Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE DARK DAYS DECEIT by Alison Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"You'll never see the Regency the same way again. (Historical fantasy. 13-adult)"
Lady Helen's adventures continue in the conclusion of Goodman's (The Dark Days Pact, 2017, etc.) trilogy. Read full book review >
CITY OF BROKEN MAGIC  by Mirah Bolender
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"Overlong and rough around the edges but still promising."
In this debut novel, specially trained operatives called Sweepers are the only thing standing in the way of creatures that devour magic—and humans. Read full book review >

THE POWER OF THE CRYSTALLINE TREES by G.C.  Ramirez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A first-rate series opener that promises an engrossing and epic dystopian tale."
A teenager undertakes a perilous journey to deliver an enigmatic crystal while a group of child abductors pursues him in this YA fantasy. Read full book review >
SHATTER THE SUNS by Caitlin Sangster
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A victim of middle-book syndrome buoyed by a keen sense of the intricacies of relationships. (pronunciation guide, author's note) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Guided by her mother's last words, Sev embarks on a quest to find the cure to sleeping sickness, or SS. Read full book review >
BEDFELLOW by Jeremy C. Shipp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A seriously weird—and impressively inventive—story that, while flawed, is delightfully disturbing."
The latest novel from Shipp (The Atrocities, 2018, etc.) is a creepy fusion of dark fantasy and psychological horror about an intruder who breaks into a family's home and begins perverting their memories with insidious subtlety. Read full book review >

THE STORYTELLER by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Thoroughly immersive, thoroughly satisfying. (map) (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
"What is written comes to pass"—or does it? Read full book review >
DARK MIND RISING by Julia Keller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Sloppy and cringeworthy. (Dystopian adventure. 12-adult)"
Two years after Violet destroyed the Intercept in The Dark Intercept (2017), she's pulled into a mystery that reveals the Intercept might not be gone. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF SAND  by Tasha Suri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A very strong start for a new voice."
A woman confronts the evil at the source of a powerful empire in this fantasy debut that draws from the history and culture of India's Mughal Empire. Read full book review >
LIES SLEEPING by Ben Aaronovitch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Lively and amusing and different."
Seventh in the detective/supernatural urban fantasy series (The Hanging Tree, 2016, etc.) in which many of the characters are embodiments of London's rivers—so that history literally comes alive. Read full book review >
VITA NOSTRA by Sergiy  Dyachenko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Although it fits squarely in the popular school-for-magicians genre, this dark, ambitious, and intellectually strenuous novel will feel like a fresh revelation to fantasy readers glutted with Western wish-fulfillment narratives."
Punishingly intense academic pressure transforms a university student into a transcendent being in this harrowing fantasy novel by a married Ukrainian couple, the first in a trilogy. Read full book review >
BLITZBALL by Barton  Ludwig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2018

"An oddball curio, but the teen angst enhances its far-fetched premise."
In this thriller, a volatile teenager living in a nationalistic German community finds evidence that he's part of a secret experiment that aims to re-create Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >
TIME AND TIME AGAIN by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Revolutionary time-travel tales, if you can overlook the fossilized characters."
A career-spanning collection of time-travel tales from Silverberg, the 2003 Grand Master of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. 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 >