Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE HYSTERY APP by V T Davy
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Could use more wonder but otherwise an impressively conceived story with true weight."
A lesbian couple accidentally creates an extremely unique app in Davy's (A Very Civil Wedding, 2014, etc.) darkly satirical sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world."
In the last days of modern civilization, a young orphan from Boston makes her way across the dangerous wastelands of America. Read full book review >

FORTUNE'S BLIGHT by Evie Manieri
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Fans of the first volume should find it absorbing and rewarding enough.
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Second in the Shattered Kingdoms series, following Blood's Pride (2013).
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HALF THE WORLD by Joe Abercrombie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Superior in nearly all respects, just lacking that authentic spark of true originality."
The second, independently intelligible, entry in the Shattered Sea trilogy, following Half a King (2014).Read full book review >
EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >

THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The ideas—extreme control of women and their sexuality—are more successful than the story's execution. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl raised free in the wild struggles to escape the fate of city girls—being auctioned for breeding. Read full book review >
FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"But readers who crave characters with rich, fully inhabited emotional lives should look elsewhere."
A fast-paced fantasy mystery set in a mostly well-realized world stuffed with magical eccentricities. Read full book review >
RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An inventive, character-driven twist breathes new life into tired fantasy trends. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Amid a war and rising civil unrest, a young thief discovers the shocking power within her that sparks a revolution. Read full book review >
RIGHTEOUS FURY by Markus Heitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Fine for fans of the Dwarves series; others may be in for an uncomfortable visit."
From the author of the best-selling Dwarves series (The Fate of the Dwarves, 2008, etc.), a new venture retelling substantially the same story but from a radically different point of view; it first appeared in Germany in 2009. Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC by Brian McClellan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A slam-bang conclusion to an outstanding trilogy."
Final part of the Powder Mage trilogy (The Crimson Campaign, 2014, etc.) about—well, mix the American Revolution with the Civil War, stir in gods, magic, power politics and what-all, and you'll get the flavor.Read full book review >
Café Noir by Ross C. Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A fairly small portion, but don't be surprised if this bitter brew keeps you up all night."
Consumerism runs wild in a chaotic, violent future dominated by the corporate superpower Krater Koffee. Read full book review >
THE SILVER SHIPS by S.H. Jucha
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A good, meat-and-potatoes space-opera adventure."
In Jucha's debut sci-fi novel, a bright, pragmatic starship captain from a far-future human-colonized world finds his life changed by an exciting, ominous discovery in deep space. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >