Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

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 >
OATHBRINGER by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Fans of the Stormlight Archive series will enjoy this book, which brings back favorite characters and deepens a well-drawn fantasy world."
An epic fantasy about the return of an ancient, world-destroying evil. 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 >
ALL THOSE EXPLOSIONS WERE SOMEONE ELSE'S FAULT by James Alan Gardner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"We'll give Gardner's narrator the last word on this terrific superhero adventure: 'Spectacularity ensued.'"
The origin story of badass Canadian superheroes fated to defend humanity against a dark scourge. Naturally. Read full book review >
JADE CITY  by Fonda Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"The open-ended nature of the ending suggests that the clan war is not yet over; it'll be interesting to see what course Lee charts next."
Two clans fueled by the magical power of jade battle for control of an analog of mid-20th-century Hong Kong. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF WOMEN by Rosalie Morales Kearns
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A bold, politically minded tale with a spiritual soul."
A feminist alternative history novel explores the morality of violence. Read full book review >
FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Decades after being originally published, most of these stories are still just as entertaining and powerful as they were when first released. A singularly unique collection."
The unifying theme of this collection of stories from science-fiction grandmaster Silverberg—spanning five decades, from 1956 to 1997—is that they're all told in the first person singular. 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 >