Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"This quirky tale of love and time travel demands that readers totally suspend disbelief to enjoy some of the more contrived plot elements. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
In a stark departure, Brashares, of Traveling Pants fame, returns with a lightning-paced sci-fi time-travel romp that, much like a cinematic blockbuster, offers intrigue, romance and a healthy dose of implausibility. Read full book review >
TURTLE RECALL by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Won't do you much good if you haven't read any of the Discworld books. But then, if you haven't—why haven't you?"
From Pratchett (Dodger's Guide to London, 2014, etc.) and collaborator Briggs: the fourth incarnation of the Discworld Companion, which is essentially an encyclopedia of a fictional world—perhaps the most popular and deservedly acclaimed fantasy creation of them all. Read full book review >

SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Read full book review >
THE KLAATU TERMINUS by Pete Hautman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Stories aren't required to provide answers to the big questions they raise about faith, choice, identity and responsibility, but these deserve better than to be dismissed with an uncaring shrug. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A dazzlingly imaginative science-fiction trilogy, spanning the rise and fall of religions, civilizations and the human race itself, deflates into an oddly pedestrian conclusion. Read full book review >
TOXIC HEART by Theo Lawrence
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"An electric, futuristic fantasy with loads of action, heartbreak and one delicious gold-lamé cat suit. (Urban fantasy/science fiction. 14 & up)"
Averting the vindictive intent of a greedy family while longing for the affection of an absent paramour can give a revolutionary girl heartburn. Read full book review >

ROBOT UPRISINGS by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Philip K. Dick would be proud, in any event. You'll never look at your Roomba the same way again."
Fun fact: According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as of 2010 there were 8.6 million robots in the world. Fun scenario: They're all out to kill us. Read full book review >
STELES OF THE SKY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Considering the trilogy as a whole, the overused term masterpiece justifiably applies."
Wrapping up Bear's complex and beautifully rendered historical-fantasy trilogy (Shattered Pillars, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
SHIPSTAR by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"With the welcome influx of new ideas, a definite improvement on Volume 1."
The promised sequel to Bowl of Heaven (2012), in which a starship containing would-be colonists encounters a vast bowl-shaped construct that's being steered toward the same destination, using an entire star as its engine. Read full book review >
SEASON OF WONDER by Lisa T. Bergren
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dense, if uneven, religious fantasy. (name pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
In a physically and spiritually war-torn post-apocalyptic world, prophesied warriors bring hope. Read full book review >
DARK EDEN by Chris Beckett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Enjoyable but no blockbuster."
Like Daniel F. Galouye's Dark Universe or Jack Vance's The Blue World, Beckett's (The Peacock Cloak, 2013, etc.) newest is a story of survivors in an alien environment who have more or less forgotten their origins. Read full book review >
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Unreservedly recommended."
New fantasy from an author who, as Sarah Monette, wrote the Doctrine of Labyrinth series. Read full book review >
ZOMBIES DON'T SURRENDER by Rusty Fischer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"For readers craving lighter—yet still violent and gory—cannibalistic action with a side of self-discovery. (Horror. 13 & up)"
Life at the supersecret good-zombie headquarters, nicknamed Sentinel City by heroine Maddy, is complicated, unsatisfying and short. Read full book review >