Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

BOLLYWOOD INVASION by Ricardo  Alexanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2018

"An imaginative, if rather shallow, rock ‘n' roll fantasy."
Alexanders (The Last Resistance: Dragon Tomb, 2017) tells the story of a teenager who wakes up in an alternate universe and becomes a rock star in this YA novel. Read full book review >
THE LAST RESISTANCE by Ricardo  Alexanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2017

"An epic and inventive Far East, space-invasion reimagining of World War II."
In 1939, an incredible archaeological discovery in China leads to contact with an ancient race of aliens—who fatefully join the Allied cause—in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THE JOURNALS OF RAYMOND BROOKS by Amit  Bobrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"An unpredictable, briskly paced series opener."
In this fantasy novel, a warrior recounts her long life spent battling figurative and literal demons. Read full book review >
WHEN GODS WAR by F. Howard Billings
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A simplistic sci-fi saga."
In this debut novel, a strange, young, grassy, and lopsided planet named Zeon faces catastrophe. Read full book review >
THE MISSING SPIRIT by P.J.  Maia
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A worthy introduction to a grand world, with rich, profound characters that should bring readers back for sequels."
This fantasy debut tells of a realm of immortal beings and a teenage girl's murky past that may put her in danger. 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 >
THE ONE AND ONLY by Julia  Ash
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A smart, gory, and sleazy zombie fest."
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 >
SUMMERLAND by Hannu Rajaniemi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2018

"A jaw-dropping, knowing, hyperintelligent yarn that, like the author's previous outings, would have benefitted from fewer smarts and more warmth."
Following a dazzling science-fiction trilogy, Rajaniemi (Invisible Planets, 2017, etc.) offers a sort of neo-steampunk spy story wherein the afterlife is real. Read full book review >
MONSTER'S CHILDREN by Daniel  Hansen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 2, 2017

"This appealing, well-paced fantasy tale offers a deep dive into what makes its main character tick."
In this debut YA novel, an African-American teenager gets the opportunity to attend a school that trains her for an age-old battle between the forces of Order and the Trickster gods. 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 >
SPACE OPERA by Catherynne M. Valente
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Light on plot and originality but a charming amusement all the same."
This nearly literal title about an intergalactic battle of the bands is perhaps operatic in scope (in a comic vein, at least) but is more rock than opera. Read full book review >
EUROPEAN TRAVEL FOR THE MONSTROUS GENTLEWOMAN  by Theodora  Goss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2018

"A fizzy adventure for lovers of the genre, but the execution could have been much better."
Mary Jekyll and her crew of "monstrous gentlewomen" are back in the second installment of Goss' (The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter, 2017) gothic mashup series. 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 >