Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

THE DREAMACHINE by William Dickerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"While portions fall victim to bland violence, this thriller explores a variety of intriguing topics."
A sci-fi novel examines a web developer's bizarre past and dangerous future. Read full book review >
HOW I BROKE THE SKY by E.W.  Park
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A challenging but absorbing introduction to a sci-fi series."
An apocalypse looms in this debut novel of crossed worlds and cataclysm. Read full book review >

BLOOD ORBIT by K.R. Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"This novel is powered by a focus on highly detailed police-procedural elements but lacks significant emotional connectivity."
A smooth blend of science fiction and police procedural, this novel is set on the corporate-owned planet of Gattis and revolves around an idealistic young cop and a cybernetically enhanced inspector faced with solving a mass murder that, if left unresolved, could trigger a bloody revolution. Read full book review >
PHANTOM PACT by Chad  Queen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entertaining adventure with complex characters and downright cool concepts for advanced technology and metaphysical abilities."
In Queen's debut sci-fi novel, a man whose powers come from the souls of the departed must figure out why masses of people are vanishing before there's no one left to save. Read full book review >
NANOMORPHOSIS by Marla L.  Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A thoroughly creative tale, sometimes hampered by over-explanation."
Debut author Anderson presents a sci-fi novel about an orphan's dedication to deep space exploration. Read full book review >

THE KNOWING by Sarah  Elmore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2018

"An often thrilling supernatural tale that explores the power of love."
In this debut paranormal mystery, a shadowy figure murders a psychic, leaving the woman's son to later pick up the pieces. Read full book review >
MEDUSA UPLOADED by Emily Devenport
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Sci-fi fans will love exploring the world of Oichi's spaceship home and living inside the head of a not-quite-coldblooded killer."
A tense sci-fi thriller about a woman determined to remake her society—at any cost. Read full book review >
ONLY HUMAN  by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Packing a surprisingly powerful thematic punch, this novel is an addictive blend of science fiction, apocalyptic thriller, and chillingly timely cautionary tale. Two (giant, robotic) thumbs up!"
Wrapping up Neuvel's (Waking Gods, 2017, etc.) Themis Files trilogy in grand style, the last volume of this science-fiction chronicle of humankind's war against an army of invading alien robots explores how the aftermath of the conflict has irrevocably changed our world. Read full book review >
WHITEOUT by Ashton  Macaulay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2018

"An often engaging, if sometimes-clichéd, tale with an acerbic lead."
In Macaulay's debut contemporary fantasy novel, a monster hunter pursues a yeti in the hostile winter landscape of the Himalayas and discovers the entrance to a hidden world. Read full book review >
PHORESIS by Greg Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2018

"Intriguing and absorbing and all too brief: a tale that demands a more expansive treatment."
Dazzling new novella from an author (Dichronauts, 2017, etc.) who specializes in inventing seriously weird worlds and making them real. Or sometimes not quite. Read full book review >
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 UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN by B. Robert Sharry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2018

"A sometimes-engaging cross between No Country for Old Men and The Twilight Zone."
Along the United States' southern border, a pregnant, teenage Mexican girl fleeing a murderous criminal crosses paths with an alien life form temporarily stranded on Earth in this sci-fi thriller. 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 >