Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Azaleas Don't Bloom Here by Frank Klus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2016

"Michael Moore meets Nineteen Eighty-Four in this pulpy action-thriller, which explores the pathologies of rampant capitalist greed and corruption."
In Klus' (Take the Pilgrim Road, 2013) sci-fi sequel, a businessman finds himself embroiled in a revolutionary conspiracy in a nightmarish future America, where powerful corporate interests and gangsterlike cops dominate the government.Read full book review >
THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2016

"Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read. (Futuristic fantasy/horror. 15 & up)"
Natural enemies find themselves reluctant allies in a war-torn, monstrous future. Read full book review >

INFOMOCRACY by Malka Older
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Some aspects of the story may risk dating, but on the whole, timely and perhaps timeless."
A debut sci-fi author suggests that the electoral process could be even scarier, more convoluted, and more subject to factual distortions than it currently is. Read full book review >
LOTUS AND THORN by Sara Wilson Etienne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2016

"An ambitious, action-filled adventure that chronicles one girl's rebellion and the world-shaking revelations that follow. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
An outcast discovers new worlds in the old one's wreckage. Read full book review >
AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Even those immune to the charms of fantasy and operatic tribal warfare can admire Hearn's skill at juggling so many characters who defy fairy-tale simplicity."
The second installment in Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series about a mythical version of feudal Japan. Read full book review >

The Green Knight by Chris Dietzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Stirring sci-fi action that should appeal to fans who applaud the introduction 'A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.'"
A space princess tries to halt a terrible war—seemingly prompted by her father—while facing an appointment with execution at the hands of the mysterious Green Knight. Read full book review >
SUPER EXTRA GRANDE by Yoss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"An exceptionally enjoyable comic tale set in a fully realized, firmly science-fictional universe."
A lighthearted space-opera adventure by Cuban author Yoss (A Planet for Rent, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
The Last Sunset by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining vampire series.
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In this fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, Lizzie, Tucker, and the others will have to put aside their differences when an ancient enemy emerges from the shadows. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS by China Miéville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"Despite its clever concept, this novella feels a little too much like listening to someone go on and on about his dreams."
A surrealist collage of a novella: part fantasy, part alternate history, part catalogue raisonné. Read full book review >
STEEPLEJACK by A.J.  Hartley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2016

"Smart political intrigue wrapped in all the twists and turns of a good detective story makes for a rip-roaring series opener. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
This latest novel from Hartley (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2014, etc.), his debut for teens, is social commentary masquerading as crime fiction masquerading as fantasy.Read full book review >
LEAGUE OF DRAGONS by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Not the finest entry in the sequence, being slow to gather momentum and somewhat patchy, but overall a satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series."
Ninth, and last, of the Temeraire historical fantasy series (Blood of Tyrants, 2013, etc.), reimagining the Napoleonic Wars in a world where humans coexist with intelligent dragons. Read full book review >
THE LONG COSMOS by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Scientist Baxter's naturally rather pedantic and dispassionate tone needed more of the warmth and wit of the late fantasist Pratchett (who died in 2015)."
Final installment of the series (The Long Utopia, 2015, etc.) wherein Earth is one of an indefinite sequence of worlds occupying the same space but separated by some higher dimension (one can almost hear Pratchett murmur, "Nobody knew for certain, but it was probably quantum"). 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 >