Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
THE NEBULA CHRONICLES by SB  White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2018

"A lightweight sci-fi adventure for tweens."
In this middle-grade sci-fi tale, an Earth girl encounters a new universe of heroism and peril when she finds that she's secretly alien royalty—and that she must enroll in a special academy that trains students for galactic missions. Read full book review >

THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING by Brooke  Bolander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A rich, poetic novella."
A young factory worker with radiation poisoning trains an elephant with near-human consciousness to conduct the tasks that resulted in her affliction, and the bond they form leads them to seek vengeance against those who have wronged them. Read full book review >
FACTION 9 by James  Firelocke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2018

"This sci-fi debut thrums with creative juice."
In this sci-fi novel, a government bureaucrat learns the strange truth of his parents' deaths. Read full book review >
THE WANDERER AND THE NEW WEST by Adam Bender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2018

"A tight, thoughtful work that has much to offer readers on both sides of the gun control debate."
Bender (Divided We Fall, 2014, etc.) offers a dystopian novel about an America ruled by gangs and gun manufacturers and about the brave few who are willing to fight them both. Read full book review >

THE BEAUTY by Aliya Whiteley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A murky delirium of sinuous language and unnerving storytelling that will delight both experienced genre fanatics and literary fiction lovers alike."
Whiteley's latest pits the repression of the patriarchy against the power of the environment. Read full book review >
SENLIN ASCENDS  by Josiah Bancroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"The lush setting holds the reader through a slow start, but once the plot gets going, it ticks along with the tight precision and artistry of a well-wound watch."
In his debut novel, Bancroft takes readers into a steampunk world revolving around the great attraction and mystery that is the Tower of Babel—a colossal structure rising up into the heavens that devours the unwary with intrigue and danger. Read full book review >
IRON GOLD by Pierce Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"For those who like their science fiction dense, monumental, and a bit overwrought."
Brown is back with Book 4 of his Red Rising series (Morning Star, 2016, etc.) and explores familiar themes of rebellion, revenge, and political instability. Read full book review >
GIRL DIVIDED by Willow Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An incendiary tale featuring mythic and realistic elements."
A girl whose skin is black on the right side of her body, white on the left, becomes a magical figure in an apocalyptic future in this YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
CHRONICLES OF SPARTAK by Steven A. Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A sometimes-diverting dystopian fantasy with an unconvincing romance and inconsistent politics."
A bisexual, teenage slave squares off against the combined might of church and state with the help of his rich husband in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
A LORD'S TREASURE by David S. Longworth
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"An offbeat though informative lesson in personal finance."
Debut author Longworth presents a brief allegorical novel about financial well-being. Read full book review >
THE RIVEN STARS by Stephen Renneberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2018

"A steadily paced and exhilarating espionage tale involving the threat of galactic war."
In this fifth installment of a sci-fi saga, a 47th-century intelligence agent spies on aliens who may have forged an alliance with a hostile race. 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 >