Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A highly impressive debut that engages intellectually while rarely offering emotional involvement."
Fantasy intrigue, power politics, and revenge: Brooklyn resident Dickinson's first novel. Read full book review >
The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"An atmospheric, superbly paced series opener."
From the author of Kitsune (2015) comes a romantic fantasy about a priestess who unleashes an elemental dragon, only to learn that she possesses untapped power herself.Read full book review >

Indigo 33 by Susan Phoenix
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"An enticing, if off-kilter, tale that explores psychic phenomena."
A young woman realizes that she possesses special powers in this transformative novel. Read full book review >
When Destinies Collide by Gordon Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"A satisfying start to a new series about two royal brothers confronting a dark lord."
Evil returns and siblings reunite to defeat a common enemy in this debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Light by Paul Dale Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2015

"Renders spirits and the preternatural realm as tangible scenes of action and intensity."
The ghost of a murdered U.S. Army Ranger plans to thwart a plot to assassinate world leaders in Anderson's (Pinking Shears, 2015, etc.) supernatural thriller.Read full book review >

An Unfortunate War by Joe East
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2015

"A tight, absorbing story with the potential for a sequel or two."
When Earth launches an invasion of the colonized planet of Haven, its people form a militia to fight back in East's (Base Camp Freedom, 2012) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A fast-paced and engrossing read for anyone weary of the same old hackneyed storylines. (Fantasy. 14 & up) "
Pon returns to Xia, a realm inspired by Chinese folklore and introduced in Silver Phoenix (2009), for the first in a duology. Read full book review >
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK by David A. goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An accomplished, stirring tribute to a beloved sci-fi series that will captivate fans and newcomers alike."
A faux memoir of Star Trek's iconic Capt. James T. Kirk that draws on nearly half a century of the franchise's history. Read full book review >
Evil Within Yourselves by Bill Hiatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2015

"Another mix of action, adventure, teen angst, and literary allusion, although the results are less satisfying than before."
The latest installment in Hiatt's (Hidden among Yourselves, 2015, etc.) Spell Weaver fantasy-adventure series.Read full book review >
THE SHADOW BEHIND THE STARS by Rebecca Hahn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Shattering and transcendent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
From the author of the radiant A Creature of Moonlight (2014), a heartbreaking fantasy tackles life's big questions.Read full book review >
THE DRAFTER by Kim Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Disappointing."
Harrison shifts gears with this near-future techno-thriller. Read full book review >
SUPERSYMMETRY by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive. Just pay no attention to the wobbling scenery."
Second part of the science-fiction/thriller duology following Superposition (April 2015). 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 >