Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slight but well-crafted and heartfelt effort."
Vaughn, who's competent in many subgenres, eschews werewolves (Kitty Saves the World, 2015), superheroes (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014), dragons (Refuge of Dragons, 2017), and spacefarers (Martians Abroad, 2017) for a smaller-scale story, an intimate post-apocalyptic mystery. Read full book review >
CONTRIBUTE  by Kristy Acevedo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 11, 2017

"It is Alex's strength, sense of humor, and vulnerability that make this read compelling. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
After learning that the government faked an Earth apocalypse in series opener Consider (2016), 18-year-old Alexandra Lucas jumps through a vertex to transport herself 300 years into the future to warn her loved ones of the truth: that Earth still exists. Read full book review >

DARK SKY by Mike Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Brooks once again delivers an undemanding, up-tempo space adventure peopled with dashing, flamboyant, entertaining, and irreverent characters in a humorous but exceedingly violent romp that is both touching and laced with profanity."
Former pirate and current smuggler Capt. Ichabod Drift is hired, along with the multiracial crew of the starship Keiko, to deliver a gift and retrieve sensitive information on the grim mining planet Uragan. Read full book review >
UNCLE BRUCKER THE RAT KILLER by Leslie Peter Wulff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A promising premise that stumbles on the basic components of storytelling."
In a debut fantasy novel, Wulff imagines an epic conflict between humans and a neighboring dimension populated entirely by rats. Read full book review >
THE WOLVES WITHIN OUR WALLS by L.E. Flinders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing story of the end of civilization relayed through a handful of tortured characters."
Life in a post-apocalyptic community may be just as harrowing as that in the devastated outside world in Flinders' debut dystopian novel. Read full book review >

WORLDS COLLIDE by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A busy if ultimately tidy wrap-up for fans. (foldout map of lower Manhattan) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Witches and other fictional baddies move to conquer this world when a portal opens between the Land of Stories and a branch of the New York Public Library. Read full book review >
ASH AND QUILL  by Rachel Caine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2017

"A strong ensemble adventure, grim, gritty, and genuinely enjoyable. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Smuggler's son Jess Brightwell and his band of troublemaking Scholars face danger again in this third installment (Paper and Fire, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE EPOCH OF REDRESS by Kaz Lefave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2017

"A smart, ambitious dystopian tale that teases the protagonists' epic genesis but saves most of the details for later volumes."
Government types and a mysterious figure pursue a girl and her twin brother in this debut sci-fi novel and series opener. Read full book review >
THE GADLIN CONSPIRACY by Kaz Lefave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2017

"An elaborate, futuristic tale that will draw in new readers with its keen characterization."
In the second installment of Lefave's (The Epoch of Redress, 2017) sci-fi series, twins try to prevent the extermination of a people blamed for child abductions and a viral epidemic.Read full book review >
THE RELUCTANT QUEEN by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Still worth following, at least for now."
The second in a fantasy series set in a heavily forested continent whose vitality depends on bloodthirsty nature spirits controlled by magically gifted women. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF THE ORPHANS by Daniel Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"A worthy and thrilling follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers; the wait for Book 3 will be tough to bear."
In the second of a series, a group of people escaping the destruction of our world use their newly discovered superpowers to save both themselves and the parallel world where they've landed. Read full book review >
THE MAN OF LEGENDS by Kenneth Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"A promising idea that gets bogged down with a slow-moving plot and shallow characters."
A century-spanning story of spirituality and the search for meaning in a very long life. 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 >