Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

The Optical Lasso by Marc Corwin

"A campy but engrossing adventure."
Corwin tells the story of a soldier and his powerful invention in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
Whispers in Eternity by Jacinda Buchmann
Released: May 15, 2015

"A well-crafted love story about music, mortality, and living life to the fullest."
Fantasy author Buchmann (Indigo Infinity, 2014, etc.) begins a new series with a romance that reaches across the border between life and death.Read full book review >

The First by Kipjo Ewers
Released: July 18, 2015

"A fun read but one that's rough around the edges."
In Ewers' (EVO Uprising, 2015) novel, a woman is stronger than steel, can heal almost instantly, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but she's not sure if she's a superhero. Read full book review >
In Absence of Fear by Celeste Chaney
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A compelling novel to tease readers' paranoia."
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by D. M. Fife
Released: March 15, 2012

"A new series that fans of smart, action-oriented fantasy can't miss."
In this YA fantasy debut, an average kid begins secret training with the Knights of the Light to battle the Dark. Read full book review >

Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >
The Wizard and the Fairy Princess by H. F.  Galloway
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A quick fantasy read with a solid moral underpinning."
Galloway's debut fantasy novella unveils a secret world replete with goblins, a fairy princess, an evil witch, and a magical wizard. Read full book review >
THIS CENSUS-TAKER by China Miéville
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A deceptively simple story whose plot could be taken as a symbolic representation of an aspect of humanity as big as an entire society and as small as a single soul."
Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion, 2015, etc.) has two main modes: the pyrotechnics of a puzzle maker and the austere depth of a mythmaker. Brief and dreamlike, his latest novel is in his simpler, stronger style.Read full book review >
The Awakening of Adam Capello by M. W. Taylor
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"A well-conceived sci-fi exploration of the human mind and its capacity for empathy."
A speculative and introspective debut novel about what past lives can tell people about themselves and their futures. Read full book review >
Q Codes by J.R. Mathiassen

"A stupefying sci-fi meditation on mind and matter."
Fabulous computing technologies render profound intellectual concepts totally indecipherable in this debut sci-fi head-scratcher. Read full book review >
Robinson Crusoe 2245 by E.J. Robinson
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A solid, well-paced sci-fi adventure."
Robinson Crusoe returns from a rigidly hierarchical far-future U.K. to a nightmarish North America in search of his love, Friday, in the second book of Robinson's (Robinson Crusoe 2244, 2014) series updating the Daniel Defoe classic. Read full book review >
Mirral by Ali AlAttar
Released: July 4, 2015

"Readers intrigued by moral ambivalence will enjoy this addition to the genre."
A well-conceived blend of fantasy and sci-fi whose numerous characters and complex back story will keep readers on their toes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >