Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

ROSEWATER by Tade Thompson
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A captivating, cerebral work of science fiction that may very well signal a new definitive voice in the genre."
When a detective with psychic powers begins to investigate a mysterious sickness plaguing those like him, he uncovers sinister truths that may very well call into question the survival of the human race. Read full book review >
MARKED by Bridget E.  Baker
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A promising YA debut about a girl's search for a future in the wreckage of the past."
A teenager attempts to find a cure for a deadly, civilization-threatening virus in debut author Baker's dystopian YA series starter. Read full book review >

THE AWAKENING by Suzanne  Boisvert
Released: Sept. 15, 2018

"A complex tale of cosmic evil featuring a glamorous, well-developed ensemble."
In Boisvert's debut sci-fi novel, the first in a trilogy, three people with type-A personalities experience strange enlightenments. Read full book review >
DICKENSEN ACADEMY by Christine  Grabowski
Released: Sept. 12, 2018

"An enjoyable teen fantasy involving a school for telepathy."
A debut YA novel tells the story of a boarding school with a strange secret. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Satisfying as a novel, anxiety-inducing as a comment on our society."
Older wraps up her trilogy of near-future thrillers (Null States, 2017, etc.) that focus on the influence of news on politics. Read full book review >

ECONOMIES OF BLOOD by James T.  Carpenter
Released: Sept. 9, 2018

"A campy but robust vampire tale teeming with wit and otherworldly mystery."
A special agent must identify who among the vampires is purloining their steady supply of blood in this fourth installment of a supernatural series. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DOG by Lark Benobi
Released: Sept. 6, 2018

"A fantasy tale with unforgettable characters and a convincing, insightful message."
In Benobi's (After, 2005, as Claire Tristram) allegorical novel, a mysterious toxin turning people into animals turns out to be a sign of the Apocalypse. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Not so much a vision of a complicated future as a warmhearted ode to a simpler time and place in a community so small that everybody knows everybody else's business."
Doucette's genial, leisurely novel feels like a throwback to the squeaky clean science fiction of the mid-20th century. Read full book review >
SALVATION by Peter F. Hamilton
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Not altogether satisfying, but Hamilton expertly keeps his audience coming back for more."
First of a projected alien-contact trilogy from one of the leading purveyors (A Night Without Stars, 2016, etc.) of doorstopper space operas—although this one squeezes in at a positively emaciated 576 pages. Read full book review >
TIMELESS by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Salvatore fans will rejoice."
The beginning of a new fantasy trilogy by Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, 2018, etc.), set in the Forgotten Realms and starring Drizzt Do'Urden, the renowned dark elf whose first name sounds like a comic-book electrical short circuit. Read full book review >
MAGEFALL  by Stephen Aryan
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A relatively strong offering that should appeal both to those who like their fantasy cynical and those who prefer it sentimental."
Prejudice against magic and the secret powermongering of a goddess continue to have repercussions in the second installment of a high fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >
NOT EVEN BONES by Rebecca Schaeffer
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A slasher flick spliced with Crime and Punishment, this engrossing debut novel asks complex philosophical questions in a pleasingly hard-to-stomach way. (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
An adolescent, yet Nietzschean, examination of humanity and horror. 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 >