Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

THE LIZARD PRINCESS by Tod Davies
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"If handed to exactly the right reader at the right time, this has the potentially to be revelatory, even life-changing; but most will find it baffling, irritating, or deadly dull. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A philosophy lecture disguised as a fairy tale, this third series entry both recapitulates and reinterprets the previous titles (Snotty Saves the Day, 2011; Lily the Silent, 2012).Read full book review >
BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"One seriously annoying flaw detracts from what otherwise is a stellar performance."
Elliott (Cold Steel, 2013 etc.) kicks off an intriguing new fantasy trilogy with—what else?—a doorstopper.Read full book review >

Argent by Zane Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"A lively sci-fi action-adventure that should appeal to teenagers."
Three amnesiac Earth youths with inexplicable superpowers join refugee Kirin on her war-torn world in a conflict that threatens to engulf the galaxy. Read full book review >
Nog: A Christmas Muse by Roger McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2015

"A rambunctious, albeit protracted, fantasy tale."
Debut author McManus offers a novel about a muse's quest to continue after the death of the human he inspired. Read full book review >
WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure (the first in a planned series) and its strong, dynamic heroine."
A fantasy set in a Wild West populated by plenty of vicious monsters—and one unwilling heroine. Read full book review >

OUR LADY OF THE ICE by Cassandra Rose Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An ambitious novel set in a richly imagined world but impeded by its glacial pace."
A sci-fi mystery involving robots and revolutionaries. Read full book review >
Azure Luck by Jethro Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Die-hard fantasy fans will probably enjoy this uneven tale more than general readers."
A sword-and-sorcery novel that features alternative universes, characters in medieval-esque garb, magic, and heroic, cataclysmic struggles. Read full book review >
A Charm for Draius by Laura E. Reeve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A lavish blend of urban crime and high fantasy."
Reeve (Pathfinder, 2010, etc.) begins a new fantasy series in which the defenders of magic must flush out a sect of necromancers. Read full book review >
Brink of Dawn by Jeff Altabef
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2015

"This second book will inspire those unfamiliar with the first to seek it out."
A young Native American girl and her friends, all of whom possess superhuman abilities, must stop an alien plot to take over Earth in the second book by the father-daughter team of Jeff and Erynn Altabef (Wind Catcher, 2015). Read full book review >
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
In the wake of an interstellar incident, a post-mortem dossier comprising interview transcripts, memos, instant-messaging transcripts, diary entries, and more is assembled in this mammoth series opener. Read full book review >
DEPARTURE by A. G. Riddle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"This sci-fi mystery starts strong, but the tangled plot that follows ultimately fails to satisfy."
Survivors of an unusual plane crash race to understand a strange new world. Read full book review >
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds."
Valente imagines an alternate solar system and sends her heroine, a filmmaker, to Venus, where she disappears. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >