a near-future series in which most of the world is governed by microdemocracy—in which groups of 100,000 people, or "centenals," vote for their government according to policy, not location. Read full book review >
AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A strong and cerebral start if perhaps a little too open-ended."
This debut work by the co-founder of sci-fi website io9 explores issues of free will and property in a corporate-run future. Read full book review >

CAVEMAN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Brad  Rau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A conspiracy story buoyed by childlike weirdness and heart."
This surreal fantasy finds a woman legally bound to a short, hairy man of unknown origin. Read full book review >
FIREBLOOD  by Elly Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sucker punch of escalating evil, sizzling romance, and a spitfire coming into her own. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Ruby embarks on a quest to learn how to stop the murderous Minax, risking her life and her love. Read full book review >
WARCROSS by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A stellar cyberpunk series opener packed with simmering romance and cinematic thrills. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
A down-and-out teen, days from eviction, competes in the championships of the world's most popular virtual reality game. Read full book review >
AN EXCESS MALE by Maggie Shen King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An intelligent, incisive commentary on how love survives—or doesn't—under the heel of the State."
In her provocative debut, King imagines a world in which China's One Child Policy has created a dystopian future of longing, inequality, and constant surveillance. Read full book review >
THE MISADVENTURES OF A LIFE LESS LIVED by Clayton D. Gerrard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An amusing satire of self-discovery in the form of a madcap misadventure tale."
A college junior literally loses his life and must find a new one in this debut magical realism novel. Read full book review >
SHADOWHOUSE FALL  by Daniel José Older
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Lit. (Urban fantasy. 14-adult)"
Sierra and the shadowshapers are back in this sequel to Shadowshaper (2015). Read full book review >
THE RAVEN GOD by Alane Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."
Sam and his brave friends must rally to defend Orkney in the final installment of Adams' (The Red Sun, 2015, etc.) YAfantasy series.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 >