Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

Telepath by Janet Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2016

"A fresh, nuanced examination of the human desire to define itself in the face of societal norms."
This sci-fi coming-of-age story finds young adults struggling against being complacent workers in a hive society. Read full book review >
AN OTHER PLACE by Darren Dash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2016

"An often baffling tale, but its protagonist's wry commentary is undeniably entertaining."
In Dash's (Sunburn, 2015, etc.) sci-fi outing, a man finds himself in a bizarre city filled with emotionless, robotic drones and people with fluctuating memories. Read full book review >

GEMINA by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An action-packed thrill ride and stellar head trip. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Continuing Illuminae's (2015) story, Kaufman and Kristoff explore what went down on Jump Station Heimdall while the spaceship Hypatia was trying to get there. Read full book review >
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Cast's fans should find much to be pleased with in this new venture. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The lives of three disparate young people collide in this post-apocalyptic fantasy. Read full book review >
THE TOURIST by Robert Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Echoes of Bradbury and Orwell, in the service of a crackerjack conspiracy plot; a seductively intriguing work of speculative fiction."
Welcome to the 21st century. Please don't feed the natives. Read full book review >

Reliant's: Price by Stephen Logsdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The author wisely expands his fictional and increasingly riveting futuristic universe, with room to grow."
A survivor of the first encounter with aliens in 2164 spearheads a mission to rescue a hijacked civilian ship and crew from an ostensibly aggressive species in this sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
DARKNESS AND LIGHT by Kyle Hoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2016

"A more polished and entertaining second installment covers much of the same ground as the first."
In the second of Hoy's (Darkness and Light: Rise of the Omans, 2015) fantasy series, humans may hold the key to the survival of powerful beings from another world.Read full book review >
GOLDENHAND by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
At long last, fantasy master Nix returns to the story of Lirael. Read full book review >
BOUND BY BLOOD AND SAND by Becky Allen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Ferocious and intelligent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In this intriguing epic fantasy, the magic used to control limited resources eventually corrupts the social order as well. Read full book review >
TREACHERY'S TOOLS  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Breaks little new ground, but a solid, involving entry in a worthwhile, occasionally outstanding series."
Tenth (Madness in Solidar, 2015, etc.) in the Imager series: think an early modern France where magic, or "imaging," requires precise visualization of technique and result. We pick up the previous timeline 13 years later. Read full book review >
AHSOKA by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A great treat for young—and not-so-young—Star Wars fans that provides a thrilling back story for a compelling character. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Ahsoka Tano is a Jedi on the run. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY OCTOBER by Diana Wagman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Offbeat while also incorporating themes of tolerance, October's tale will have readers rooting for her every step of the way. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
An ordinary girl, an unquenchable itch, a bizarre, spontaneously appearing flower-shaped ankle tattoo—and suddenly, four days before October Fetterhoff's 18th birthday, she begins to change. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >