Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Erin Claiborne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A smart, funny and emotionally engaging tale perfect for any reader who longs for another train ride to Hogwarts. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Destined to destroy the evil overlord, the chosen one adjusts to a disappointing life after his friend does the job instead. Read full book review >
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed."
Strange and fascinating alien-contact yarn, the first of a trilogy from China's most celebrated science-fiction author. Read full book review >

GRAIL KNIGHT by Angus Donald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A fine escape for lovers of blood and gore from days of yore."
The fifth book in The Outlaw Chronicles (Warlord, 2013, etc.) concludes Robin Hood's quest for the Holy Grail with an unholy trail of blood and a damn good story.Read full book review >
MORTAL HEART by Robin LaFevers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Although much of this book's gravity and richness is carried forward from the first two, devotees of His Fair Assassin will be gratified to receive this closure, especially on the political front. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The glorious series about convent-trained assassins concludes, reframing a main character in ways that shift the meaning of the whole series. Read full book review >
CRASHLAND by Sean Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Despite confusing pacing, the implications and moral questions raised by the technology give the story weight. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The fallout from Twinmaker (2013) and Clair's role in the hugely disruptive shutdown of teleportation technology put her in even more danger than before.Read full book review >

GENESIS CODE by Jamie Metzl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the 'truth' are all inseparably bound together."
An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller addresses up-to-the-minute political currents as seen from a short time in the future. Read full book review >
THE LAST MILE by Blair Richmond
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"One (OK, three) of a kind for readers who prefer their fantasy tinted green, with fangs that sink into grains, not veins. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The trilogy that introduced vegan vampires (don't call them "sapsuckers"), passionately environmentalist thespians and the southern Oregon town they call home (well, actually they call it Lithia) comes to an end here, and not a moment too soon. Read full book review >
THE BURDEN OF MEMORY by Welcome Cole
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"A weird, wonderful installment of a fantasy saga that's inching toward greatness."
This sequel to Cole's (Henry's Re-entry, 2014, etc.) epic fantasy The Pleasure of Memory (2013) sees disparate members of an ancient order preparing for battle against a villainous fire mage. Read full book review >
CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that's unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas—it's the joyful flip side of Feed. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Intrasolar cadet Tom Raines helps bring the Insignia trilogy to an appropriately explosive conclusion. Read full book review >
PRINCE LESTAT by Anne Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Rice fans probably need not fear a drought of her thirst-quenching tales, then. As for this one, it's trademark Rice: talky, inconsequential, but good old-fashioned fanged fun."
Armand, Seth, Akasha and, of course, Lestat de Lioncourt are back with a vengeance—and, natch, they're looking to put the bite on someone. Read full book review >
BLACK DOG by Caitlin Kittredge
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A fast-paced read perfect for lovers of dark fantasy that ultimately raises more questions than it answers."
The first book in a new series by Kittredge (Dark Days, 2013, etc.) is the tale of Ava, a girl-turned-hellhound who is convinced to rebel against her abusive master by a necromancer who has an agenda of his own.Read full book review >
ATLANTIA by Ally Condie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As cool as a submerged city and teen siren are, too many physical details are missing and too many emotional details forced. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The author of the Matched Trilogy dives deep for her next story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >