Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

The Land of Matta  by Michael Eldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2015

"A fantastical puzzle that may be too difficult to solve.

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Eldred (Capital and Technology, 2015, etc.) presents a fantasy allegory for physics enthusiasts.Read full book review >
THE CAGE by Megan  Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"A riff on a Twilight Zone plot unfolds into a richly drawn alien dystopian replete with romance and horror. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Six teenagers face a life of captivity in an alien-designed human zoo. Read full book review >

SHADOW OF THE WOLF by Tim Hall
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"Imaginative depth and exquisite craft in service to a bleak and brutal muse. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
This grimdark reimagining of the Robin Hood legend, first in a projected trilogy, takes little from its source but the names and setting. Read full book review >
THE WATER KNIFE by Paolo Bacigalupi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"An absorbing, if sometimes ideologically overbearing, thriller full of violent action and depressing visions of a bleakly imagined future."
In his sixth novel, Bacigalupi (The Doubt Factory, 2014, etc.) imagines the vicious conflicts that might arise in a world of severe water scarcity.Read full book review >
PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL by W. Michael Gear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"More historical fantasy than historical fiction."
It's the first millennium, and Viking ships sail to Helluland, Markland, Vinland, and Albania-Land in a never-ending quest of "landnám, the process of land taking...as the gods intended." Read full book review >

TRIAL OF INTENTIONS by Peter Orullian
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 26, 2015

"In sum, more of the same, at even greater length."
Second installment of an overstuffed fantasy series following The Unremembered (2015).Read full book review >
Refuge by Jason K  Macomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2015

"With its overly simplistic approach to good vs. evil, this vampire saga thus far lacks drama and bite."
Alongside the young woman they saved from an attack, a vampire-hunting duo faces off against a gang of bloodsuckers in debut author Macomson's evangelical tale for young adults. Read full book review >
Jump Reactor by Michael Allen  Sales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2015

"An absurdist sci-fi romp."
In Sales' first sci-fi novel in an announced trilogy, a superpowered mutant in the 23rd century trains for his alien-influenced destiny. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S GARDEN by Lance Tuck
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 21, 2015

"A darkly satisfying novel by a writer with an eye for action and unnerving detail."
In Tuck's debut fantasy thriller, a spiritual crisis unfolds involving infernal antagonists. Read full book review >
SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction."
No slim fables or nerdy novellas for Stephenson (Anathem, 2008, etc.): his visions are epic, and he requires whole worlds—and, in this case, solar systems—to accommodate them.Read full book review >
THE HANGED MAN by P.N. Elrod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"With gasp-inducing twists and turns, Alex's adventures in alt-London artfully combine the mysteries of Arthur Conan Doyle with the strange delights of H.G. Wells. A robust and clever breakout novel."
Seers and psychics rule Victorian London in this sharp-witted gaslamp fantasy novel from veteran writer Elrod (The Vampire Files, Volume 5, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
WHEN THE HEAVENS FALL by Marc Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015

"A splendid launch. Turner's unquestionably a newcomer to watch."
Gods, zombies, kings, wizards, and death-magic battle to the, well, death in a story that's sparked more by its denizens and their deeds than its standard fantasy backdrop. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >