Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
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 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 >

THE SHADOW HOUR by Melissa Grey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 12, 2016

"Ripe with sarcasm and complicated relationships, an action- and angst-packed installment reminiscent of Buffy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Forces of light and darkness clash in this urban-fantasy sequel to The Girl at Midnight (2015). Read full book review >
THE CRIMSON SKEW by S.E. Grove
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 12, 2016

"A triumphant conclusion to a prodigious feat of storytelling. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Mapmakers trilogy concludes with Sophia Tims still searching for her missing parents and, while she's at it, trying to prevent a cataclysmic war. Read full book review >
INVADERS by Jacob Weisman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"By their natures, anthologies are often hit and miss: there are misses aplenty here, but the hits, when they come, are solid and lingering."
A collection of 22 short stories featuring several big names of literary fiction experimenting with science-fiction themes and concepts. Read full book review >
THE DEVOURERS by Indra Das
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not for the squeamish, Das' debut is an ambitious, unsettling trip into our own capacity for violence."
The line between what it is to be human and what it is to be a monster is frequently blurred in Das' compelling debut novel. Read full book review >
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 >
THE STARS ASKEW by Rjurik Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Still too verbose but a decided improvement on its dazzling yet chilly predecessor."
Second installment of a fantasy series (Unwrapped Sky, 2014) about a slow-motion rebellion overtaking an ancient, decaying city in thrall to body- and brain-warping magic. Read full book review >
TIME SIEGE by Wesley Chu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Computer-game style: formulaic but exhilarating."
Second installment of a series (Time Salvager, 2015) in which time travelers salvage what they can from the past to help sustain a solar system ravaged by corporate wars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >