Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE MAN OF LEGENDS by Kenneth Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2017

"A promising idea that gets bogged down with a slow-moving plot and shallow characters."
A century-spanning story of spirituality and the search for meaning in a very long life. Read full book review >
THE RELUCTANT QUEEN by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Still worth following, at least for now."
The second in a fantasy series set in a heavily forested continent whose vitality depends on bloodthirsty nature spirits controlled by magically gifted women. Read full book review >

THE SONG OF THE ORPHANS by Daniel Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"A worthy and thrilling follow-up to The Flight of the Silvers; the wait for Book 3 will be tough to bear."
In the second of a series, a group of people escaping the destruction of our world use their newly discovered superpowers to save both themselves and the parallel world where they've landed. Read full book review >
ASH AND QUILL  by Rachel Caine
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2017

"A strong ensemble adventure, grim, gritty, and genuinely enjoyable. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Smuggler's son Jess Brightwell and his band of troublemaking Scholars face danger again in this third installment (Paper and Fire, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
CONTRIBUTE  by Kristy Acevedo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 11, 2017

"It is Alex's strength, sense of humor, and vulnerability that make this read compelling. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
After learning that the government faked an Earth apocalypse in series opener Consider (2016), 18-year-old Alexandra Lucas jumps through a vertex to transport herself 300 years into the future to warn her loved ones of the truth: that Earth still exists. Read full book review >

BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slight but well-crafted and heartfelt effort."
Vaughn, who's competent in many subgenres, eschews werewolves (Kitty Saves the World, 2015), superheroes (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014), dragons (Refuge of Dragons, 2017), and spacefarers (Martians Abroad, 2017) for a smaller-scale story, an intimate post-apocalyptic mystery. Read full book review >
A KISS BEFORE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"This bubbly blend of genre tropes has spirit and whimsy with some good pieces in place, but it doesn't quite deliver the goods."
Dru Jasper, a plucky sorceress who owns her own crystal shop in Colorado, finds herself in the middle of a plot involving undead slime, deadly sorcerers-only parties, and the end of the world in this peppy urban fantasy. Read full book review >
THE DELIRIUM BRIEF by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Stross still spins a heck of a yarn."
Stross' Laundry Files series, of which this is No. 8 (The Nightmare Stacks, 2016, etc.), is a weird but effective mashup of Lovecraft-ian horror, espionage thriller, science fiction, and satire, centering around a top-secret British government agency devoted to fighting "the sort of thing you expect to meet in an episode of The X-Files." Read full book review >
DICHRONAUTS by Greg Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Hard to imagine much of an audience outside math brainiacs and Egan enthusiasts."
Egan (The Arrows of Time, 2014, etc.) specializes in inventing seriously strange worlds; this one might well be his weirdest yet. Read full book review >
UNCLE BRUCKER THE RAT KILLER by Leslie Peter Wulff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A promising premise that stumbles on the basic components of storytelling."
In a debut fantasy novel, Wulff imagines an epic conflict between humans and a neighboring dimension populated entirely by rats. Read full book review >
DARK SKY by Mike Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"Brooks once again delivers an undemanding, up-tempo space adventure peopled with dashing, flamboyant, entertaining, and irreverent characters in a humorous but exceedingly violent romp that is both touching and laced with profanity."
Former pirate and current smuggler Capt. Ichabod Drift is hired, along with the multiracial crew of the starship Keiko, to deliver a gift and retrieve sensitive information on the grim mining planet Uragan. Read full book review >
THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. 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 >