Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

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 >
DECEPTIONS by Linda Armstrong Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Shifting alliances, mercurial villains, and multiple retellings of ancient tales make the details hard to follow but rewarding to catch."
In the third book of the Cainsville series (Visions, 2014, etc.), Olivia Taylor-Jones is at the apex of a love triangle while magic forces tug at her from both sides. Read full book review >

ZER0ES by Chuck  Wendig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An action-packed yet cerebral thriller that lives in that murky nexus between today and the future."
A group of co-opted hackers discovers a secret government experiment gone terribly wrong. Read full book review >
NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Another fine effort from Belcher, ripped from a dark, dark place."
Belcher takes a break from occult Westerns (Shotgun Arcana, 2014, etc.) with this blood-soaked contemporary urban fantasy featuring a gray-hat protagonist cut from the mold of John Constantine and Sandman Slim.Read full book review >
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A run-of-the-mill story in a beautifully drawn fantasy world."
An orphan discovers her royal roots in the first book of Oomerbhoy's debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
Blue Ink by David Liang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A promising compilation from a new talent."
A fantastic collection of sci-fi/fantasy flash fiction. Read full book review >
The Books of the Kings by Jay Effemm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"Slow, highly political fantasy."
In Effemm's debut novel, King Hhalon of Genan is driven to choices that bring danger to his reign. Read full book review >
ANCIENT APPETITES by Oisín McGann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A slow story of a dysfunctional dynasty with little plot but a lot of plotting. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Internecine squabbles fill this first book in a series. Read full book review >
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Swanwick's approaching top form, and this one's just too good to miss."
A new entry in Swanwick's picaresque post-apocalyptic series, following Dancing with Bears (2011) and various short stories.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 >