Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

THE EYE OF ZOLTAR by Jasper Fforde
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Well-plotted, intelligent hilarity. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Jennifer Strange's latest adventure isn't a quest, but that's only because quests require approval from the Questing Federation. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF LIFE AND DEATH by Rebecca Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Still, Alexander creates an agreeably spooky atmosphere of impenetrable forests and blood lust, with no obvious howlers in the historical sections (unless you count those wolves)."
Despite its portentous title, this debut novel is neither a lost work by Tolstoy nor an ironic hipster comedy, but an occult thriller aimed at readers not yet sick to undeath of vampires. In case there aren't any of those left, Alexander mixes in three or four other popular genres: historical fiction, serial-killer mystery, hints of zombies and touches of romance. Read full book review >

THE INVISIBLE by Amelia Kahaney
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers unfamiliar with the series will quickly track down the first volume, while the rest will be hounding Kahaney for the next one. (Sciencefiction. 13 & up)"
Anthem Fleet, the ballerina-turned-superhero, is back in this sequel, performing fewer pliés and more kickbox moves. Read full book review >
THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A must for fans of Kristin Cashore's Fire (2009) and other totally immersive fantasies. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A new series—fantasy, this time—from the author of the best-selling Legend dystopia. Read full book review >
A VISION OF FIRE by Gillian  Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Still, with that celebrity name on the cover, anything's possible."
It's no surprise that the first novel, and first of a projected series, from actress Anderson (The X-Files, etc.) and collaborator Rovin (Conversations With the Devil, 2007, etc.) comes with a strong X-Files tang. Read full book review >

POISON FRUIT by Jacqueline Carey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"What more could series addicts ask?"
Third in Carey's supernatural urban fantasy series (Autumn Bones, 2013, etc.) set in Pemkowet, a small resort town on the shores of Lake Michigan.
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ANCILLARY SWORD by Ann Leckie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Perhaps something of a retread but still interesting and worth following to its conclusion.
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Leckie proves she's no mere flash in the pan with this follow-up to her multiaward-winning debut space opera, Ancillary Justice (2013). Read full book review >
THE DARK DEFILES by Richard K. Morgan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"So, the flab and the contrivances are minor flaws in a finale that displays all the purposefully hard edges and grim magnificence that made the first two volumes stand out."
Final installment of Morgan's bleak fantasy/far-future science-fiction trilogy (The Cold Commands, 2011, etc.).Read full book review >
FALLING SKY by Rajan Khanna
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"It's post-apocalypse as Western, only done first and better in Firefly. A fast and mindless adventure story adding little that's new or exciting to the genre."
Blogger and short story writer Khanna turns his sights to the skies in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE SHOTGUN ARCANA by R.S. Belcher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"On to the next apocalypse!"
An 1870s Western town suffers a fresh assault of eldritch threats in this compelling and action-packed sequel to The Six-Gun Tarot (2013).Read full book review >
WE ARE NOT GOOD PEOPLE by Jeff Somers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An action-filled urban fantasy that offers absorbing storytelling in a gritty atmosphere of crime and a merciless, often ugly, magic built on violence."
In this hefty and insistently entertaining novel, Somers (Chum, 2013, etc.) creates a world of seedy urban crime that develops into a violent epic with the help of an intriguingly bloody magic system.Read full book review >
SCARLET TIDES by David Hair
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"So it has, and fans of the series will be eager to see what comes next."
"The windship flotilla has already left for Hebusalim." The ship may have sailed and the sheets may be a little slack, but that doesn't keep Gurvon Gyle, Ramita Ankesharan and company from coming back for more swords and sorcery in Hair's latest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >