Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds."
Valente imagines an alternate solar system and sends her heroine, a filmmaker, to Venus, where she disappears. Read full book review >

PRESS START TO PLAY by Daniel H. Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A mixed bag, like many anthologies, but sci-fi fans will find it well worth their while."
An anthology that examines the relationship between video games and storytelling. Read full book review >
DECEPTIONS by Linda Armstrong Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Shifting alliances, mercurial villains, and multiple retellings of ancient tales make the details hard to follow but rewarding to catch."
In the third book of the Cainsville series (Visions, 2014, etc.), Olivia Taylor-Jones is at the apex of a love triangle while magic forces tug at her from both sides. Read full book review >
ZER0ES by Chuck  Wendig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An action-packed yet cerebral thriller that lives in that murky nexus between today and the future."
A group of co-opted hackers discovers a secret government experiment gone terribly wrong. Read full book review >

NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Another fine effort from Belcher, ripped from a dark, dark place."
Belcher takes a break from occult Westerns (Shotgun Arcana, 2014, etc.) with this blood-soaked contemporary urban fantasy featuring a gray-hat protagonist cut from the mold of John Constantine and Sandman Slim.Read full book review >
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A run-of-the-mill story in a beautifully drawn fantasy world."
An orphan discovers her royal roots in the first book of Oomerbhoy's debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
ANCIENT APPETITES by Oisín McGann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A slow story of a dysfunctional dynasty with little plot but a lot of plotting. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Internecine squabbles fill this first book in a series. Read full book review >
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Swanwick's approaching top form, and this one's just too good to miss."
A new entry in Swanwick's picaresque post-apocalyptic series, following Dancing with Bears (2011) and various short stories.Read full book review >
THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy."
In the sixth Old Man's War novel, a direct sequel to The Human Division (2013), human and alien governments on the brink of war must foil the secret cabal that pushed them there.Read full book review >
THE RISE OF THE AUTOMATED ARISTOCRATS by Mark Hodder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"More of a mixed bag than hitherto, but regulars will find it hard to resist."
Final entry in Hodder's steampunk/time travel series (The Return of the Discontinued Man, 2014, etc.) featuring Victorian explorer/translator Sir Richard Francis Burton and his improbable sidekick, the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne.Read full book review >
THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Once again, a highly impressive must-read."
Second part of an alien-contact trilogy (The Three-Body Problem, 2014) from China's most celebrated science-fiction author.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >