Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

Masters' Mysterium by R. R. Reynolds
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Like Charlaine Harris' Midnight, Texas, saga, this is cutting-edge genre fiction that will appeal to genre fans as well as mainstream fiction readers. It's a storytelling tour de force no matter the categorization."
This rousing sequel to Reynolds' debut novel (Masters' Mysterium: Wisconsin Dells, 2013) continues a paranormal fantasy saga chronicling the epic battle between angels and demons and the humans entangled in their war.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 >
Primordium Book Two: Renaissance by William E. Mason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"A complicated sci-fi sequel featuring many puzzling time loops."
In Mason's sequel to Primordium Book One: Reformation (2015), a scientist travels back and forth through time, caught in a conflict between cosmic entities to control a genetic strain that seeded mankind. Read full book review >

SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION by Ann VanderMeer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A necessary, well-curated anthology that shows the singular political power of speculative fiction."
The feminist superstars of science fiction, fantasy, and horror dismantle and reassemble gender's many implications and iterations in the newest anthology edited by the VanderMeers (The Time Traveler's Almanac, 2014, etc.).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 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 Architecture of Freedom by Tim Cross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"An extensive, encyclopedic investigation that walks a fine line between New-Age spirituality and metaphysics."
Is it possible some of our central beliefs about time, space, and ourselves are wrong and our lives might change drastically for the better if we revise them? Cross investigates. 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 >
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 >
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
The Palomas and the Corbeaus are more than traveling circus performers; the two families have magical bloodlines, and as with all magical acts, they have their secrets. 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 >