Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

SIP by Brian Allen Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A promising premise and intriguing core characters but, ultimately, not enough cohesion between the plots to stick them all together."
A post-apocalyptic sci-fi Western, short story writer Carr's (The Shape of Every Monster Yet To Come, 2014, etc.) debut novel traces a brief and hobbled journey across the enduring landscape of the end of the world. Read full book review >
THE KEEP OF AGES  by Caragh M. O'Brien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Imperfect but still psychologically and philosophically rich. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
In the conclusion to the Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie has her final showdown with the villainous Berg and the dream-mining operations. Read full book review >

THE PLAGUE DIARIES by Ronlyn Domingue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An exciting, genre-melding journey into magical realms and the mending power of love."
Secret Riven—archivist to the mysterious Fewmany, a man who controls nearly every industry in Rothwyke—finally has the opportunity to decode the arcane manuscript her mother left behind. But the translation may throw everything she holds dear into turmoil. Read full book review >
STARSWEPT by Mary Fan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The beginning of an elegant, spirited rebellion saga."
Fan (The Adventures of the Silicon Beeches, 2017, etc.) begins a new YA sci-fi series in which an alien civilization patronizes performing arts prodigies on Earth.Read full book review >
AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A very promising start, both for a series and a new author."
This debut fantasy is set in the Risen Kingdoms, where countries float in the air and people take airships from place to place, princes battle for a throne, and dashing musketeers defend feisty princesses. Read full book review >

THE MASSACRE OF MANKIND by Stephen Baxter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A richly described and action-packed, albeit forgettable, glimpse into the near future of a science-fiction classic."
After writing an award-winning sequel to H.G. Wells' The Time Machine (The Time Ships, 1995), Baxter revisits another Wells classic, War of the Worlds, with a sequel to the seminal 1898 tale of alien invasion. Read full book review >
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."
The oldest soul on planet Earth is given five last chances to get life right. Read full book review >
AN ECHO OF THINGS TO COME by James Islington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Though the book is vastly overelaborate, the steady pace and intricately fascinating details are relentlessly gripping; fans of the first volume won't be disappointed."
Second part of Islington's doorstopper epic fantasy trilogy (The Shadow of What Was Lost, 2016), set in a world of the Gifted, whose magic lies in being able to tap into their own life force, and the Augurs, who wield a higher-order magic. Read full book review >
THE DIRE KING by William Ritter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A humorous, energetic, action-packed, and magical conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
A paranormal private investigator and his clever companion make a last stand against the forces of chaos in this fourth and final book. Read full book review >
WINGS UNSEEN by Rebecca Gomez Farrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This inventive epic about two kingdoms soars above its faults."
War, treachery, and star-crossed lovers abound in this high fantasy novel. Read full book review >
AGAINST A TYRANT by Clint Gleason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Violent, forceful sword-and-sandal adventure with a little Shakespearean tragedy around the edges."
In the fantasy realm of Vraniga, a paranoid warlord plans a genocidal march against perceived enemies while his rebellious general warns potential targets of impending danger. Read full book review >
CALL OF FIRE by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"An entertaining installment in a series that tackles an ambitious reimagining of history."
The second book in Cato's (Breath of Earth, 2016, etc.) historical fantasy series takes its tenacious heroine and her strange powers from San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest. 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 >