Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

PHORESIS by Greg Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2018

"Intriguing and absorbing and all too brief: a tale that demands a more expansive treatment."
Dazzling new novella from an author (Dichronauts, 2017, etc.) who specializes in inventing seriously weird worlds and making them real. Or sometimes not quite. Read full book review >
MEDUSA UPLOADED by Emily Devenport
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Sci-fi fans will love exploring the world of Oichi's spaceship home and living inside the head of a not-quite-coldblooded killer."
A tense sci-fi thriller about a woman determined to remake her society—at any cost. Read full book review >

ONLY HUMAN  by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2018

"Packing a surprisingly powerful thematic punch, this novel is an addictive blend of science fiction, apocalyptic thriller, and chillingly timely cautionary tale. Two (giant, robotic) thumbs up!"
Wrapping up Neuvel's (Waking Gods, 2017, etc.) Themis Files trilogy in grand style, the last volume of this science-fiction chronicle of humankind's war against an army of invading alien robots explores how the aftermath of the conflict has irrevocably changed our world. Read full book review >
ARMISTICE by Lara Elena Donnelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Slow to get off the ground, but readers who enjoy luxuriating in the book's rich prose, sharp dialogue, and detailed interpersonal histories won't mind."
Donnelly returns readers to the world of Amberlough (2017) in this sequel, in which the fallout of a fascist regime's triumph continues to haunt those who escaped it...or who thought they had. Read full book review >
WRATH OF EMPIRE  by Brian McClellan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"McClellan's design and construction grow steadily more impressive with each fresh installment."
Second entry in McClellan's Gods of Blood and Powder fantasy series (Sins of Empire, 2017), in which the land of Fatrasta has been invaded by the armies and sorcerers of the vast Dynize empire. Read full book review >

MEM by Bethany C. Morrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"The defiant story of an impossible enigma who only yearns to be a real girl."
A young woman's personality is the result of a startling experimental procedure, leaving her to struggle with the question of who she really is. Read full book review >
84K by Claire North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2018

"Style gets in the way of substance here, but North is an original and even dazzling writer, and fans of her work will enjoy this grim tale of capitalism taken to a terrifying extreme."
A story about the value of one human life. Read full book review >
ABOVE THE STAR by Alexis Marie Chute
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A twisty tale with an otherworldly setting that readers will happily revisit."
In this launch of Chute's (Expecting Sunshine, 2017) fantasy trilogy, a family travels to a bizarre and dangerous parallel world. Read full book review >
BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A zesty treat for YA and new-adult fantasists."
A young medieval woman embarks on a grim mission in this first installment of a fantasy romance series. Read full book review >
PLUM RAINS by Andromeda Romano-Lax
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2018

"A well-written, entertaining novel that both enacts and subverts the tropes of android fiction."
A Filipino care worker's livelihood is threatened by an android in future Japan. Read full book review >
THE GREY BASTARDS  by Jonathan French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"An addictively readable—and undeniably cool—fantasy masterwork."
French's adrenaline-fueled adventure fantasy, which features badass gangs of tattooed half-orcs on the backs of giant war hogs thundering across a lawless wasteland, is an unapologetically brutal thrill ride—like Mad Max set in Tolkien's Middle-earth. Read full book review >
OUTCASTS OF ORDER  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2018

"Always a pleasure to abide in Modesitt's universe, if only for a few hours or days."
Second part of the trilogy (The Mongrel Mage, 2017) embedded in the Recluce fantasy series in which white chaos magic and black order magic coexist—often violently. 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 >