Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE DANGEROUS TYPE by Loren Rhoads
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"Due to flimsy worldbuilding and an incessant focus on the relationship status of the characters, the novel reads like fan fiction based on a better space opera that isn't available in this universe."
In this science-fiction novel by Rhoads (co-author: As Above, So Below, 2014), one woman seeks revenge against her tormentor.Read full book review >
ULTIMATUS, A GAMING CORPORATION by A.A. Dober
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2014

"A tense thriller that will appeal to fans of video games and sinister villains."
In the near future, video games have grown more advanced—and deadly—in Dober's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by Hope Schenk-de Michele
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015

"A worthwhile jaunt for readers interested in a mix of magic, mankind, and the sinister ploys of the devil."
Debut authors Schenck-de Michele and Marquez's urban fantasy novel about Lucifer's daughter and a peculiar shop. Read full book review >
BOMBS AWAY by Harry Turtledove
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015

"Definitely worth a try for Turtledove fans and armchair warriors in general."
Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove (Last Orders, 2014, etc.) delivers the opening barrage of a new speculative conflict: What if President Harry Truman had ordered nuclear weapons to be used in the Korean War?Read full book review >
THE VANGUARD CHRONICLES by Lawrence Menard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 24, 2012

"An old-fashioned, can-do, pulp sci-fi planetary romp with few subtleties or moral shadings."
In this debut sci-fi novel, intrepid survivors of the human race land on a distant world and find that they're not alone—in more ways than one. Read full book review >

THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >
BLOOD FATHER by Tessa Dawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2014

"Love letter to Blood Curse fans, but new readers are invited, too."
In the sixth volume of Dawn's Blood Curse series, the Silivasi brothers learn the whereabouts of their father. Read full book review >
A Draemorian Chronicle by Sebastien Leonard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2014

"Imaginative fantasy, but the history often weighs down, rather than supports, its characters."
Tracking centuries of history across multiple civilizations, Leonard's debut novel entangles forces angelic, demonic, and technological into a skein of interlinked short stories and journal entries. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOK EVER WRITTEN by Jonah Kruvant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"A bit familiar, but exciting nonetheless."
In a future dictatorship, detective Victor Vale starts questioning authority when, to infiltrate a dissident cell, he goes undercover as a writer. Read full book review >
Siv & The Blood Moon by Geoffrey Leigh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"This inventive, tightly plotted debut will entertain fantasy lovers of any age."
This fantasy debut follows an outcast dwarf as she's caught up in an epic battle for the realm of Lavendelle. Read full book review >
Oversight by Thomas Claburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >