Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

A, B, C by Samuel R. Delany
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Delany's preface and afterword are substantial and enjoyable; far from being mere treats for the committed fan, they are fascinating in their own rights and offer some of the most interesting writing in the book."
A reissue of Delany's (Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, 2012, etc.) first three novels is accompanied by a new preface and afterword by the author that welcome the reader into the works and offer broader reflections on art, writing, and life.Read full book review >
THE MAP OF CHAOS by Félix J. Palma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"And never mind the loose ends: there's another volume on the way, and we look forward to it."
What lies on the other side of the beyond? Does The Shadow know? Certainly the Invisible Man does, and therein lies a knot in Palma's (The Map of the Sky, 2012, etc.) newest delightful puzzler.Read full book review >

THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW QUEEN by Elizabeth Haydon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"Thematically, an entry that wraps up all the major plotlines in a mostly satisfying fashion, though another installment is promised."
Eighth and penultimate part of Haydon's Symphony of Ages series (The Merchant Emperor, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Second Chronicles of Illumination by C. A. Pack
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"The stakes have never been higher in Pack's inventive epic."
Pack's encore batch of riveting adventures about an interdimensional library system. Read full book review >

The Novel Life of Coral Ambrose by Bonnie Ballou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2015

"A clever genre-hopper that espouses the healing power of books."
In Ballou's debut novel, a troubled bookworm gets her chance to step inside the world of literature. Read full book review >
Kara Richards by C. S. Eubank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2015

"Intrigue abounds, but too much is left to the reader's imagination."
In this fantasy debut, a group of teens prepare for war against the evil magician who killed their parents. Read full book review >
Garbageman by Erik Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2015

"Pure grisly fun."
In this sci-fi debut, a mysterious entity made of trash helps a young man get revenge on a criminal cartel. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
FernMacht by Peter Lobban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2015

"A well-intentioned but meandering novel that could have benefited from a tighter focus."
A man discovers and explores strange powers in Lobban's debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
TO HOLD THE BRIDGE by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"Not a necessary purchase, but a tasty buffet for Nix fans and a comprehensive sampler for new readers. (Fantasy/horror/science-fiction short stories. 12 & up)"
A collection of short speculative fiction showcases a hugely popular author. Read full book review >
THE CLOCKWORK CROWN by Beth Cato
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"A satisfying follow-up that sticks to the comforts of familiar fantasy elements but still offers an entertaining, swiftly moving adventure in the company of Cato's appealing characters."
In a return to the steampunk-flavored world of her first novel, Cato (The Clockwork Dagger, 2014) sends her likable cast of characters on a more tightly written, higher stakes fantasy adventure.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >