Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

KILL THE FARM BOY by Delilah S. Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring on laughing gas."
A rollicking fantasy adventure that upends numerous genre tropes in audacious style, the first installment of Dawson and Hearne's Tales of Pell series is a laugh-out-loud-funny fusion of Monty Python-esque humor and whimsy à la Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE NYX by Kameron Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"For established fans, a bittersweet reunion with old friends; for new readers, a reasonable enticement toward the superior novels of the series."
Hurley (The Stars Are Legion, 2017, etc.) collects five grim new adventures of Nyxnissa so Dasheem, disgraced ex-government assassin and current bloody-minded bounty hunter with an existing but deeply buried moral sense. Read full book review >

SPELLSLINGER by Sebastien de Castell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2018

"An intriguing system of magic, wry humor, and a twisting plot make for an entertaining series debut."
A young magician who cannot cast magic must prove himself in other ways in the first installment of a new fantasy series from de Castell (Tyrant's Throne, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
CONFIRMATION by Barna William  Donovan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2018

"A captivating examination of humanity's fear of the unknown, with hints of sci-fi and fantasy."
Donovan (Conspiracy Films, 2011, etc.) ventures into fiction with this story of baffling stone globes suddenly appearing around the world and the ways in which the populace responds. Read full book review >
UNCONQUERED WARRIOR by J. L.  Nicely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2018

"Intelligent and intriguingly complicated despite its flaws."
Representing her all-female clan, a young woman negotiates political alliances and forges a connection with a foreign king in this fantasy series starter. Read full book review >

EUROPEAN TRAVEL FOR THE MONSTROUS GENTLEWOMAN  by Theodora  Goss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A fizzy adventure for lovers of the genre, but the execution could have been much better."
Mary Jekyll and her crew of "monstrous gentlewomen" are back in the second installment of Goss' (The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, 2017) gothic mashup series. Read full book review >
SPINNING SILVER by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A medieval fable of obscure moral import blossoms into a thoughtful, emotionally complex, absorbing drama that stands confidently on its own merits."
From the author of Uprooted (2015), the splendid Temeraire Napoleonic Wars-and-dragons series, etc., this reworked fairy tale's opening sentence might well have read Once upon a time in Old Lithuania....Read full book review >
BEAST by Lisa Jensen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2018

"For readers who love reimagined fairy tales and strong female characters. (Fiction. 13-adult)"
A fresh retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" with an interesting and meaningful plot twist. Read full book review >
THE UNDERCURRENT by Paula Weston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2018

"A good idea undercut by the author's choices. (Science fiction/dystopian. 16-adult)"
In near-future Australia, a girl with unusual powers is caught up in a battle for the soul of her country. Read full book review >
LATCHKEY by Nicole Kornher-Stace
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2018

"Excruciating, cathartic, and triumphant. (Science fiction/horror. 12-adult)"
Near-future science-fiction crimes bleed into dystopian horror centuries later in a wildly imaginative genre-hybrid sequel to Archivist Wasp (2015). Read full book review >
SPILL ZONE: THE BROKEN VOW by Scott Westerfeld
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2018

"The richly satisfying conclusion won't keep readers from demanding a third volume. (Graphic novel. 12-adult)"
Addie has finally made her big score: Does that mean she and her little sister can escape the Spill Zone? Read full book review >
THE PHONE by W.J.  Orion
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2018

"A twisty alien-invasion actioner that's front-loaded with emotion."
After aliens in battle armor destroy most of human civilization, a tough adolescent survivor finds hope and surprise allies thanks to her possession of a rare, working cellphone in this YA sci-fi novel. 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 >