Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

THE BLOOD OF ANGELS by Johanna Sinisalo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"At its best, Sinisalo's novel engages in a fierce discussion of ecological choices while also imagining an unusually picturesque, Orpheus-tinged search for love beyond death."
A new novel by Finnish author Sinisalo (Birdbrain, 2011, etc.) uses harrowing ecological collapse and an idyllic parallel world to examine both the possibility of global disaster and one man's surreal, life-altering experience of grief.Read full book review >
We Are Strong, But We Are Fragile by Bob Mustin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A tense post-apocalyptic drama that reads as if the kids in Lord of the Flies were savvy enough to grow up and form political parties."
In a barbarous future following economic apocalypse, what's left of the city of Asheville, North Carolina, faces a military and ideological threat from a hostile, degenerate tribe led by a vengeful ex-citizen. Read full book review >

TEN FINGERS TOUCHING by Ellen A. Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"A satisfying story for those who can suspend disbelief, ignore any feminist misgivings and enjoy a fairy-tale ending."
Roth's love story transcends the battle of good and evil in her classic fairy tale. Read full book review >
DANDLE & LION by Louis Eliopoulos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2014

"An engaging effort, though it reads mostly like a bridge between more eventful books."
The second book in Eliopoulos' (The Mythic Forest, 2013) Fabelwald saga tells the tale of twins Dandle and Lion, children of the first volume's Erich and Rapunzel, as they begin to discover the magic inside them and the struggle between Light and Dark that defines the world around them.Read full book review >
SYMBIONT by Mira Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"For those who've been pining for a human/tapeworm romance."
The second in Grant's new series (Parasite, 2013) featuring a society battling a tapeworm takeover picks up with the adventures of Sal Mitchell, a tapeworm that's overcome her host's body. Read full book review >

Canidae: The Journey by Paul Woodward
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A promising beginning for a new writer, but to make the most of his talents, Woodward needs to work on developing an ear for language and worldbuilding."
Seeking reasons behind the extinction of humankind some 7,000 years before, a team of humanoid dogsuncovers an impending invasion of crystalline aliens and a traitor at the heart of their society. Read full book review >
CrossOver by Paul Proffet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A promising, deeply satisfying debut full of action, wit, and heart."
In this urban-fantasy adventure, a 44-year-old professional criminal decides to help a mysterious young woman—and gets pulled into a supernatural battle. Read full book review >
HIDDEN AMONG YOURSELVES by Bill Hiatt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Hiatt's formula for success holds true in this latest fantasy installment, which features rich literary allusion, swift pacing, crisp dialogue and inventive plotting."
Another engaging fantasy adventure from Hiatt (A Parent's Guide to Parent-Teacher Communication, 2014, etc.) about the teenage Taliesin "Tal" Weaver and his motley band, featuring supernatural beings, reincarnated leaders and a magical mom. Read full book review >
A Digital Carol – A Tale for Our Generation by Adolphus Writer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"A unique, if uneven, version of a holiday fixture."
Writer's (Tragic Wonders, 2013, etc.) novella reimagines Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a cautionary sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
BIRTH OF LEGENDS by Shaun K. Thornhill
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"At times overly familiar, other times creative; should please readers interested in adding oddities to slashing swords and dangerous magic."
Thornhill's debut fantasy novel follows the adventures of four magical friends out to battle a jilted necromancer. Read full book review >
ORIGINS by Terri-Lynne Smiles
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"An adept offering of diverse characters engaged in a suspenseful sci-fi storyline that's far from common; might even appeal to an audience outside the sci-fi realm."
In the third book in Smiles' (Choices, 2013, etc.) sci-fi Rothston series, a young and in love college couple deals with family issues, special powers and a secret international organization that may have a sinister agenda. Read full book review >
HUMAN EXPANSION by Steve Holgate
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"An intricate but fun sci-fi romp."
The second volume in Holgate's (Human Trials, 2014) Humankind sci-fi series explores the worlds populated by the descendants of Earth. 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 >