Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

THE APOCALYPSE OF ELENA MENDOZA by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A creative and original tale shot through with quirky humor that entertains while encouraging readers to ponder questions of free will and social responsibility. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A coffee chain is the unlikely setting of a miracle healing that sets in motion events that herald a coming apocalypse. Read full book review >
THE IMMUNDUS by Christina  Enquist
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite a few flaws, a well-paced sci-fi story with excitement, emotion, and character testing."
In this YA dystopian debut, a teenager must make hard decisions when she learns the truth behind a mysterious disease. Read full book review >

GHOST BULLY by Brian  Corley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An absurdly humorous novel of the paranormal whose enthusiasm and profundity make it truly exceptional."
In Corley's debut fantasy/comedy, a ghost learns that the afterlife has its own unique set of pitfalls, including direct threats from demons. Read full book review >
INTO THE FIRE  by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"There's always so much to admire in Moon's work that, even when she's not fully engaged, readers will be gratified."
In this sequel to Cold Welcome (2017), itself part of a long-standing military science-fiction series, ex-Adm. Ky Vatta must confront a murderous conspiracy against her family and the government of her home planet, Slotter Key. Read full book review >
EXILES' ESCAPE by W. Clark  Boutwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A vividly imagined sci-fi epic."
Young warriors fight a repressive government in this dystopian vision of America. Read full book review >

BY A CHARM & A CURSE by Jaime  Questell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A dark idea for a YA story, executed deftly and with feeling."
In Questell's debut YA novel, a teenage girl has her first kiss and becomes trapped by a traveling carnival's magical spell. Read full book review >
THE KITCHENS OF CANTON by Isham Cook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An insightful, unconventional, and risqué view of present-day culture."
In Cook's (American Rococo, 2017, etc.) satirical novel, a 55-year-old university professor time travels to the ancient past and a dystopian future. Read full book review >
TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER by Tamora Pierce
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Anyone can jump into the Numair Chronicles, but the novel will especially appeal to fans of the Tortall books. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
Pierce's new prequel series chronicles the beginnings of one of Tortall's greatest mages. Read full book review >
THE DRAKOS EFFECT by Joe  Sharcoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2018

"A well-written, imaginative tale of humans, aliens, and the choices they face."
Under extraterrestrial surveillance, the human race grapples with an ancient, deadly threat in this sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT FRONT  by David Mack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A complex, entertaining fantasy that sets loose a 'chosen one' hero arc among the dogs of war."
A young Oxford student discovers his mystical destiny on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
STARLINGS by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"An intriguing peek inside a fertile mind."
Award-winning sci-fi novelist and essayist Walton shares her poetry, a play, and assorted short fiction, accompanied by lengthy insights about writing each work and complaints about not getting paid. Read full book review >
THE HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Not everybody lives, and certainly not 'happily ever after'—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice's fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched. (Fantasy. 16-adult)"
A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother's sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. 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 >