Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

THE SPEAKER  by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Filled with even more magic and intrigue than its predecessor, this is a gripping follow-up that will leave readers speculating and wanting more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
The adventure continues in Chee's second installment of the Sea of Ink and Gold series. Read full book review >
MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN by Neil Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A top-notch selection of imaginative and thought-provoking stories about AI, reinventing old tropes and making us revisit the eternal question of what it is to be human."
Clarke, the publisher of Clarkesworld magazine, compiles 27 tales of artificial humans and what we see of ourselves in them. Read full book review >
THE OVERNEATH by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A masterful collection from a short story master—a must-read for Beagle fans."
Beagle's latest collection of short stories includes 13 fantasy gems and features many previously uncollected and never-before-published works. Read full book review >

MALICE OF CROWS by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Fans of the Shadow will love returning to his world, and fantasy fans who haven't yet encountered this colorful cowboy should hurry up and dive in."
A tale of magical battles set on the frontier of a Western world beset by monsters. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF DUST by Philip Pullman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 19, 2017

"Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Pullman's return to the realms of His Dark Materials moves the timeline back to Lyra's infancy with a tale of young people struggling against outsized forces of both nature and evil. 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 >
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 >
PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A rousing adventure novel that marries steampunk aesthetics to the seminal concept of protecting American liberty."
An aimless young man escapes his dead-end town when he meets a badass, time-traveling adventuress. Read full book review >
ONE DARK THRONE  by Kendare Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Achingly gorgeous and gruesomely fascinating. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Three sisters intensify their deadly struggle for the crown in the second of a horror-tinged fantasy series. Read full book review >
WARCROSS by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A stellar cyberpunk series opener packed with simmering romance and cinematic thrills. (Science fiction. 13-adult)"
A down-and-out teen, days from eviction, competes in the championships of the world's most popular virtual reality game. 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 >