Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JEAN LUC PICARD by David A. Goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Set a course far away from this book—maximum warp."
Goodman (The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, 2015, etc.) continues his series of in-universe memoirs by Star Trek captains. Read full book review >
ABANDON HOPE by Michael Decamp
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An often diverting tale that bubbles with suspense."
In DeCamp's debut middle-grade fantasy thriller, two small-town boys searching for their abducted friend get a helping hand from beings from another dimension. Read full book review >

LOVE IN THE CRETACEOUS by Howard W.  Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"An offbeat meditation on relationships, replete with quirky characters and a poignant romance at the center of the action."
Tales of love, loss, and regret unfold around a futuristic dinosaur park in this novel. Read full book review >
JACK GREGSON & THE FORGOTTEN PORTAL by Peter  Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"By-the-numbers portal fantasy with little to distinguish it from the pack."
Three children discover their magical family legacy in Wilson's middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
A WOLF AMONG THE SHEEP by Aaron  Meade
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"Readers willing to forgive a few construction flaws should find a tale fortified with passion, fantasy, and a chilling villain, with room for further installments."
A widowed bride-to-be becomes obsessed with revenge for her fiance's unexplained murder. Read full book review >

THE ROCKET GIRL'S TALE by K.  Hippolite
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"Strong worldbuilding but an uneven plot involving love and a lunar mission."
A determined aristocrat pursues a young rocket scientist caught up in political intrigue in this sci-fi romance. Read full book review >
ACCIDENTAL WARRIOR by Colin Alexander
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A rousing what-if look at a decidedly different America persuasively stuck in a historical past."
A modern-day college freshman mysteriously teleports to a semi-savage, alternate-universe North America—during a period that closely resembles Colonial times—where he reluctantly participates in military campaigns and rebellions. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF SWORDS by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"When fine writer and expert editor Dozois beckons, authors deliver—and this surely will be one of the year's essential anthologies."
Dozois, an indefatigable editor (The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, 2017, etc.), introduces an all-new compendium of 16 original stories, many set in their authors' established fantasy universes. Read full book review >
UTOPAI by Rajmohan  Harindranath
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2017

"A thoughtful, if less than thrilling, novel about what society should be."
Harindranath tells the story of a hero's quixotic quest to break with his society in this philosophical sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
THE STONE IN THE SKULL  by Elizabeth Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"In an overcrowded field, another entry that stands head and shoulders above nearly everything else."
Hoping to build on the dazzling triumph of her Eternal Sky fantasy trilogy (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.), Bear embarks on a new trilogy set in the same universe. Read full book review >
THE LAIRDBALOR by Kathleen Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Best suited for those readers who turn to Nietzsche and Hesse for pleasure. (Horror. 14-adult)"
Seven-year-old Jamie falls down a "very long hill" into a dimension of nightmares. Read full book review >
THEO PAXSTONE AND THE DRAGON OF ADYRON by James Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 8, 2017

"A pleasing, if somewhat derivative, fantasy with a sprinkling of steampunk."
An orphan gets a chance to play a knight in this middle-grade novel. 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 >