Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

THE DRAYTON DIARIES by Robert W. Stephens
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Sure to please fans of paranormal fiction."
An ordinary man tries to make sense of his extraordinary powers in Stephens' (Nature of Evil, 2012, etc.) crisply narrated tale with paranormal elements.Read full book review >
THE BROKEN ISLES by Mark Charan Newton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A disappointing end to what had been a distinctive series."
Final book of the Legends of the Red Sun series (The Book of Transformations, 2011, etc.), written in the style known as New Weird—meaning somewhere between bizarre fantasy and far-future science fiction; it was first published in the U.K. in 2012.Read full book review >

THE BLOOD OF ANGELS by Johanna Sinisalo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"At its best, Sinisalo's novel engages in a fierce discussion of ecological choices while also imagining an unusually picturesque, Orpheus-tinged search for love beyond death."
A new novel by Finnish author Sinisalo (Birdbrain, 2011, etc.) uses harrowing ecological collapse and an idyllic parallel world to examine both the possibility of global disaster and one man's surreal, life-altering experience of grief.Read full book review >
TEN FINGERS TOUCHING by Ellen A. Roth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2014

"A satisfying story for those who can suspend disbelief, ignore any feminist misgivings and enjoy a fairy-tale ending."
Roth's love story transcends the battle of good and evil in her classic fairy tale. Read full book review >
DANDLE & LION by Louis Eliopoulos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2014

"An engaging effort, though it reads mostly like a bridge between more eventful books."
The second book in Eliopoulos' (The Mythic Forest, 2013) Fabelwald saga tells the tale of twins Dandle and Lion, children of the first volume's Erich and Rapunzel, as they begin to discover the magic inside them and the struggle between Light and Dark that defines the world around them.Read full book review >

SYMBIONT by Mira Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"For those who've been pining for a human/tapeworm romance."
The second in Grant's new series (Parasite, 2013) featuring a society battling a tapeworm takeover picks up with the adventures of Sal Mitchell, a tapeworm that's overcome her host's body. Read full book review >
Canidae: The Journey by Paul Woodward
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A promising beginning for a new writer, but to make the most of his talents, Woodward needs to work on developing an ear for language and worldbuilding."
Seeking reasons behind the extinction of humankind some 7,000 years before, a team of humanoid dogsuncovers an impending invasion of crystalline aliens and a traitor at the heart of their society. Read full book review >
CrossOver by Paul Proffet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A promising, deeply satisfying debut full of action, wit, and heart."
In this urban-fantasy adventure, a 44-year-old professional criminal decides to help a mysterious young woman—and gets pulled into a supernatural battle. Read full book review >
HIDDEN AMONG YOURSELVES by Bill Hiatt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Hiatt's formula for success holds true in this latest fantasy installment, which features rich literary allusion, swift pacing, crisp dialogue and inventive plotting."
Another engaging fantasy adventure from Hiatt (A Parent's Guide to Parent-Teacher Communication, 2014, etc.) about the teenage Taliesin "Tal" Weaver and his motley band, featuring supernatural beings, reincarnated leaders and a magical mom. Read full book review >
A Digital Carol – A Tale for Our Generation by Adolphus Writer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"A unique, if uneven, version of a holiday fixture."
Writer's (Tragic Wonders, 2013, etc.) novella reimagines Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a cautionary sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
BIRTH OF LEGENDS by Shaun K. Thornhill
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"At times overly familiar, other times creative; should please readers interested in adding oddities to slashing swords and dangerous magic."
Thornhill's debut fantasy novel follows the adventures of four magical friends out to battle a jilted necromancer. Read full book review >
ORIGINS by Terri-Lynne Smiles
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"An adept offering of diverse characters engaged in a suspenseful sci-fi storyline that's far from common; might even appeal to an audience outside the sci-fi realm."
In the third book in Smiles' (Choices, 2013, etc.) sci-fi Rothston series, a young and in love college couple deals with family issues, special powers and a secret international organization that may have a sinister agenda. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >