Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

BEFORELIFE by Randal  Graham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A promising premise in need of a good haircut."
An average Joe finds out there is life after death—though he's the only one who seems to know it. Read full book review >
BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS by Meg Kassel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A pleasingly original contribution to the paranormal-romance genre."
A teenage girl discovers what happens when the new boy next door is literally a harbinger of doom in this supernatural YA novel. Read full book review >

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa  Bashardoust
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A hauntingly evocative adaptation that stands on its own merits. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Magic, mother-daughter conflict, and the quest for self-identity are given a dark and fantastical treatment in this chilling feminist adaptation of the "Snow White" fairy tale. Read full book review >
FRANKENSTEIN DREAMS by Michael Sims
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although the science in these stories is dated, the thematic profundity and historical context make this anthology a thought-provoking and undeniably entertaining read."
The latest anthology of Victorian genre fiction from Sims (Arthur and Sherlock, 2017, etc.) focuses on historically significant science fiction and includes tales from Mary Shelley, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Read full book review >
SEA OF RUST by C. Robert Cargill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Innovative worldbuilding, a tight plot, and cinematic action sequences make for an exciting ride through a blasted landscape full of dying robots."
Cargill (Queen of the Dark Things, 2014, etc.) takes readers to Earth's post-human future in which robots struggle to survive and remain free of their own robot overlords. Read full book review >

TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A compelling story of hard-fought growth and redemption, with yet more to come in at least one more future volume. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Maas chronicles Chaol and Nesryn's activities during Empire of Storms (2016). Read full book review >
HUMMINGBIRD by Edward B. Crutchley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 3, 2017

"A defiantly obscure tale, verging on the surreal, with an equally nebulous target audience."
Crutchley (Bad Days in Broadacre, 2016, etc.) offers a sprawling novel of time distortions and life temptations. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PROTECTORS by Clint Gleason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 2, 2017

"A solid middle chapter in a brawny fantasy-adventure chronicle."
Gleason (Molters, 2016, etc.) continues his Far End fantasy saga with a tale of a tribal leader negotiating perils and forming alliances to secure a new home for his clans after a natural disaster. Read full book review >
A DANGEROUS MAGIC by Donald Hounam
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Violent, profane, caustic, grisly, and pitch-black—but all in a good way. (Horror/mystery. 14-adult)"
A brilliant teenage sorcerer takes on the case of a beheaded bishop in this supernatural noir debut. Read full book review >
CITY-STATE DARK by Carlos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A taut and mostly effective sci-fi thriller with two very good heroes and an engaging villain."
Rebels fight the state in a world changed by unnatural disaster in Carlos' (Water on the Moon, 2010, etc.) sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >
ROADKILL ON THE FLIPSIDE by Dean Ammerman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"A fast-paced space-capade whose apocalyptic elements are more comedy than gravity."
In this fourth installment of a YA gonzo sci-fi series, two teenage galactic adventurers find themselves teleported across the universe to save, well, literally everything from an all-devouring black hole. 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 >