Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

Blood Family by Brent Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2017

"A clever, engaging view into dark places."
Fantasy and horror blend in Winter's debut novel about a man who discovers his family's links to the supernatural. Read full book review >
ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love. Read full book review >

A TOASTER ON MARS by Darrell Pitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who fans are a natural audience for this story, but it may well build a broader readership once the word gets out. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
This pseudo-science-fiction book provides laughs of all types: readers will progress from snickers to giggles to, finally, belly laughs and shouts of outrage. Read full book review >
THE MERIDIAN FIVE & THE LOST LEGION by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"Barely an introduction to the titular five, but with enough riveting back story for sci-fi fans."
In the opening of this sci-fi debut and proposed trilogy, children of three expectant mothers inheriting energy-infused power may someday pose a threat to a nefarious, formidable individual. Read full book review >
SHADOW MOUNTAIN by Tess Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"A vivid first installment of a saga that will make readers look forward to the next."
An Appalachian woman and her son struggle to protect their mountain home in Collins' (The Hunter of Hertha, 2015, etc.) historical-fantasy series starter.Read full book review >

RECLUCE TALES by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Don't expect great significance everywhere—some of the pieces are no more than vignettes—but Modesitt is excellent company, and the more familiar you are with the series, the richer these stories will seem."
A collection of 17 new and three reprinted stories plus an essay, weaving among the prolific Modesitt's impressive 18-book (and counting) fantasy Saga of Recluse (Heritage of Cyador, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
APOCALYPSE ALL THE TIME by David Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An imaginative engagement with existential questions raised by a surfeit of apocalypses."
In this absurdist novel set in a world of serial apocalypses, a man tries to make sense of his existence. Read full book review >
MINIATURES by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing."
Scalzi has said that his two writing strengths are his novels (The End of All Things, 2015, etc.) and his very short fiction; this slim offering showcases the latter. Read full book review >
DEATH'S DANCER by Jasmine Silvera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A spirited, sexy paranormal romance."
Sparks fly when a mighty sorcerer recruits a dancer to help unravel a supernatural mystery. Read full book review >
THE BEAST by Alex Bobrov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"This psychological tale offers uncomfortable episodes of violence and sexuality."
In this debut fantasy thriller, four distinct personalities converge to battle a man's inner demon. Read full book review >
The Dark Lord by Jack Heckel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A diverting, heartfelt adventure that provides laughs in between earnest moments and spells."
In this fantasy, a mage tries to save the same world he'd tormented as an evil wizard—part of his university studies—with help from the heroes who'd fought him. Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Matt Casamassina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements."
In this debut YA thriller, the leftovers of an unexplained apocalypse struggle to survive and find meaning in the wreckage. 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 >