Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR by Sharman Apt Russell
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"By turns bawdy and bold, Russell shifts between precise, accurate scientific description and sheer absurdity, which renders this ambitious tale of human hubris quite uneven and eventually implausible."
Struck by catastrophes like a fatal supervirus, 23rd-century Earth has become a world of peaceful, nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes living harmoniously in nature alongside telepathic animal clones resuscitated from the Pleistocene era, until an invention created by an unlikely alliance alters the future. Read full book review >
Invasion of the Spirit Snatchers by Johnny Townsend
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A funny, charming tale about a group of Mormons facing the end of the world."
Townsend (Gayrabian Nights, 2014, etc.) uses the apocalypse as a window into the secret lives of Mormons in this satirical novel.Read full book review >

Kingdom Nightmare by D.C. Lloyd
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A broadly imagined tale, ultimately hamstrung by a lack of finer detail."
A terrifying force of darkness tears a couple of childhood friends apart, sparking a quest spanning three interconnected worlds in this sprawling debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Foundra: The Rift War by Emmanuel M. Arriaga
Released: Dec. 30, 2015

"Delightful genre piece with all the right ingredients: monsters, warfare, and romance."
In Arriaga's sci-fi debut, an elite military team tries to stop a vindictive enemy from a parallel universe hellbent on annihilating races and leaving planets in ruin. Read full book review >
The Doomsday Shroud by R.L Gemmill
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"An excellent sequel that solves some mysteries and introduces new ones."
The second volume of Gemmill's (The Demon Conspiracy, 2015) YA fantasy series about demons plotting world domination from their cavern lair.Read full book review >

I Am Avhor by Brian Ditchek
Released: Dec. 28, 2015

"A somewhat restrained but sturdy tale; deep-space Game of Thrones lite."
As paranoid King Harad of the planet Vacaron moves to eliminate a long-lost prince who threatens his reign, complications arise from a group of Earth explorers that the monarch holds hostage. Read full book review >
Dark Horde Rising by Iain Hope
Released: Dec. 24, 2015

"Long on imagination and word count; not for the casual fan of fantasy."
From debut author Hope comes an epic fantasy novel about a group of friends, a college of magic, and a time of great disorder. Read full book review >
Mimadamos by Chadi Ghaith
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"Wild and meditative, this heady book delivers plenty of ideas, some large, some obvious."
A fantastical debut novel concerns the union of two supernatural entities. Read full book review >
Darkness & Light by Kyle Hoy
Released: Dec. 19, 2015

"A bold myth with solid worldbuilding, hampered by weak characters and a conclusion that's more like likely to irritate than tantalize readers."
A sweeping fantasy epic that combines magic and mysticism with space exploration and high drama, set amid a primal struggle between Darkness and Light. Read full book review >
STAR WARS  by Alan Dean Foster
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"The Force is adequate with this one."
Sci-fi veteran Foster (Star Trek into Darkness, 2013, etc.) returns for the novelization of the latest Star Wars blockbuster.Read full book review >
Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A revolt on a distant planet holds a mirror up to Earth in this erratically effective novel."
A debut sci-fi epic explores a colonial world striving for independence from its master planet. Read full book review >
Royal Progress by Pen Fairchild
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Epic in scope, boasting a vast cast and intricate mythology; the sexual nature might be too much for its intended audience, though."
When a princess suddenly inherits her family's domain, she learns there's more to her ascendancy than meets the eye. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >