Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

CHIMERA by Mira Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers will feel brain-dead themselves after slogging through this deadly dull saga."
Grant's tapeworm trilogy concludes with an all-out war. Read full book review >
The Midnight Land by E.P. Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A bold beginning to a series that explores gender, empathy, and the frozen north."
Clark's (The Midnight Land: Part Two: The Gift, 2015) fantasy novel, the first in a series, takes place in an alternate-history version of Russia where women rule and wood spirits lurk among the fir trees. Read full book review >

Out of the Blue Valise by Mari Gayatri Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A delightful jumble of jungle creatures, two-legged and four-legged alike."
Hippos shrink, zebras speak French, and love heals all wounds in Stein's debut novel. Read full book review >
Maya Rising by Melissa Roen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A vividly imagined but dark dystopian fantasy complete with passionate romance and dangerous alliances."
An intrepid pair has survived the apocalypse, but the worst is yet to come in Roen's sequel to Last Call for Caviar (2013). Read full book review >
DEATH WAVE by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Not the best entry in this long and uneven series, but regulars won't want to give up the habit now."
Sequel to New Earth (2013), in which humans explored a planet orbiting the star Sirius that turned out to be inhabited. By human-aliens.Read full book review >

THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN by Michael Livingston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A satisfyingly supernatural back story for the all-too-real final war of the Roman Republic."
Titans of Roman history grapple for control of an empire with the aid of a mystical weapon in this debut historical fantasy novel from Livingston. Read full book review >
SKYBORN by David Dalglish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Assertive Bree and uncertain Kael are likable teenagers, but their trials and triumphs are so predictable that it's hard to care about them, the carnage they inflict, or the civilization they protect."
Twins Breanna and Kael Skyborn live in a hierarchical, corrupt civilization, comprised of six holy islands, aloft above the Endless Ocean. Read full book review >
Y NEGATIVE by Kelly Haworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A clunky dystopian novel that tries to tell a story about love defying prejudice but fails to imagine it with any believability."
In her debut novel, Haworth creates a post-apocalyptic America where gender prejudice rules society. Read full book review >
Chaos Theory by Colin Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"Readers will likely be sorry to see this book (and the world) come to a conclusion."
It's the end of the world as we know it in this fine Dr. Strangelove-ian satire about the mad search for a doomsday device.Read full book review >
The Habitant by P. L. Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"Not a typical ghost story but a young woman learning about love, camaraderie, and self-identity —and possibly a spirit."
A college freshman's job at the campus library comes with new eccentric friends, creepy strangers, and perhaps a ghost in this debut supernatural tale. Read full book review >
Dawn of Modern Man by N.J. Plastino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An imaginative, though sometimes-overdetailed, sci-fi adventure with its share of futuristic enticements."
From debut author Plastino, a sci-fi novel about life in a virtual world known as the Cloud. Read full book review >
SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Readers hoping for non-Western fantasy alternatives need to look elsewhere. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Bestselling teen author Mead weaves Chinese folklore, themes of family, courage, and loyalty, plus her signature romance into her first stand-alone fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >