Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

MYSTIC by Jason Denzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The best that one can say of this hackneyed, amateurish effort is that it lacks the bloat of many of its compatriots and is soon over."
The founder of a popular fan website for the bestselling Wheel of Time fantasy series takes his own stab at the genre. Read full book review >
WEIGHING SHADOWS by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Lovely, disturbing, and intriguing in spots but ultimately, just not enough."
Goldstein takes a break from fantasy (The Uncertain Places, 2011, etc.) and returns to science fiction with this brief tale of a corporation seeking to diminish the role of women in society by altering the timeline.Read full book review >

MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A small idea stretched until it snaps."
Raymond Chandler meets Astounding in this pulpy, hard-boiled detective pastiche, the first of a trilogy by the author of The Empire State and The Spider Wars series (The Machine Awakes, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A YA adventure with ethereal prose and appealing characters."
In Dunn's YA sci-fi debut, set in a world where people can see glimpses of future events, one teenager sees a vision of herself killing her little sister. Read full book review >
Unsung Heroes by Kyle Gurkovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A well-written, high-spirited time-travel novel that offers some thrills but fails to deliver anything startlingly new to the genre."
A Celt from the 10th century C.E. embarks on a quest through time in Gurkovich's debut book, an energetic fantasy adventure. Read full book review >

THE LIZARD PRINCESS by Tod Davies
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"If handed to exactly the right reader at the right time, this has the potentially to be revelatory, even life-changing; but most will find it baffling, irritating, or deadly dull. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A philosophy lecture disguised as a fairy tale, this third series entry both recapitulates and reinterprets the previous titles (Snotty Saves the Day, 2011; Lily the Silent, 2012).Read full book review >
BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"One seriously annoying flaw detracts from what otherwise is a stellar performance."
Elliott (Cold Steel, 2013 etc.) kicks off an intriguing new fantasy trilogy with—what else?—a doorstopper.Read full book review >
Argent by Zane Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2015

"A lively sci-fi action-adventure that should appeal to teenagers."
Three amnesiac Earth youths with inexplicable superpowers join refugee Kirin on her war-torn world in a conflict that threatens to engulf the galaxy. Read full book review >
Nog: A Christmas Muse by Roger McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 2015

"A rambunctious, albeit protracted, fantasy tale."
Debut author McManus offers a novel about a muse's quest to continue after the death of the human he inspired. Read full book review >
WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure (the first in a planned series) and its strong, dynamic heroine."
A fantasy set in a Wild West populated by plenty of vicious monsters—and one unwilling heroine. Read full book review >
OUR LADY OF THE ICE by Cassandra Rose Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An ambitious novel set in a richly imagined world but impeded by its glacial pace."
A sci-fi mystery involving robots and revolutionaries. Read full book review >
Brink of Dawn by Jeff Altabef
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 25, 2015

"This second book will inspire those unfamiliar with the first to seek it out."
A young Native American girl and her friends, all of whom possess superhuman abilities, must stop an alien plot to take over Earth in the second book by the father-daughter team of Jeff and Erynn Altabef (Wind Catcher, 2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >