Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Impossible to put down. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Having cast off her Celaena identity, Aelin returns to Adarlan to reclaim her crown. Read full book review >
The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Ambitious but not entirely successful, with entertaining moments and promise for more."
In the latest from Bell (Spireseeker, 2013), a dragon scientistand a human witch try to survive political machinations on two separate but related worlds.Read full book review >

THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >
Future Imperfect by M. Scott Chambers
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A well-conceived, exciting story that will satisfy those looking for some emotion in their time-travel tales."
A classic time-travel plot gets a modern spin in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Steel Maiden by Kim Richardson
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Solid start to a new series, with a heroine engaging enough to distract from less-than-convincing villains and threadbare tropes."
Richardson (Seals, 2015, etc.) threads romance through the hammered steel of her latest creation: the fantasy tale of a young woman with a mysterious gift in a bloody race in which success might be freedom and failure is death.Read full book review >

Mirror World by John Calicchia
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"Despite its heavy-handed titular metaphor, this novel succeeds in injecting fun and adventure into the psychology of self-perception."
In Calicchia's debut YA fantasy novel, two sisters fight to destroy a powerful dark angel with the ability to taint humans' views of themselves. Read full book review >
LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >
The Wallbuilders by Chris Nelson
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"An offbeat tale of freedom and duty in a rural totalitarian society."
A dystopian thriller set in a community that has as much in common with Winter's Bone as The Hunger Games.Read full book review >
PRESS START TO PLAY by Daniel H. Wilson
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A mixed bag, like many anthologies, but sci-fi fans will find it well worth their while."
An anthology that examines the relationship between video games and storytelling. Read full book review >
DECEPTIONS by Linda Armstrong Kelly
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Shifting alliances, mercurial villains, and multiple retellings of ancient tales make the details hard to follow but rewarding to catch."
In the third book of the Cainsville series (Visions, 2014, etc.), Olivia Taylor-Jones is at the apex of a love triangle while magic forces tug at her from both sides. Read full book review >
ZER0ES by Chuck  Wendig
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An action-packed yet cerebral thriller that lives in that murky nexus between today and the future."
A group of co-opted hackers discovers a secret government experiment gone terribly wrong. Read full book review >
NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Another fine effort from Belcher, ripped from a dark, dark place."
Belcher takes a break from occult Westerns (Shotgun Arcana, 2014, etc.) with this blood-soaked contemporary urban fantasy featuring a gray-hat protagonist cut from the mold of John Constantine and Sandman Slim.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >