Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

FIRE AND BONE by Rachel A. Marks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"The Irish-pantheon premise injects originality into otherwise-familiar tropes. (Paranormal romance. 14-adult)"
A homeless, white 18-year-old learns she's a demigoddess and must choose allegiances. Read full book review >
TESS OF THE ROAD by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Like Tess' journey, surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment. (dramatis personae, glossary; not seen) (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Hartman returns to Goredd with the tale of another young woman who breaks the rules in search of herself. Read full book review >

THE MEGAROTHKE by Robert Ashcroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A bloody, blistering novel of war and sacrifice set in a time of actual monsters."
An augmented soldier fights against apocalyptic nightmares in a brutal war to save humanity. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE BIRD by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"VanderMeer fans will treasure this installment in the Borne saga while hoping for something more substantial to follow—and soon."
A lyrical if dark-hearted sidenote to VanderMeer's wonderfully inventive dystopian novel Borne (2017). Read full book review >
DIM THE LIGHTS by Sue Duff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"An action-packed conclusion to a sci-fi series that mostly satisfies."
A struggle to defeat a power-mad clan leader and his sinister brother reaches the crisis point across three worlds in this final installment of The Weir Chronicles. Read full book review >

STRANGERS by David A.  Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2018

"A promising first episode of a new series with a striking hero and a coyote spirit."
A YA fantasy tells the story of a teen returning home to seek redemption. Read full book review >
NEMECENE by Kaz Lefave
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 6, 2018

"Alluring, lyrical prose, although story questions still linger."
The third entry in Lefave's (The Gadlin Conspiracy, 2017, etc.) dystopian series finds twins Elize and Keeto at the center of a government's war against their Gadlin race. Read full book review >
LAKE SILENCE  by Anne Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"Her fans will enjoy this reheated fare, but it would be nice to see something fresh on offer for Bishop's next effort."
This contemporary fantasy is the first in a series spun off from The Others, set in an alternate world where shape-shifters, vampires, and Elementals control all the natural resources and see most humans as prey. Read full book review >
GOOD GUYS by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"An engaging cast can't entirely save this novel from the leaps it asks readers to make. The story often fizzles where it should bang."
Three operatives work to solve a string of murders committed by sorcery, but their investigation leads them to question both their own secretive employers and the ethics of using magic, in this novel by fantasist Brust (Vallista, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
GODS, MONSTERS, AND THE LUCKY PEACH by Kelly Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2018

"The strong worldbuilding will appeal to sci-fi fans, but a slow-burn plot that spends too much time on the logistics of time travel weakens an otherwise appealing story."
A high-concept story of time-traveling scientists trying to fix the future by returning to the past. Read full book review >
TORN by Rowenna Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2018

"A well-executed historical fantasy debut whose author has a sharp eye for detail."
In Miller's debut novel, political revolution threatens the livelihood—and the principles—of a seamstress who sews enchanted clothes. Read full book review >
THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR by Tessa Gratton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2018

"Gratton achieves the rare feat of a Shakespeare adaptation that earns the right to exist, but it's possible to have too much of a good thing."
Three very different sisters vie for their father's crown in this fantasy inspired by King Lear. 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 >