Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

A SPARK OF WHITE FIRE by Sangu Mandanna
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"An incisive story nuanced by dilemmas about love, belonging, and conflicting loyalties. (Space opera. 14-adult)"
A lost princess sets out to forge her own path and reunite with her family. Read full book review >
THE OPPRESSED by Matthew  Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2018

"A well-written, fiery sci-fi tale about human warriors battling an alien regime."
A ragtag but determined army of exiled human soldiers faces strategic and moral dilemmas while trying to wrest a conquered Earth from an alien empire. Read full book review >

THE DARK CABIN MURDERS by Frank L.  Gertcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"An imaginative morality tale about free will, crime, punishment, and the possibility of redemption."
In mid-19th-century Indiana, good and evil spirits vie for the soul of an 11-year-old boy in Gertcher's mystical debut novel. Read full book review >
SPOOKED by Diana  Rosengard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2018

"A supernatural tale with a strong, engaging protagonist."
In Rosengard's new-adult debut novel, a college student searches for the person responsible for her best friend's death—with a little help from a familiar ghost. Read full book review >
PRIMORDIAL THREAT by M.A.  Rothman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2018

"Fairly exciting sci-fi catastrophism with some quirks; call it The Day the Earth Certainly Didn't Stand Still."
Eccentric, brilliant, and disgraced scientist Dave Holmes may be humanity's only hope for survival when a black hole is detected on a collision course with Earth. Read full book review >

AWAKENING OF THE TWELVE—PART 1 by Roderick Kelvin Porter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2018

"Though it abandons its initial intensity, this story showcases a welcome union of singular characters."
An enigmatic and diabolical ancient cult pursues a group of exceptional, multiethnic teens around the globe in this second installment of a fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF GONDOLIN by J.R.R. Tolkien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2018

"This gorgeous novel is a must for more than just Tolkien fanatics."
Christopher Tolkien presents the final piece in a trilogy of Middle-earth stories his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, did not live to see published. Read full book review >
BLOODFEUD by Ryan Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2018

"An uneven fantasy tale of jealousy and war that would have benefited from a clearer timeline."
Two California scientists become entangled in an ancient war between supernatural beings in Watson's (Annie Aimright, 2018, etc.) fantasy thriller.Read full book review >
MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Though the machinations of politics and identity create a slowly burning narrative, readers will appreciate the rich world and prose built by a much-needed diverse voice. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
Abducted from her small village, Amani finds that her survival depends on being the perfect body double to an arrogant and cruel princess. Read full book review >
SEAFIRE by Natalie C. Parker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"The cliffhanger promises readers a return to this intriguing setting for more action. (Post-apocalyptic. 12-adult)"
An all-female ship of vengeance-seekers sails against a brutal, tyrannical warlord. Read full book review >
THE SORCERER QUEEN by Xianna Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Bringing love and unity to a broken land finds beautiful expression in this engaging fable."
This YA fairy tale describes in verse the story of an old curse that must be undone by righting wrongs. Read full book review >
SUBTERRANEAN by Sarah  Colombo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A thoughtful, trenchant adventure story."
In this dystopian novel, a counselor searches for his missing girlfriend, a tech heiress who was raised off the grid. 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 >