Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

The Agathon by Colin Weldon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2015

"A compelling sci-fi series that starts with a big bang."
The unexpected, unexplained destruction of Earth sends an experimental faster-than-light starship careening into the cosmos on a desperate mission to save what's left of humanity. Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not a banner year, all in all, but good enough to delight and entertain."
The Nebula Awards 2014 showcase, for works published in 2013. In 2015. At last! Read full book review >

WANDERING STAR by Romina Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A thematically powerful ride. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
While threats still loom after Zodiac (2014), vilified Rho must pick up the pieces.Read full book review >
Posh Bytes by C. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An engaging sci-fi dystopia of the drop-dead gorgeous."
Seven tenuously linked short stories set in a futuristic society in which advanced technology perpetuates illusions of physical beauty and youth. Read full book review >
HAWTHORN by Carol Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A satisfying end to an epic trilogy. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Having just recently saved Blythewood School for Girls from the evil Shadow Master Judicus van Drood, Avaline Hall is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying her senior year. As if. Read full book review >

A DAUGHTER OF NO NATION by A.M.  Dellamonica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Fans of Stormwrack will welcome another chance to set sail with Sophie."
A fantasy adventure set in a seafaring world full of tall ships and political intrigue. Read full book review >
THE RISING by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Part 3 can't come too soon."
War overshadows this second volume of an alternate-world trilogy (The Mechanical, 2015) set a few hundred years after the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens blended clockwork and alchemy to create the robotic Clakkers.Read full book review >
Love Hurts by Tricia Reeks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, wide-ranging collection of consistently strong genre stories."
In this anthology of short speculative fiction, debut editor Reeks gathers 26 stories about love—and the jealousy, sacrifice, and pain that can haunt even the most devoted hearts. Read full book review >
Fractures by Will James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"A beautiful dose of carnal mayhem set in Purgatory."
This debut fantasy thriller finds an assassin taken out of the killing game only to be thrust into a surreal plot to dethrone a deity. Read full book review >
Killing Juggernaut by Jared Bernard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite an overall lack of focus, Bernard's tale still manages to retain a mournful, prophetic power."
It's the end of the world as we know it, and nobody feels fine in Bernard's debut portrayal of humanity's end. Read full book review >
CHIMERA by Mira Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers will feel brain-dead themselves after slogging through this deadly dull saga."
Grant's tapeworm trilogy concludes with an all-out war. Read full book review >
Out of the Blue Valise by Mari Gayatri Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A delightful jumble of jungle creatures, two-legged and four-legged alike."
Hippos shrink, zebras speak French, and love heals all wounds in Stein's debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >