Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE MACHINE AWAKES by Adam Christopher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Fans of the previous certainly will want to investigate."
Space opera set in the same universe as Christopher's space-horror yarn The Burning Dark (2014).Read full book review >
THE ARCHITECT OF AEONS by John C. Wright
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Impressive, with dull intervals, but for the committed only."
Fourth of a projected six-volume series (The Judge of Ages, 2014, etc.) charting the future history of an Earth threatened by almost inconceivably advanced alien invaders. Read full book review >

POSITIVE by David Wellington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Lacking the storytelling virtuosity of World War Z or the emotional impact of The Passage, the novel suffers from a woefully underdeveloped and naïve hero, a love story without an ounce of heat, and a carload of ancient zombie tropes just begging to be put out of their misery."
A young survivor of the zombie pandemic finds himself thrust outside the comfort and safety of post-apocalyptic Manhattan and into the wastelands of America in this coming-of-age novel from Wellington (The Hydra Protocol, 2014, etc.)Read full book review >
PIRATE'S ALLEY by Suzanne Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Still, the world and characters are appealing, and fans of the series will find enough of its charms here to keep them reading."
An urban fantasy set in a mysteriously snow-covered New Orleans. Read full book review >
THE AFFINITIES by Robert Charles Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"An intriguing and seriously innovative attempt to grapple with some of the issues raised by the 21st century's obsession with social media."
Social science fiction from the author of Burning Paradise (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"The well-built world, vivid characters, and perfect blend of action and amour should have readers eagerly seeking the sequel. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Echo is an odd bird, but she soars in this urban fantasy. Read full book review >
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"Bound to be popular. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A suddenly trendy trope—conflict and romance between members of conquering and enslaved races—enlivened by fantasy elements loosely drawn from Arabic tradition (another trend!). Read full book review >
WOLVES by Simon Ings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2015

"A novel that's easy to admire but almost reptilian in its lack of warmth."
A new novel that probes the relationship between perception and reality. Read full book review >
CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"Rachelle's flaws make her an incredibly sympathetic character; though her romance is not so compelling, the unusual, intricately woven story and themes make for a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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A high fantasy loosely based on "Little Red Riding Hood" and the less well-known "The Girl with No Hands." Read full book review >
THE VORRH by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Certainly unusual, sometimes powerful, this book nevertheless doesn't quite succeed thanks to its murky, roundabout plot and over-rich language."
A darkly imaginative story of magical realism set in and around a forest with mystical powers. Read full book review >
CORSAIR by James L. Cambias
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A potboiler that fans of Cambias' previous excellent work will wish to investigate."
Near-future science-fiction thriller from the author of A Darkling Sea (2014).Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL OF LOKI by Joanne M. Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"If not exactly fresh, certainly a rich, in-depth addition to the modern mythic canon."
If everything you know about Loki begins and ends with the actor Tom Hiddleston, this book is for you. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >