Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

FALLING SKY by Rajan Khanna
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"It's post-apocalypse as Western, only done first and better in Firefly. A fast and mindless adventure story adding little that's new or exciting to the genre."
Blogger and short story writer Khanna turns his sights to the skies in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE SHOTGUN ARCANA by R.S. Belcher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"On to the next apocalypse!"
An 1870s Western town suffers a fresh assault of eldritch threats in this compelling and action-packed sequel to The Six-Gun Tarot (2013).Read full book review >

WE ARE NOT GOOD PEOPLE by Jeff Somers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An action-filled urban fantasy that offers absorbing storytelling in a gritty atmosphere of crime and a merciless, often ugly, magic built on violence."
In this hefty and insistently entertaining novel, Somers (Chum, 2013, etc.) creates a world of seedy urban crime that develops into a violent epic with the help of an intriguingly bloody magic system.Read full book review >
SCARLET TIDES by David Hair
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"So it has, and fans of the series will be eager to see what comes next."
"The windship flotilla has already left for Hebusalim." The ship may have sailed and the sheets may be a little slack, but that doesn't keep Gurvon Gyle, Ramita Ankesharan and company from coming back for more swords and sorcery in Hair's latest. Read full book review >
FAT & BONES by Larissa Theule
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Strange and strangely compelling, this is one of those books that needs the right reader—who will eat it up. (Short stories. 14 & up)"
Short, peculiar, inexplicable: This won't be for everyone. Read full book review >

LARK ASCENDING by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"That said, this is a mighty strong finish to the trilogy, and there is plenty to keep readers turning the pages. (Dystopian adventure. 14 & up)"
Fans of the Skylark trilogy will welcome the third and final installment of the series. Read full book review >
UNMARKED by Kami Garcia
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Fans hungry for more Legion tales will be left waiting breathlessly for Garcia's next installment. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
In this much-anticipated sequel to Unbreakable (2013), Legion members seek to contain a demon unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Read full book review >
DIE AND STAY DEAD by Nicholas Kaufmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A repetitive and unfocused setup for a third novel."
Kaufmann's protagonist who can't die is back for another magic-driven adventure in this New York City-based novel. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Funny, sexy, action-packed and tragic in all the right moments. (Horror/paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Hostilities between Anima Industries and the zombie slayers escalate into all-out war in this trilogy conclusion. Read full book review >
DAY 21 by Kass Morgan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"A logic-light, romance-heavy novel that evidently has no aspirations beyond accompanying the CW series. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The 100 teenage convicts sent to recolonize Earth (a need more pressing than they know) in The 100 (2013) discover just how inhabited the planet really is.Read full book review >
AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Watching Darcy's story play off Darcy's novel will fascinate readers as well as writers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Westerfeld offers two novels in one: the story of Lizzie Scofield, a teenager who escapes a terrorist attack by somehow crossing into the afterlife and develops a relationship with a "smoldering Vedic psychopomp," and the story of 18-year-old Darcy Patel, who has just signed a contract to publish the novel Lizzie anchors. Read full book review >
MESSENGER OF FEAR by Michael Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An unusual and intriguing puzzle of a book. (Paranormal suspense. 14 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Mara thinks she might be dead when she wakes up in a mist and finds herself with a strange boy dressed in black and displaying frightening supernatural powers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dick Cavett
October 20, 2014

In Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks, quick-witted talk show host Dick Cavett dishes on some of the famous people he’s interviewed: There’s much ado about Marlene Dietrich, Groucho, Carson and the Burtons, Jonathan Winters, Mel Brooks and Stan Laurel. Brief Encounters, taken from Cavett’s online columns for The New York Times, offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing and the utter improbability of being alive at all. We’ll ask him about his career and his writing life on Kirkus TV this week. View video >