Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE WILL TO BATTLE by Ada Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Still intriguing and worth pursuing, but the strain may be beginning to show."
A stagnant, complacent Earth faces war in the 25th century in the third of an ongoing science-fantasy series (Seven Surrenders, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
EVALENE'S NUMBER by Bethany  Atazadeh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2017

"A rigorous apocalyptic backdrop and versatile characters supply seemingly endless avenues for further volumes to explore."
In this YA sci-fi debut and the start of a series, a teen receives an unexpected ranking in a distant future, leading her to question the system's fairness. Read full book review >

WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND by Kari Maaren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A charming, extraordinarily relatable book with the potential to become a timeless classic."
A Canadian teenager learns about herself—and the fabric of the universe—when she goes traveling in time with an immortal 14-year-old. Read full book review >
SIEGE OF SHADOWS  by Sarah Raughley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"This sequel lacks the excitement of its predecessor, but a shocking cliffhanger ending may salvage it for readers. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Maia, Chae Rin, Lake, and Belle continue their face-off against Saul in Book 2 of the Effigies series, following Fate of Flames (2016). Read full book review >
WINTER OF ICE AND IRON by Rachel Neumeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"The worldbuilding is patchy in places, but a finely drawn web of convincing characters with complex relationships wins out."
In a world where rulers hold power through their ties to the great "Immanent Powers" that inhabit their lands, peaceful princess Kehera of Harivir and the infamous Wolf Duke of Pohorir must work together to stop a mad king and a power-hungry Immanent. Read full book review >

LIVING THE GOOD DEATH by Scott  Baron
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"This paranormal tale sets an intriguing stage, but its blander passages dilute the comedy."
Baron (Snow White's Walk of Shame, 2017, etc.) offers a novel in which Death comes to life. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF SARA SPRINGBORN AND MR. WOLLO BUSHTAIL by William Crow Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A diverting tale that champions nature as convincingly as its heroes do."
In Johnson's (The Sword is Whet, 2017, etc.) middle-grade fantasy, a young girl and a squirrel, communicating telepathically, endeavor to broker peace between humans and forest creatures. Read full book review >
ARTEMIS by Andy Weir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"One small step, no giant leaps."
Weir (The Martian, 2014) returns with another off-world tale, this time set on a lunar colony several decades in the future. Read full book review >
CROSSTOWN by Loren W. Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"This book attempts to tackle some provocative ideas about the nature of power but lacks the suspense needed to keep the reader interested in hearing them."
A story of murder and revenge set in a world where anything is possible. Read full book review >
THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A.  Chakraborty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Highly impressive and exceptionally promising."
A rich Middle Eastern fantasy, the first of a trilogy: Chakraborty's intriguing debut. Read full book review >
THE BIG LIE by Julie Mayhew
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Readers who know their World War II history and enjoy extremely unreliable narrators will find great satisfaction in puzzling out the truth behind the horrors Jess leaves unspoken. (Alternate history. 15-adult)"
Jessika is an upstanding schoolgirl in the English countryside of the Greater German Reich. Read full book review >
ICE by Anna Kavan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A gripping and uniquely strange work of science fiction."
This 50th-anniversary edition of a novel about a surreal pursuit through an apocalyptic world should bring new attention to Kavan (1901-1968; Who Are You, 1963, etc.), a writer of intense imagination. 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 >