Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

PHANTOM PACT by Chad  Queen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"An entertaining adventure with complex characters and downright cool concepts for advanced technology and metaphysical abilities."
In Queen's debut sci-fi novel, a man whose powers come from the souls of the departed must figure out why masses of people are vanishing before there's no one left to save. 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 >

WHITEOUT by Ashton  Macaulay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2018

"An often engaging, if sometimes-clichéd, tale with an acerbic lead."
In Macaulay's debut contemporary fantasy novel, a monster hunter pursues a yeti in the hostile winter landscape of the Himalayas and discovers the entrance to a hidden world. Read full book review >
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 >
THE ONE AND ONLY by Julia  Ash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2018

"A smart, gory, and sleazy zombiefest."
In this debut horror fantasy, bioterrorism lowers a blanket of darkness and scarcity on the world, but one woman may be capable of returning the light. Read full book review >
The Bioman Chronicles by A.L.F.I.E.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2018

"A thrilling superhero journey that remains smart and thoughtful."
A young man must make radical leaps in perception to save humanity from a powerful artificial intelligence in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
HEAD ON by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2018

"Very clever, wonderfully satisfying fun."
The long-awaited second in a series (Lock In, 2014) that explores disability politics within the context of a near-future techno-thriller. Read full book review >
SEEING FOREVER by Robert J.  McCarter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2018

"Sci-fi as it should be: engaging, moving, and grand in scope."
McCarter (Of Things Not Seen, 2017, etc.) returns with a tale of a man who defeats the limits of mortality only to question the worth of indefinite existence. Read full book review >
SERPENT IN THE HEATHER  by Kay  Kenyon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2018

"Paranormal fantasy and historical fiction fans alike should find Kenyon's saga featuring assassins, spies, and secret agents to be supremely entertaining. A unique concept that is superbly executed."
Set in pre-World War II Europe and seamlessly blending together elements of paranormal fantasy and historical mystery, the second installment in Kenyon's Dark Talents saga featuring British Secret Intelligence Service agent Kim Tavistock (At the Table of Wolves, 2017) pits the intrepid journalist-turned-operative against a serial killer with ties to Hitler's Nazi regime. 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 >