Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

THE BIG BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION by Ann VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A necessity for those wishing to broaden their understanding of science fiction as a genre...or just those looking for some darn good stories."
A comprehensive, chronological journey through a century of seminal science fiction, compiled by the editorial team of the VanderMeers (Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
NECESSITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Engaging food for thought."
A trilogy which began as an almost-dry intellectual exercise ends as a glorious kitchen sink of genre, combining philosophy, time travel, aliens, and the gods. Read full book review >

THE YEAR 200 by Augustín de Rojas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"This outsized so-called classic should have stayed in the past."
In this newly translated 1990 book from de Rojas, one of Cuba's pre-eminent sci-fi writers, sleeper agents emerge from the past to wrest control of the future. Read full book review >
Adventure by Brian Deason
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2016

"A boisterous, persistently fun adventure story."
A debut fantasy about an Illinois grad student who goes to various places that share more than a few similarities with familiar movies and TV shows. Read full book review >
THE DOOMED CITY by Arkady Strugatsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"An intriguing, if somewhat vague, speculative tale."
A mysterious story about a surreal city from Russian science-fiction masters the Strugatsky brothers, translated into English for the first time. Read full book review >

Edge of the Frontier by Christopher Ledford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"A wonderfully weird tale about two female gunslingers that delivers too many plot elements."
In a genre mashup that blends fantasy, horror, and Western, a motley crew of misfits join forces to fight evil on the edge of the frontier. Read full book review >
Gravity Breaker by Jonathan R. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2016

"An engaging superhero story with deep themes."
When a biracial single father discovers he can control gravity, he must decide how far he'll go to protect his family in this novel. Read full book review >
TRACER by Rob Boffard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Boffard's debut is rough around the edges but ambitious and intriguing."
In his debut novel, Boffard presents a claustrophobic future where the remnants of humanity survive in a dilapidated space station and one young woman must save the station from those who want no survivors at all. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE by Anthony O’Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Reveling in the low gravity, a yarn that bounds along in fine style, spraying gore and body parts."
An incorruptible cop tackles a series of mysterious assassinations in a virtually lawless moon colony; in a not unrelated development, a homicidal android searches for Oz, leaving no survivors in his wake. Read full book review >
TRACER by Rob Boffard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Boffard's debut is rough around the edges but ambitious and intriguing."
In his debut novel, Boffard presents a claustrophobic future where the remnants of humanity survive in a dilapidated space station and one young woman must save the station from those who want no survivors at all. Read full book review >
AGE OF MYTH by Michael J. Sullivan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sullivan's world is richly detailed but emotionally threadbare since all the action, bloodshed, magic, and menace lead to a clichéd conclusion: the good ones win, and the evil ones lose."
In Elan's ancient past, men were called Rhunes and were treated as less than animals by the long-lived, magic-wielding Fhrey, whom the Rhunes believe to be immortal gods. Read full book review >
Sherlock Mars by Jackie Kingon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An undeniably fun tale with a protagonist who can apparently handle anything despite the fact that the mystery is often put on the back burner."
A bistro owner and amateur sleuth tries solving the murder of a fellow restaurateur in Kingon's (Chocolate Chocolate Moons, 2012) zany sci-fi mystery.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >