Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

A TANGLE OF GOLD by Jaclyn Moriarty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"Colorful and madcap, a veritable 'whirlshine' of sparkle, with a side of tears: deeply satisfying, perfectly ended. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A grand finale to a grand adventure, complete with truly startling revelations. Read full book review >
A Keeper's Truth by Dee Willson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A sensual novel about a painter, sparkling with mythological details."
In this debut romantic fantasy, a widow tries to choose between a family man and a globe-trotting teacher, unaware that an ancient predator stalks her. Read full book review >

TELL THE WIND AND FIRE by Sarah Rees  Brennan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 5, 2016

"This respectful and occasionally clever homage may be most appreciated by those least familiar with the original. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"It was the best of times until it was the worst of times" in a fantastical Tale of Two Cities.Read full book review >
THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 5, 2016

"A historical-hodgepodge guilty pleasure. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A runaway countess escapes an arranged marriage through a business that brings brides to the most eligible bachelors of the New World of Adoria. Read full book review >
ARENA by Holly Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2016

"Game over, man. Game over."
A video game that inflicts real pain on its players—what could possibly go wrong? In this debut novel, quite a lot. Read full book review >

THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK! by Manuel Gonzales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A surprisingly erudite bit of sci-fi that throws in everything but the kitchen sink."
A clash of swords, spells, and wills erupts in an upper Manhattan office building under assault by well-armed mercenaries. Read full book review >
A SHADOW ALL OF LIGHT by Fred Chappell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"Given Chappell's stellar reputation as a fantasist, more than a little disappointing, although readers who enjoyed the magazine stories will dive right in."
A picaresque, Italianate shadow-magic story sequence—several elements of which have previously appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine—from poet and fantasist Chappell (Dagon, 1968, etc.).Read full book review >
FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016

"A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Chima revisits the Seven Realms for the next generation of warfare, intrigue, romance, and magic. Read full book review >
JOIN by Steve Toutonghi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"A promising debut that aims high and doesn't quite get there, this one will appeal most to hard-core sci-fi fans who crave new ideas."
A heady sci-fi thriller about a world-altering technology—and its hidden costs. Read full book review >
NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Readers invested in the series will want to follow Finn on her latest adventure, but this book will likely appeal to fans only."
Teenagers face down supernatural dangers in this moody faerie-tale drama. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 7, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. 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 >