Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted."
The third collection of short fiction from a beloved modern mythmaker. Read full book review >
GRAYWULLF by Thomas Rottinghaus
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fine fantasy debut intensified by its emotional heft and swaggering action.
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In this dark fantasy debut, a centuries-old Wizard crosses paths with a dying breed of gun-slinging lawmen. Read full book review >

CRY OF THE FIREBIRD by Amy Kuivalainen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Fantasy fans will likely enjoy Anya's adventures, which feature novel supernatural elements in a modern setting."
Finnish-Australian author Kuivalainen offers a debut urban fantasy about a young girl battling dark forces. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
The Scent of Roses by Sabrina Seidner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Building on the dystopian traditions of Orwell and Huxley, the story intriguingly examines not just troubled society but the individuals living in it."
Seidner's debut sci-fi about one woman's quest in a bleakly depopulated future. Read full book review >

BURNING NATION by Trent Reedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
In the second installment of the Divided We Fall trilogy, PFC Daniel Wright continues fighting for the Republic of Idaho against the federal government in what is becoming a second civil war. Read full book review >
INSIDE A SILVER BOX by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Food for thought, if not entirely digestible."
After an African-American thug murders a white graduate student jogging in Central Park, the two team up to combat an alien menace in Mosley's (Rose Gold, 2014, etc.) latest science-fiction effort.Read full book review >
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism."
Paige Mahoney, the Pale Dreamer of TheBone Season (2013), returns in this second volume of a projected seven-volume fantasy/science-fiction epic.Read full book review >
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Fans should just wait for Winter, coming in fall 2015. (Science fiction/fairy tale. 13 & up)"
Meyer takes a short break between books in the Lunar Chronicles to explore the back story of evil Queen Levana. Read full book review >
SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
The Gates of the Frontier Universe  by Christopher Villanueva
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2015

"A taxing read that makes good on early promises of an epic adventure."
An epic sci-fi novel centered on an intergalactic dispute from debut author Villanueva. Read full book review >
THE PREY by Tom Isbell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"It's an exciting concept, but the execution is for the most part mediocre. (Dystopian adventure. 13 & up)"
Teens uncover their post-apocalyptic, dystopian society's secret program that segregates those deemed inferior to use as game in rich men's hunts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >