Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

INVASION AI by Derek Lilly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"An entertaining yarn that delivers a curious mix of science and sci-fi."
An astrophysicist discovers an artifact from outer space containing a cryptic message that may be a precursor to an alien attack in this debut novel. Read full book review >
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >

WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW GIRL by Rachel Vincent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adds nothing new to a crowded genre. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
After a chance encounter with a boy, a girl discovers secrets about herself and her society. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. Read full book review >

THE FORETELLING OF GEORGIE SPIDER by Ambelin Kwaymullina
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"If the plot's complex, the theme resounding through this powerful trilogy couldn't be clearer: we have the power to choose love over hate and life over death, to forgive ourselves and others; either all life matters or none of it does. (author's note) (Indigenous futurism. 12-adult)"
The Tribe depends on Georgie's ability to foresee possible futures; now a world-ending blizzard of emptiness is snuffing futures out, each time precipitated by Ashala's death, in this conclusion to the trilogy begun with The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (2014). Read full book review >
RACE FOR THE FLASH STONE by K. Patrick Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A solid follow-up to the series that answers many questions."
In this second volume of Donoghue's fantasy series, a scientist and his friends hope to defeat villains in the search for a lost civilization's mysterious stones. Read full book review >
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >
RENASCENCE by Leigh Goodison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2017

"A thoughtful and eventful sci-fi mystery that satisfies."
In this novel, a group of astronauts explores a faraway planet for colonization, but discovers it already has some inhabitants. Read full book review >
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction."
"Once upon a time there was a piece of biotech that grew and grew until it had its own apartment": an odd, atmospheric, and decidedly dark fable for our time. Read full book review >
AVENGED by Amy Tintera
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"Treachery and tentative romances but no resolution; best for fervent fans of the first one. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Kingdoms and heirs continue to clash in this political fantasy sequel to Ruined (2016). Read full book review >
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 >
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 >