Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

In Earth's Service by Stephen Renneberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"A sci-fi novel that offers a relentlessly paced, action-packed, and undeniably epic-in-scope adventure."
This second installment in the Mapped Space saga continues the exploits of Sirius Kade, captain of a merchant starship and deep-cover agent for the Earth Intelligence Service. Read full book review >
ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Unanswered questions will have readers awaiting the third book and hoping that it brings Meira and her people peace at long last. (map) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to Snow Like Ashes, Winter's queen, Meira, struggles to forge a new life for her recently liberated people. Read full book review >

THE BEAST OF CRETACEA by Todd Strasser
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An odd combination of genres and tropes for fans of old-fashioned adventure. (author's note, glossary) (Science fiction/adventure. 12 & up)"
Moby-Dick on an alien planet. Read full book review >
THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS by Sherry Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Delivers on all the grand epic sweep, lush prose, and overwrought emotion promised by the first two volumes; if that's the sort of thing you like, this is the sort of book you'll love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thomas wraps up her trilogy with a grandiose finale, plus a hearts-and-flowers denouement. Read full book review >
FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fans of the Marvel Universe aren't by definition stupid, and even though they will be jazzed by the schmaltzy heroic high jinks, they still deserve better than this. (Adventure. 11-14)"
A homeless Ukrainian girl, a suburban American boy, and a world-famous superheroine save the world. Read full book review >

THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Original and sobering, Adelina is an antihero of nigh-unremitting darkness: an unusual young woman in the mold of such archetypes as Lucifer, Macbeth, and Darth Vader—and even Kissin' Kate Barlow from Holes. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A heroine's tragic tumble dominates the second volume of this trilogy. Read full book review >
STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >
Haunting at the Truitt Hotel by Selinda Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A novel that offers a moving love story but fails to deliver strongly imagined and integrated supernatural elements.
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A fusion of paranormal thriller and time-travel romance, this debut novel follows a writer who travels to upstate New York to work on a bed-and-breakfast guide and finds himself inexplicably back in 1945. Read full book review >
Against the Fading of the Light by Stu Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2015

"An energetic thriller about beleaguered warriors of God battling the powers of darkness that delivers a rousing conclusion."
A hero and his cohorts clash with a sinister clan in this tense volume, part of a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Read full book review >
The Garden of Life and Death by Ignatius Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2015

"A familiar post-apocalyptic survivalist epic, but it's told with uncommon power and passion."
Concluding a futuristic trilogy, this novel takes aging hero Elliott Eastman out of his post-apocalyptic colony in Idaho and on an often violent quest east through a devastated America in search of other surviving communities. Read full book review >
ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Wraps up the story arc with plenty of room to tell many more tales in this universe. Let's hope Leckie does."
In the conclusion to Leckie's multiaward-winning trilogy (Ancillary Justice, 2013; Ancillary Sword, 2014), Fleet Captain Breq Mianaai directly confronts Anaander Mianaai, the interstellar ruler who blew up Justice of Toren, the ship that housed Breq's consciousness.Read full book review >
A THOUSAND NIGHTS by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Detailed and quiet, beautifully written with a literary rhythm that evokes a sense of oral tale-telling, this unexpected fantasy should not be missed. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A loose retelling of The Arabian Nights frame story from Morris Award- and Kirkus Prize-finalist Johnston takes ideas of power and gender, belief and love, and upends them. 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 >