Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

MY DAZE AS A VAMPIRE HUNTER by James T.  Carpenter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 20, 2017

"An insouciant vampire narrator recounts an offbeat story filled with action and levity."
A vampiric secret agent infiltrates a group of especially deadly vampire hunters in Carpenter's (Why I Shouldn't Work with a Werewolf, 2016, etc.) supernatural sequel. Read full book review >
WORTHY OF PROMETHEUS by Plum McCauley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 13, 2014

"A well-written riff on Greek mythology that poses more questions than it answers."
McCauley's (It All Started with a Bicycle, 2011) novella, inspired by the Greek myths, tells a short story about Hephaestus and his grand plans for mankind. Read full book review >

DREADMARROW THIEF by Marjory  Kaptanoglu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A novel that celebrates life and love the way only the best fantasy tales can."
In this YA fantasy debut, a magically powered teenager battles a ruling wizard on behalf of her parents. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF SARA SPRINGBORN AND MR. WOLLO BUSHTAIL by William Crow Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A diverting tale that champions nature as convincingly as its heroes do."
In Johnson's (The Sword is Whet, 2017, etc.) middle-grade fantasy, a young girl and a squirrel, communicating telepathically, endeavor to broker peace between humans and forest creatures. Read full book review >
THUNDERHEAD by Neal Shusterman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Fear the reaper(s)…but relish this intelligent and entertaining blend of dark humor and high death tolls. (Science fiction. 14-adult)"
Death proves impermanent in this sequel to Scythe (2016). Read full book review >

WINTER OF ICE AND IRON by Rachel Neumeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"The worldbuilding is patchy in places, but a finely drawn web of convincing characters with complex relationships wins out."
In a world where rulers hold power through their ties to the great "Immanent Powers" that inhabit their lands, peaceful princess Kehera of Harivir and the infamous Wolf Duke of Pohorir must work together to stop a mad king and a power-hungry Immanent. Read full book review >
SMOKE CITY by Keith  Rosson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 23, 2017

"An offbeat, strangely satisfying adventure through a land full of (literal) ghosts."
Rosson (The Mercy of the Tide, 2017) presents a surreal road novel about misfits on a journey to Southern California. Read full book review >
CRISTOBAL by Anthony A. Valleriani
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A kinetic middle-grade-fantasy pastiche that skews in tone toward older readers."
In this middle-grade debut, an orphan learns that he belongs to a vast magical community. Read full book review >
JACK GREGSON & THE FORGOTTEN PORTAL by Peter  Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"By-the-numbers portal fantasy with little to distinguish it from the pack."
Three children discover their magical family legacy in Wilson's middle-grade debut. Read full book review >
MINDS WITHIN by Rich   Clikeman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 14, 2017

"A detailed and ambitious thought experiment."
In the near future of this sci-fi novel, sentient computers and brilliant scientists transform the nature of humanity. Read full book review >
THE GREAT PROTECTORS by Clint Gleason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 2, 2017

"A solid middle chapter in a brawny fantasy-adventure chronicle."
Gleason (Molters, 2016, etc.) continues his Far End fantasy saga with a tale of a tribal leader negotiating perils and forming alliances to secure a new home for his clans after a natural disaster. Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE CRETACEOUS by Howard W.  Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"An offbeat meditation on relationships, replete with quirky characters and a poignant romance at the center of the action."
Tales of love, loss, and regret unfold around a futuristic dinosaur park in this 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 >