Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
SOVEREIGN by April Daniels
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 25, 2017

"Daniels doesn't just perfectly 'queer the capes,' she delivers a book that's tightly packed with brilliantly rendered fights, nail-biting scenes of peril, emotional authenticity, and a perfect first kiss. (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
It's been nine months since the last Dreadnought was blown apart and he transferred the mantle—and the responsibilities—to teenager Danny Tozer, and she's already world-weary. Read full book review >

THE BEST OF <i>SUBTERRANEAN</i> by William Schafer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2017

"Fans of every stripe of speculative fiction will want this on their shelves."
Vampires and wizards and aliens, oh my! A splendid gathering, from the late lamented magazine, of modern science fiction and fantasy. Read full book review >
BLACK LIGHT EXPRESS  by Philip Reeve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Hop aboard and prepare for the ride of your life. (glossary) (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
Reeve picks his story up directly after Railhead (2016), with more of everything, from destruction to fun.Read full book review >
THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A thrilling mix of influences, much like Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants (2016) and HBO's Westworld, that creates a captivating scenario begging for many sequels."
A feisty young anthropologist discovers a secret civilization of mechanical souls. Read full book review >

THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A stellar anthology that proves not only that fantasy is alive and well, but that it will be for years to come."
A companion piece of sorts to Beagle's critically acclaimed anthology, The Secret History of Fantasy (2010)—a collection of stories that transcended the conventions and clichés of contemporary fantasy—Beagle and Weisman's latest contains 19 comparable stories from some of the genre's most innovative and exciting new voices. Read full book review >
NOUMENON by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope, this is an expedition that delves as deep into the human thirst for purpose as it does into the wonders of the universe."
In Lostetter's ambitious debut, the year is 2088, and humankind is finally ready to explore deep space, preparing to send convoys of clones on eons-long missions to investigate the outskirts of the galaxy. Read full book review >
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."
The oldest soul on planet Earth is given five last chances to get life right. Read full book review >
THE DIRE KING by William Ritter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A humorous, energetic, action-packed, and magical conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
A paranormal private investigator and his clever companion make a last stand against the forces of chaos in this fourth and final book. Read full book review >
AN ALCHEMY OF MASQUES AND MIRRORS by Curtis Craddock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A very promising start, both for a series and a new author."
This debut fantasy is set in the Risen Kingdoms, where countries float in the air and people take airships from place to place, princes battle for a throne, and dashing musketeers defend feisty princesses. Read full book review >
GOLDEN AGE AND OTHER STORIES by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2017

"All too brief, alas, but a must-read for all fans of this outstanding series."
Novik crowned her nine-book Temeraire sequence, an alternate-world Napoleonic Wars featuring intelligent dragons, with League of Dragons (2016) and now weighs in with an associated all-original story collection, each entry occasioned by an accompanying fan illustration. Read full book review >
THE GLASS TOWN GAME by Catherynne M. Valente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An absolute must for fans, of course; but even readers who've never heard of Heathcliff will be captivated from the first page to the last. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
In a middle-grade fantasy reminiscent of beloved tales from Edward Eager and Pamela Dean, the imaginary realms of the Brontë juvenilia come to wondrous life. 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 >