Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

SILVER SHARD by Betsy Streeter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2016

"An entertaining if not entirely transparent sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this follow-up to Silverwood (2015), the Silverwood clan must ensure its old enemy doesn't escape its supernatural prison. Read full book review >
GHOSTLY ECHOES by William Ritter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A somber turn for the supernatural sleuth and levelheaded assistant but still energetic and entertainingly offbeat. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
Past actions and futuristic inventions haunt people in this sequel. Read full book review >
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LANGDON ST. IVES by James P. Blaylock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2016

"A collection of enjoyable and cheerfully unsubtle adventures in the company of an endearing cast of characters."
In this illustrated collection, Blaylock (Beneath London, 2015, etc.) offers readers five stories featuring scientist and adventurer Langdon St. Ives, a character first introduced in 1978 when Blaylock was one of the pioneers of the steampunk genre. Read full book review >

THE RACE by Nina Allan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"One spectacular sci-fi novella dragged down by three tedious ones."
Four semi-intertwined novellas featuring genetically engineered dogs and a troubled family. 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 Unforgiven by A. Katie Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2015

"Behind familiar fantasy trappings await a marvelous adventure and a vibrant love story."
In this medieval tale, the conflict between two rival kingdoms escalates over an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
Return to Hera by Suzanne Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE

"The author pushes her cast of Herans and earthlings—along with readers—through an unforgettable emotional crucible."
Earth descendants struggle to survive on an inhospitable planet in Maxwell's sci-fi sequel to The Rasken (2011).Read full book review >
THE SIREN by Kiera Cass
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A frothy little stand-alone fairy tale. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A chaste forbidden romance between a siren and a human in this re-edited rerelease from The Selection (2012) author Cass. Read full book review >
Redfall: Fight for Survival by Jay J. Falconer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Solid action but a dystopia left unexplored—though later series entries are primed to do just that."
An intelligence expert teams up with survivalists when a bizarre weather event prefaces a plan to stir up chaos among American citizens in this techno-thriller. Read full book review >
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"A fun, fast-paced tale about seven young, immensely powerful prisoners."
A YA thriller blends sci-fi, post-apocalyptic fiction, and a coming-of-age story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 5, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >