Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

DRUANTIA'S CURSE by L.A. Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"This immersive, colorful, and action-oriented fantasy series smoothly maintains its rapid pace."
The Chosen warriors split their forces to square off against a vampire lord in this sequel. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE MASK by Patricia Reeks
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories. "
Reeks (Love Hurts, 2015, etc.) and debut editor Richardson assemble a series of tales centered on superheroes' constant struggles with saving the world and maintaining secret identities.Read full book review >

DRAGONKYN by Nathan Smith Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A superhero series opener that should work quick, indelible magic on audiences."
A YA fantasy features an underprivileged teen who starts displaying fantastic powers. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS by Anne Corlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Terrible science and even worse fiction."
An off-world colonist struggles to return to Earth in the wake of an interplanetary plague in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE DISPATCHER by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2017

"A what-if tale reminiscent of Asimov at his twistiest."
Previously produced solely as an audiobook, this noir novella—now available as an illustrated text—offers a unique wrinkle on a popular science-fiction trope. Read full book review >

THE HEALER'S RUNE by Lauricia Matuska
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2017

"Impressive storytelling and assured characterization; sows seeds for books to follow."
A woman has the chance to help free humans from an elfin race that has tyrannized them for centuries in Matuska's debut and start of a proposed fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S DRAGON by Jason F. Boggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An expansive but overlong sci-fi epic."
A young soldier begins to question the powers he serves in Boggs' sci-fi debut, the first of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE by Bill Adler, Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"While delivering an intriguing premise, this sci-fi tale ends too soon."
In this novella, a surgeon finds himself jumping forward in time, with each interval growing longer. Read full book review >
TRIANGLE by John Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A seaworthy mashup of military techno-thriller and alien-contact fare."
U.S. Navy scientist Jason Parker and other operatives mobilize to secure secrets and technologies left on Earth by a race of aquatic aliens in Clarke's (Middle Waters, 2014) sequel.Read full book review >
THE BEAST by Alex Bobrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"This psychological tale offers uncomfortable episodes of violence and sexuality."
In this debut fantasy thriller, four distinct personalities converge to battle a man's inner demon. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Deft, succinct, and ringing with emotion without ever dipping into sentimentality, Anderson's novel is both intriguing and deeply satisfying. (Science/historical fiction. 12-adult)"
In the year 2065, 16-year-old Adri Ortiz is one of the hardworking, talented few chosen to colonize Mars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >