Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

The Rings of Elpída by Dylan Huntington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"Steers clear of the traditional visually rich sci-fi style, but is so strong in concept that it's bound to linger in readers' minds."
In the author's debut sci-fi novel, inhabiting another planet with intelligent life may be the solution for saving humanity, if a small group of university students can survive. Read full book review >
BETRAYAL OF DESTINY by J. Seab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"A fantasy tale that offers some intriguing characters and plotlines but lacks a strong central focus to tie them all together.  "
In the land of Etus, disparate heroes and rogues embark on separate adventures that alter the course of their destinies in Seab's debut dystopian fantasy novel. Read full book review >

INTO THE FRAY by Aderyn Lonigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"An ambitious, daring love story set in a standard fantasy plot that has yet to reach epic heights."
A debut novel, the first in a planned series, which seamlessly weds the love story of two women to a traditional fantasy tale. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR AND THE DINOSAURS by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Delightful—a potential blockbuster lacking only a hearty plot to match the highly impressive personalities and setting."
Another of Resnick's Weird West fantasy yarns (The Buntline Special, 2010, etc.) starring consumptive dentist/sharpshooter Doc Holliday and an eye-popping selection of other historical characters. Read full book review >
KALEIDOCIDE by Dave Swavely
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A less than riveting sequel."
In this sequel to Silhouette (2012), Michael Ares, the boss of Bay Area Security Service, the private corporation that runs the independent, post-disaster San Francisco Bay area, faces a prolonged series of assassination attempts. Read full book review >

YEAR'S BEST SF 18 by David G. Hartwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Almost uniformly excellent—but then when was an anthology from Hartwell ever less?"
Award-winning editor/anthologist Hartwell rounds up a sparkling selection of science-fiction stories from 2012. Read full book review >
THE NEW KING by Martin McAlear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

In the authors' debut medieval fantasy, a newly established kingdom finds that it isn't immune to the machinations of rival leaders. Read full book review >
APEX PREDATOR by Kelvin Kwa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"A thriller with the speed and precision of a tightly edited action film, headlined by a colossal monster that could give the kraken a run for its money."
Chinese soldiers and Navy SEALs race to retrieve a fallen satellite in the Arctic Circle only to discover a common enemy in a gigantic sea creature in Kwa's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
INFINITE DIMENSIONS by J.A. Sebastin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2013

"Pops with the liveliness of a young boy's imagination but often lacks the sharper narrative focus to make sense of it all."
Debut sci-fi of sorts, spanning multiple dimensions and topics. Read full book review >
THE BURNING CITY by Seth Parham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 5, 2013

"Flashes of brilliance don't save this heroic journey."
A fantasy yarn with swords, magic and an ancient beast that threatens humanity. Read full book review >
SOMETHING MORE THAN NIGHT by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Superlatives seem superfluous. Instead...wow. Just—wow."
New, independent fantasy from the author of the fine Milkweed Triptych (Necessary Evil, 2013, etc.)—and it's a doozy. Read full book review >
A DANCE OF MIRRORS by David Dalglish
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Retains the attention for now, but it would be great if the author explored other issues in subsequent volumes."
In the third installment of a blood-soaked political fantasy series (A Dance of Cloaks, 2013; A Dance of Blades, 2013), the carnage moves from the capital city of Veldaren to bustling, corrupt Angelport. Read full book review >