Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

SMOKED by Mari Mancusi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's fire. And dragons. And the end of the world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
No one is immune to sacrifice and revenge, and sometimes even a vegetarian dragon can have a taste for blood. Read full book review >
FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sequel of surprising depth and drama. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Lily faces new trials against the ever enigmatic Lillian, the monstrous Woven, and, to her surprise, her own morality. Read full book review >

SORCERER TO THE CROWN by Zen Cho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A decidedly promising start."
Set in an alternate, magical England during the Napoleonic Wars, Cho's debut novel is at once a comedy of manners and a sharp metacomment concerning racism and misogyny in the fantasy genre. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Impossible to put down. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Having cast off her Celaena identity, Aelin returns to Adarlan to reclaim her crown. Read full book review >
The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Ambitious but not entirely successful, with entertaining moments and promise for more."
In the latest from Bell (Spireseeker, 2013), a dragon scientistand a human witch try to survive political machinations on two separate but related worlds.Read full book review >

THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >
Future Imperfect by M. Scott Chambers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A well-conceived, exciting story that will satisfy those looking for some emotion in their time-travel tales."
A classic time-travel plot gets a modern spin in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Steel Maiden by Kim Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Solid start to a new series, with a heroine engaging enough to distract from less-than-convincing villains and threadbare tropes."
Richardson (Seals, 2015, etc.) threads romance through the hammered steel of her latest creation: the fantasy tale of a young woman with a mysterious gift in a bloody race in which success might be freedom and failure is death.Read full book review >
Mirror World by John Calicchia
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"Despite its heavy-handed titular metaphor, this novel succeeds in injecting fun and adventure into the psychology of self-perception."
In Calicchia's debut YA fantasy novel, two sisters fight to destroy a powerful dark angel with the ability to taint humans' views of themselves. Read full book review >
LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >
The Wallbuilders by Chris Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"An offbeat tale of freedom and duty in a rural totalitarian society."
A dystopian thriller set in a community that has as much in common with Winter's Bone as The Hunger Games.Read full book review >
PRESS START TO PLAY by Daniel H. Wilson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A mixed bag, like many anthologies, but sci-fi fans will find it well worth their while."
An anthology that examines the relationship between video games and storytelling. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >