Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 8, 2016

"Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sassy desert sharpshooter swashbuckles through a six-gun Arabian Nights in this fantasy debut.Read full book review >

THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A deeply satisfying but bleak, dark work; its only illumination are flashes of high tragedy and perhaps the glimmers of a realistic but not far-ranging hope."
Humanity teeters toward doom in the concluding Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Providence of Fire, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
HALF LOST by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"An immensely satisfying finale of dazzling magic, hard-earned romance, and the tragic realities of war. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fueled by a thirst for vengeance and the powers passed on by his infamous father, Nathan fights to end a war without losing himself in this series conclusion. Read full book review >
A TANGLE OF GOLD by Jaclyn Moriarty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"Colorful and madcap, a veritable 'whirlshine' of sparkle, with a side of tears: deeply satisfying, perfectly ended. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A grand finale to a grand adventure, complete with truly startling revelations. Read full book review >

FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016

"A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Chima revisits the Seven Realms for the next generation of warfare, intrigue, romance, and magic. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 7, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. 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 >