Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

Posh Bytes by C. Rose
Released: Dec. 5, 2015

"An engaging sci-fi dystopia of the drop-dead gorgeous."
Seven tenuously linked short stories set in a futuristic society in which advanced technology perpetuates illusions of physical beauty and youth. Read full book review >
HAWTHORN by Carol Goodman
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A satisfying end to an epic trilogy. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Having just recently saved Blythewood School for Girls from the evil Shadow Master Judicus van Drood, Avaline Hall is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying her senior year. As if. Read full book review >

A DAUGHTER OF NO NATION by A.M.  Dellamonica
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Fans of Stormwrack will welcome another chance to set sail with Sophie."
A fantasy adventure set in a seafaring world full of tall ships and political intrigue. Read full book review >
THE RISING by Ian Tregillis
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Part 3 can't come too soon."
War overshadows this second volume of an alternate-world trilogy (The Mechanical, 2015) set a few hundred years after the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens blended clockwork and alchemy to create the robotic Clakkers.Read full book review >
Fractures by Will James
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"A beautiful dose of carnal mayhem set in Purgatory."
This debut fantasy thriller finds an assassin taken out of the killing game only to be thrust into a surreal plot to dethrone a deity. Read full book review >

Killing Juggernaut by Jared Bernard
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite an overall lack of focus, Bernard's tale still manages to retain a mournful, prophetic power."
It's the end of the world as we know it, and nobody feels fine in Bernard's debut portrayal of humanity's end. Read full book review >
CHIMERA by Mira Grant
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers will feel brain-dead themselves after slogging through this deadly dull saga."
Grant's tapeworm trilogy concludes with an all-out war. Read full book review >
Out of the Blue Valise by Mari Gayatri Stein
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A delightful jumble of jungle creatures, two-legged and four-legged alike."
Hippos shrink, zebras speak French, and love heals all wounds in Stein's debut novel. Read full book review >
DEATH WAVE by Ben Bova
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Not the best entry in this long and uneven series, but regulars won't want to give up the habit now."
Sequel to New Earth (2013), in which humans explored a planet orbiting the star Sirius that turned out to be inhabited. By human-aliens.Read full book review >
THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN by Michael Livingston
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A satisfyingly supernatural back story for the all-too-real final war of the Roman Republic."
Titans of Roman history grapple for control of an empire with the aid of a mystical weapon in this debut historical fantasy novel from Livingston. Read full book review >
SKYBORN by David Dalglish
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Assertive Bree and uncertain Kael are likable teenagers, but their trials and triumphs are so predictable that it's hard to care about them, the carnage they inflict, or the civilization they protect."
Twins Breanna and Kael Skyborn live in a hierarchical, corrupt civilization, comprised of six holy islands, aloft above the Endless Ocean. Read full book review >
Y NEGATIVE by Kelly Haworth
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A clunky dystopian novel that tries to tell a story about love defying prejudice but fails to imagine it with any believability."
In her debut novel, Haworth creates a post-apocalyptic America where gender prejudice rules society. 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 >