Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

WHILE YOU WERE GONE by Amy K. Nichols
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Appropriately enough, lots of fun on multiple levels. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The other half of the parallel-universe story begun in Now That You're Here (2014).Read full book review >
AFTER THE RED RAIN by Barry Lyga
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Give these cardboard characters and their ludicrous plot a miss. (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14 & up)"
Lyga (Blood of My Blood, 2014, etc.) is joined by actor Facinelli and film producer DeFranco for this post-apocalyptic novel.Read full book review >

THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing."
Horror, noir, fantasy, politics, and poetry swirl into combinations as satisfying intellectually as they are emotionally. 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 >
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 >

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 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >