Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

SKINNER LUCE by Patricia Ward
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"High-caliber, often engrossing literary sci-fi."
Ward (The Bullet Collection, 2003) offers a tale of a woman discovering her alien origins.Read full book review >
THIS CENSUS-TAKER by China Miéville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A deceptively simple story whose plot could be taken as a symbolic representation of an aspect of humanity as big as an entire society and as small as a single soul."
Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion, 2015, etc.) has two main modes: the pyrotechnics of a puzzle maker and the austere depth of a mythmaker. Brief and dreamlike, his latest novel is in his simpler, stronger style.Read full book review >

Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"While suffering from too many characters and some convoluted plot elements, this novel still offers an exuberant mashup of portal fantasy and chosen-one motifs."
A girl learns about her magical heritage and preordained fate just as an evil wizard threatens to take over an enchanted world in this YA series opener by Drake (Touching Fate, 2015). Read full book review >
KNOCKING ON HEAVEN'S DOOR by Sharman Apt Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"By turns bawdy and bold, Russell shifts between precise, accurate scientific description and sheer absurdity, which renders this ambitious tale of human hubris quite uneven and eventually implausible."
Struck by catastrophes like a fatal supervirus, 23rd-century Earth has become a world of peaceful, nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes living harmoniously in nature alongside telepathic animal clones resuscitated from the Pleistocene era, until an invention created by an unlikely alliance alters the future. Read full book review >
Invasion of the Spirit Snatchers by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A funny, charming tale about a group of Mormons facing the end of the world."
Townsend (Gayrabian Nights, 2014, etc.) uses the apocalypse as a window into the secret lives of Mormons in this satirical novel.Read full book review >

Dark Horde Rising by Iain Hope
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 24, 2015

"Long on imagination and word count; not for the casual fan of fantasy."
From debut author Hope comes an epic fantasy novel about a group of friends, a college of magic, and a time of great disorder. Read full book review >
Mimadamos by Chadi Ghaith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2015

"Wild and meditative, this heady book delivers plenty of ideas, some large, some obvious."
A fantastical debut novel concerns the union of two supernatural entities. Read full book review >
Darkness & Light by Kyle Hoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2015

"A bold myth with solid worldbuilding, hampered by weak characters and a conclusion that's more like likely to irritate than tantalize readers."
A sweeping fantasy epic that combines magic and mysticism with space exploration and high drama, set amid a primal struggle between Darkness and Light. Read full book review >
STAR WARS  by Alan Dean Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"The Force is adequate with this one."
Sci-fi veteran Foster (Star Trek into Darkness, 2013, etc.) returns for the novelization of the latest Star Wars blockbuster.Read full book review >
Royal Progress by Pen Fairchild
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Epic in scope, boasting a vast cast and intricate mythology; the sexual nature might be too much for its intended audience, though."
When a princess suddenly inherits her family's domain, she learns there's more to her ascendancy than meets the eye. Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not a banner year, all in all, but good enough to delight and entertain."
The Nebula Awards 2014 showcase, for works published in 2013. In 2015. At last! Read full book review >
WANDERING STAR by Romina Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A thematically powerful ride. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
While threats still loom after Zodiac (2014), vilified Rho must pick up the pieces.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 >