Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A post-disaster fairy tale that's light on plot and heavy on improbable coincidences but a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future."
The Big Apple persists, despite climactic disasters that have flooded the lower floors of New York City's buildings and turned the metropolis into a so-called "SuperVenice." Read full book review >
SHADOW RUN by AdriAnne Strickland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 21, 2017

"Readers will want to join Qole's crew. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A hotshot spaceship captain and a corporate space-prince find common enemies and aligning goals. Read full book review >

THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure."
In the first of a new series, brutal politics and pitiless physics threaten an interstellar empire built on trade. Read full book review >
AVENGERS OF THE MOON by Allen Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Had Steele spent as much effort deepening the characters as he does explaining a plasma gun, Captain Future might have a future; as is, this effort flounders in the past."
Captain Future and friends struggle to save the solar system from a separatist plot in a rebooted 1940s pulp science-fiction franchise. Read full book review >
STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A young man and woman dream amid violence's aftermath in this intense series opener. Read full book review >

A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Set in the same Indian-inflected fantasy world as The Star-Touched Queen (2016), Chokshi's sophomore effort examines fear, desire, and ambition as three protagonists compete in the Tournament of Wishes. Read full book review >
Murder by Munchausen by M.T. Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, entertaining, but incomplete sci-fi tale that could use a sequel to tie up several loose ends."
A dark, futuristic thriller features a disgraced police detective who hunts not just a brutal criminal, but also the androids the culprit uses to kill humans. Read full book review >
DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Intelligent and thoughtful, a highly relevant far-off speculative adventure. (Science-fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen soldier teams up with an enemy android to end an interplanetary war. Read full book review >
WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S LEGACY by Deborah A. Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Wolf writes for a big screen: the smaller, human moments struggle for room to breathe."
Characters spread across three continents prepare for war and cataclysm in Wolf's debut novel, the first part of a trilogy. Read full book review >
BRIMSTONE by Cherie Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A tale as amiably warm as the Florida town where it's set but with its promises of real heat fading away before a pat conclusion that ties everything off a bit too neatly."
A young clairvoyant must save herself and her community from the ghosts a war veteran has brought home in Priest's (The Family Plot, 2016, etc.) newest fantasy/horror offering. Read full book review >
COLD WELCOME by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solidly engrossing if unspectacular fare, with greatest appeal to readers who prefer the familiar over the innovative."
After an extended—and impressive—excursion into fantasy, Moon returns to science fiction, picking up her Vatta's War series (Victory Conditions, 2008, etc.) where she left off. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >