Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

MEMORTALITY by Stephen Provost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An adventure that's slow to get started, but its otherworldly aspects help it to race to its conclusion."
Provost (Fresno Growing Up, 2015, etc.) delivers a novel of supernatural suspense about a young woman's ability to shape reality. Read full book review >
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Immersive and engaging, despite some flaws, and destined to capture imaginations. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic, mystery, and love intertwine and invite in this newest take on the "enchanted circus" trope. Read full book review >

SILVER STARS by Michael Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Exhaustive research, immersive storytelling, and emotional depth make for a superlative tale. (glossary, bibliography) (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"You have to wonder why, given Lafferty's manifest talent for humor, she didn't simply play it for laughs. Still, readers easily captivated and not overly concerned with structural dependability will find much to entertain them."
The fantasist author of the hilarious The Shambling Guide to New York City (2013) ventures into science-fiction horror. Read full book review >
THE DARK DAYS PACT by Alison Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"The fantasy/Regency/history mashup readers didn't even know they wanted. (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)"
Following the events of The Dark Days Club (2016), Lady Helen is back, still grappling with propriety and power. Read full book review >

Hammond Flux by Alan Killip
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An often entertaining and timely book that keenly examines the vanishing differences between real and electronic worlds."
Killip (Genie and Other Weird Tales, 2016) offers a sci-fi novel about a journey through uncharted technology. Read full book review >
TORN by Mary Brock Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"While the pacing fails to match the urgency of the central plot, the tale delivers a complex blend of ecological sci-fi and political thriller."
Two eco-engineers trying to save their planet from environmental disaster discover their employer may possess a hidden agenda in this first installment of a series. Read full book review >
THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The imaginative worldbuilding and magic system overshadow the plot, and the reader may need a flowchart to track the cast, but Brust and White offer a frequently poignant take on the question of whether power conveys authority."
A group of secretive immortals are thrown into turmoil by the murder of one of their own in Brust and White's sequel to The Incrementalists (2013). Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S DRAGON by Jason F. Boggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An expansive but overlong sci-fi epic."
A young soldier begins to question the powers he serves in Boggs' sci-fi debut, the first of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
LATIN@ RISING by Matthew David Goodwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"An uneven anthology that nevertheless contains some fascinatingly thought-provoking stories."
In an anthology of stories by Latino and Latina authors based in the United States, Goodwin presents a diverse group of voices working in the realm of speculative fiction. Read full book review >
EMPIRE GAMES by Charles Stross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An absorbing but ultimately underwhelming yarn that patiently builds on existing foundations without venturing a conclusion or even a cliffhanger."
Espionage and Cold War paranoia prevail as near-future governments in alternate timelines test one another's defenses and capabilities in this opening installment of a science-fiction trilogy and sequel to the six-volume Merchant Princes series (The Trade of Queens, 2010, etc.) Read full book review >
MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Reading far more like a book for young teenagers than one with a strictly adult audience, this easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."
Vaughn (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014, etc.) offers a stand-alone that finds a Martian colonist struggling to adapt to life on Earth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >