Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE JODE by PJ Selarom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2017

"A potentially engaging fantasy series hampered by overly elaborate prose."
This fantasy debut features a band of heroes scrambling to prevent the overthrow of its world by a power-hungry emperor. Read full book review >
RINGER by Lauren Oliver
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Speculative fiction at its core, Oliver's novel is also a reflection on the nature of humanity as explored through the dualities of life/death, autonomy/ownership, truth/lies, and good/evil. (Science fiction. 15-adult)"
It has been three weeks since the Haven Institute fell, but it still has subjects Lyra and Gemma in its insidious grip. Read full book review >

MACHINE LEARNING by Hugh Howey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A thoroughly engaging collection with a dark sense of humor but its finger always on the pulse of genuine human concerns."
Twenty-one new and previously published stories are gathered loosely by subgenre in this collection from sci-fi author Howey (Sand, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
SPARKED by Helena Echlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh, enthusiastic, and wholly satisfying take on a familiar subgenre."
Teens with newfound powers may be the only ones who can stop an ancient evil from rising in Echlin (Gone, 2002) and Watrous' (If You Follow Me, 2010) supernatural mystery.Read full book review >
IRONFOOT by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining, fast-paced read that will please readers looking for mystery and enchantment set amid castles, horses, counts, and peasants."
A magical medieval murder mystery that will keep readers guessing until the evildoer is revealed. Read full book review >

AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS by Rivers Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An entertaining novel that does not neglect the vitality of its story while probing society's assumptions."
The HSS Matilda is a massive spaceship that has carried a small contingent of humanity for many years away from a destroyed Earth and toward a hazy vision of a promised land. Read full book review >
MAGEBORN by Stephen Aryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Solid, if unexceptional."
A conspiracy to eliminate magic threatens all the lands of the west in Part 1 of a sequel series to The Age of Darkness trilogy (Chaosmage, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
SEIZE TODAY by Pintip Dunn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Savvy writing begets effervescent characters in this futuristic saga, with a gratifying conclusion in every respect."
In this final chapter of a YA sci-fi trilogy, a precognitive teen fights to prevent a genocide—at her mother's hands—and falls for a boy destined to be her murderer. Read full book review >
BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A solid middle entry that will satisfy readers hooked on this series—and leave them eager for the next. (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14-adult)"
This third installment in Bray's speculative historical-fiction series continues to spin the stories of its large ensemble of supernaturally gifted characters in 1920s New York City. Read full book review >
NIGHT OF UPSIDE DOWN by Kathlaine C.  Gill
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"While this tale brings some vibrant new ideas to the paranormal genre, they could be more deftly integrated."
In this debut YA novel, an Australian girl dreams she's an 18th-century Scottish Highlander woman while preparing for an academic competition. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE IS MY PAST by Donna Clovis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An insightful and earnest collection of stories centered on a sanctuary city."
The third of Clovis' (Six Doors Down, 2017, etc.) Princeton-centric novels uses time travel to examine how discrimination has changed or stayed relatively the same. Read full book review >
BLOWBACK '63 by Brian Meehl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 28, 2017

"A quirky and engaging crossroads for fans of baseball, the Civil War, and time travel."
In this YA sequel, twins embroil themselves in further time-travel high jinks while searching for their mother. 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 >