Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

ARCANUM UNBOUNDED by Brandon Sanderson
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"There are some standout stories here, but overall, it's more of a treat for superfans than a way for casual readers to dip into Sanderson's work."
A sprawling collection of mini-epic fantasies from genre stalwart Sanderson (The Bands of Mourning, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. Read full book review >

THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
MINIATURES by John Scalzi
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing."
Scalzi has said that his two writing strengths are his novels (The End of All Things, 2015, etc.) and his very short fiction; this slim offering showcases the latter. Read full book review >

RECLUCE TALES by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Don't expect great significance everywhere—some of the pieces are no more than vignettes—but Modesitt is excellent company, and the more familiar you are with the series, the richer these stories will seem."
A collection of 17 new and three reprinted stories plus an essay, weaving among the prolific Modesitt's impressive 18-book (and counting) fantasy Saga of Recluse (Heritage of Cyador, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love. Read full book review >
MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Reading far more like a book for young teenagers than one with a strictly adult audience, this easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."
Vaughn (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014, etc.) offers a stand-alone that finds a Martian colonist struggling to adapt to life on Earth. Read full book review >
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Immersive and engaging, despite some flaws, and destined to capture imaginations. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic, mystery, and love intertwine and invite in this newest take on the "enchanted circus" trope. Read full book review >
SILVER STARS by Michael Grant
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Exhaustive research, immersive storytelling, and emotional depth make for a superlative tale. (glossary, bibliography) (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
Outland Exile by Clark Boutwell
Released: Oct. 21, 2045

"An engrossing, imaginative dystopian thriller."
Boutwell tells the story of a young soldier navigating the chasm between two opposing societies in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >