Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE WHISPERING SWARM by Michael Moorcock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This first book in a planned trilogy requires, but also rewards, patient readers and holds out plenty of promise for its sequels."
A semiautobiographical, semifantastical adventure by a legendary author, set in both real and imagined Londons. Read full book review >
GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both—fantasy, the future and quasi-historicism."
Brown presents the second installment of his epic science-fiction trilogy, and like the first (Red Rising, 2014), it's chock-full of interpersonal tension, class conflict and violence.Read full book review >

JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIRROR by T.R. Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Worth a try for fans of the genre, but start with Book 1, Journey into the Flame."
The unexciting middle installment in the author's Rising World trilogy. Read full book review >
ORIGINATOR by Joel Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A grand saga, though not recommended for newcomers, the implicit assumption being that you're familiar with both the characters and the background."
Sixth installment (Operation Shield, 2014, etc.) in Shepherd's ferocious, far-future, multilateral power struggle.Read full book review >
MONKEY WARS by Richard Kurti
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Powerful and disturbing. (Animal fantasy. 14 & up)"
A real-life conflict between rival monkey species in Kolkata becomes a dark, violent fable of totalitarianism and resistance. Read full book review >

WILLOWGROVE by Kathleen Peacock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"The back story is complicated enough that only dedicated fans of the first two titles will want to tackle this one. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Peacock brings her Hemlock werewolf trilogy to an appropriately bloody conclusion. Read full book review >
FROSTFIRE by Amanda Hocking
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Good for fans of romance and the genre. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A Trylle Trilogy spinoff features new beautiful trolls from a different tribe—the Kanin. Read full book review >
THE GALAXY GAME by Karen Lord
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Lord is at her best describing vividly alien bioformed landscapes and exploring subtle differences among uneasily allied cultures. But this novel, with its tentacled narrative structure and many references to previous events, is not the best entry to her world."
World Fantasy Award finalist Lord (The Best of All Possible Worlds, 2013, etc.) offers a complex coming-of-age story about negotiating competing loyalties. Read full book review >
KING OF THE CRACKSMEN by Dennis O'Flaherty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"As Liam remarks: 'That ought to ginger them up.' He could be referring to readers of this rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane opener."
A New York safecracker forcibly turned secret agent takes on his corrupt bosses in this broad and brawling debut. Read full book review >
GIDEON by Alex Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This novel will thoroughly satisfy readers looking for suspense, horror and a grisly good time."
A seductive work of paranormal horror that will draw readers into its cold and gloomy world. Read full book review >
THE JUST CITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"This is novel as study guide: Mary Renault meets undergraduate Philosophy 101."
What happens when the goddess Athene tries to establish Plato's Republic on Atlantis, populated with a few hundred philosophers plucked from 2,500 years of history, more than 10,000 manumitted slave children and a handful of robot workers? Read full book review >
THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"The cringe-worthy romantic setup chafes, but on the plus side, this soft science fiction offers intense, nongratuitous bloodshed, corporate conspiracy and intriguing explorations of culpability. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
It's not exactly a meet-cute. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >