Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. 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 >

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 >
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 >
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
JERICHO by Alex Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"This book isn't as strong as the first in the series, but it's a quick and enjoyable read."
The past won't stay buried in this supernatural horror story. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >