Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

CITY OF MIRACLES by Robert Jackson Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Dark and violent but a tale well spun and with a most satisfying conclusion. Just stay out of the way of the flying fickle Finger of Kolkan…."
Ashara Komayd is dead. Or is she? Anyway, hells, yes, Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is ticked off, as he so often is in Bennett's sound-and-fury trilogy. Read full book review >
BORROWED SOULS by Chelsea  Mueller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A quick, if predictable, ride for urban fantasy fans. Mueller tries for emotional depth with her leads, but the themes of guilt and family are handled too heavily to get much traction."
In Mueller's debut novel, a young woman struggles to save her brother from the mob but is sucked into a world of shady magic and a partnership with a handsome bad boy. Read full book review >

THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by M.R. Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human."
Carey returns to the post-apocalyptic world of The Girl with All the Gifts (2014). Read full book review >
AFTER ON by Rob Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"An epic cyberthriller peppered with pop-culture references, metadata, and Silicon Valley in-jokes."
A team of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs must come up with a plan to save the world after their dating app spontaneously becomes sentient. Read full book review >
THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Transported from her sheltered village life to join the diverse, magical student body at Verpax University, Elloren Gardner's comfortable sense of history is challenged by living and learning alongside Elves, shape-shifting Lupines, and even feared, demonic Icarals. Read full book review >

A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN  by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"Nifty romantic escapism enhanced by expansion of worldbuilding and development of secondary characters. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Feyre and her friends must stop the evil Hybern king's conquering schemes. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF AITHNE by Karin Rita Gastreich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"An enticing and elegant series finale filled with magic and turmoil."
In this conclusion of a fantasy trilogy, treachery and thoughts of retribution may spawn a devastating war between kingdoms. Read full book review >
WE OTHER by Sue Bentley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2017

"Packed with dense maunderings, this out-of-control tome might appeal to readers of slow-moving fairy stories aimed at adults—but likely won't. (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
Even a fairy princess can have a dreadful childhood. Read full book review >
THE WHITE RAVEN by Carrie D. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2017

"A heartfelt fantasy tale with a spirited plot."
Magic and suspense abound in this moving debut fantasy novel about how far a witch will go to help a friend. Read full book review >
AHE'EY by Jamie Le Fay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2017

"A bracing mix of emotionally and intellectually honest fantasy."
In this romantic tale, a champion of women's empowerment stumbles on a hidden—and seemingly perfect—society. Read full book review >
PARADIGM LOST by R. Roderick Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2017

"An inventive tribal tale hampered by problematic racial attitudes and extraneous details."
In this novel, a young man in a future Pacific Northwest finds his purpose in a homoerotic culture that combines Native American-derived spirituality with militarism. Read full book review >
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don't already."
Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, 2014, etc.) offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. 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 >