Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE CAGE by Megan  Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"A riff on a Twilight Zone plot unfolds into a richly drawn alien dystopian replete with romance and horror. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Six teenagers face a life of captivity in an alien-designed human zoo. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WOLF by Tim Hall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"Imaginative depth and exquisite craft in service to a bleak and brutal muse. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This grimdark reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, first in a projected trilogy, takes little from its source but the names and setting. Read full book review >

THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
In his sixth novel, Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory, 2014, etc.) imagines the vicious conflicts that might arise in a world of severe water scarcity.Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >
TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"In sum, more of the same, at even greater length."
Second installment of an overstuffed fantasy series following The Unremembered (2015).Read full book review >

SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction."
No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them.Read full book review >
THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"With gasp-inducing twists and turns, Alex's adventures in alt-London artfully combine the mysteries of Arthur Conan Doyle with the strange delights of H.G. Wells. A robust and clever breakout novel."
Seers and psychics rule Victorian London in this sharp-witted gaslamp fantasy novel from veteran writer Elrod (The Vampire Files, Volume 5, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
WHEN THE HEAVENS FALL by Marc Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"A splendid launch. Turner's unquestionably a newcomer to watch."
Gods, zombies, kings, wizards, and death-magic battle to the, well, death in a story that's sparked more by its denizens and their deeds than its standard fantasy backdrop. Read full book review >
The Religion of Bears by A.S. MacAndrews
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 15, 2015

"A twisted, mutilation-filled fable that's undeniably creative and provocative."
A planet of talking bears, injected with the souls of humans, may be humanity's last hope for survival after Martians have invaded Earth in MacAndrews' debut dystopian satire. Read full book review >
THE COST OF ALL THINGS by Maggie Lehrman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"An engrossing, emotionally resonant spin on the old adage: Be careful what you wish for. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Reeling from the death of her boyfriend, a girl enlists the help of a hekamist to forget him just as other spells taken by those closest to her reveal their true, unforgiving costs. Read full book review >
NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fast, tense gift for readers wanting to return to Nil. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Following Nil (2014), Rives falls for a new girl who holds the key to salvation from the alternate-dimension island.Read full book review >
BECOMING JINN by Lori Goldstein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Those who can get past the protagonist's tiresome pity party will be eager for further exploration of her Zar family and the subterranean intrigues of Jinn society. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"[W]hen genies are involved, there's always a trick." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >