Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

CHILDREN OF THE FIFTH SUN by Gareth Worthington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"An ambitious but ultimately forgettable debut novel."
An action-packed, globe-hopping science-fiction thriller that questions the validity of humankind's current version of evolutionary history. Read full book review >
TALON OF GOD by Wesley Snipes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"An entertaining thriller with enough swordplay, religious prophecy, and demonic threats to entertain readers across lots of different genres."
A young doctor in Chicago is drawn into a war between heaven and hell, and her destiny lies in the balance. Read full book review >

STRANGE PRACTICE by Vivian Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"An imaginative, delightfully droll debut."
Murderous monks run amok underneath London in this contemporary supernatural tale. 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 PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"It's hard to say enough good things about this hard-science future thriller with humor and heart—an excellent debut."
In this science-fiction thriller, a man fights for his wife and his lives after he's duplicated in a transporter malfunction. Read full book review >

THE CROWNS OF CROSWALD by D.E. Night
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2017

"Harry Potter-like threads spun into a fresh, enjoyable mix of magic and mystery."
A teenage orphan enters a curious school and encounters mysteries and dangerous secrets in this first installment of a debut YA fantasy series. 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 >
THE LIBRARY OF FATES by Aditi Khorana
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"The complexity of the folklore and its romantic twists will engage fantasy readers on many levels. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Indian folklore drives the fate of a princess and her homeland. Read full book review >
GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Michael F.  Haspil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Fans of urban fantasy, noir, and tightly choreographed action scenes will enjoy the blood and bullets in this adrenaline-heavy ride through crime scenes and secret societies; just don't expect too much introspection."
In Haspil's debut novel, two immortal cops—a mummy and a vampire—work to solve killings in a Miami where humans and vampires (as well as other supernatural creatures) have reached a tenuous peace. Read full book review >
THE STARGAZER'S EMBASSY by Eleanor Lerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"An unfortunately muffled novel about coming to terms, on various levels, with one's place in the universe."
A novel that combines the looming shadow of an unhappy mother-daughter relationship with breathless accounts of alien abduction. Read full book review >
ARMISTICE by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2017

"Though there are a few historical missteps, readers who savor the patient accumulation of detail around each scenario will by now be thoroughly addicted."
Wrapping up the author's latest alternate-history trilogy (Fallout, 2016, etc.), in which he explores the question: what if Truman had used nuclear weapons in the Korean War? Read full book review >
A SPIDER SAT BESIDE HER by K.E. Lanning
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2017

"A tight, engaging sci-fi tale."
A researcher attempts to save the International Space Station from a terrorist plot in Lanning's debut novel. 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 >