Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

JEREMY CUTLER AND THE TORCH OF TIME  by Michael Faix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Familial strife initiates a fresh and lively clique of magic-wielding teens."
This debut middle-grade fantasy stars a boy whose true parentage hints at a magical destiny. Read full book review >
DIM THE LIGHTS by Sue Duff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"An action-packed conclusion to a sci-fi series that mostly satisfies."
A struggle to defeat a power-mad clan leader and his sinister brother reaches the crisis point across three worlds in this final installment of The Weir Chronicles. Read full book review >

THE ROCKET GIRL'S TALE by K.  Hippolite
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"Strong worldbuilding but an uneven plot involving love and a lunar mission."
A determined aristocrat pursues a young rocket scientist caught up in political intrigue in this sci-fi romance. Read full book review >
THE EPHEMERAL PASSAGE by Thorn  Osgood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"Sharp writing molds profound characters and themes even if the story's overall progress is minute."
A woman aiding an alien race contends with restless humans awaiting the aliens' rejuvenation of their dying Earth in the second of Osgood's (The Reclamation, 2017) sci-fi series.Read full book review >
EDGER by David  Beem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"Outlandish, hectic, and sometimes illogical but undeniably entertaining."
An average Joe has a chance to be a superhero and face off against a supervillain—using tech that may be deadly to the user—in Beem's (Abyss of Chaos, 2011) offbeat comedy.Read full book review >

SMALL WORLD by Ronald Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"This multilevel book can be read for fun as an enjoyable farce or mined for deeper insights."
Under the threat of global annihilation by aliens, a journalist, together with an ever growing band of mismatched people, hunts for a mysterious individual known only as Basil. Read full book review >
THE GRIFFIN by Steven Price
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 2, 2017

"A big, fun fantasy epic."
Price's debut fantasy novel follows a young man who is the latest in a line of Earth-defending heroes. Read full book review >
ALEX VEGA AND THE ORACLE OF THE MAYANS by D.J.  Burchell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 26, 2017

"A clever series opener that draws from the myths and pantheons of numerous ancient cultures."
This debut middle-grade adventure sees a group of kids train to prevent an alien invasion of Earth. Read full book review >
DARK RAGE  by Daniel   Darcey
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A busily imagined fantasy tale focused on war and with political overtones."
In this debut novel, magic and technology fuel a conflict between two sisters and the galactic empires over which they preside. Read full book review >
TORTUGA by Thomas Erikson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A somber, atypical genre piece with resplendent prose."
In the 17th century, a teenager in a pirate-infested island town becomes an apprentice to an old man who may hold the keys to wealth and abnormally prolonged life in Erikson's debut fantasy adventure novel. Read full book review >
TRINITY'S CONVERGENCE by John  Beachem
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2017

"Solid and diverting fantasy fare."
In this novel, humanity has survived a global apocalypse on a planet that's similar to Earth—except for a universal abundance of magic, usable by everyone. Read full book review >
REAP 23 by J J  Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Vivid perils and well-realized characters and concepts fuel a space/time voyage."
Four couples embarking on a one-way starship expedition aim to colonize a distant world—if their own psychoses and betrayals don't kill them first. 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 >