Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

WILD SKY by Suzanne Brockmann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A solid sequel. (Paranormal suspense. 14 & up)"
The Brockmanns bring their reliable style to this sequel to Night Sky (2014), combining intrigue, the paranormal, and teen angst with signature romance.Read full book review >
THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE by Patrick Ness
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Fresh, funny, and full of heart: not to be missed. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
It's not easy being normal when the Chosen One goes to your high school. Read full book review >

A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS by George R.R. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"As Tolkien had his Silmarillion, so Martin has this trilogy of foundational tales. They succeed on their own, but in addition, they succeed in making fans want more—and with luck, Martin will oblige them with more of these early yarns."
Huzzah! Martin (The Ice Dragon, 2014, etc.) delivers just what fans have been waiting for: stirring tales of the founding of the Targaryen line.Read full book review >
CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"The novel playfully twists genre conventions—there are plenty of wink-wink, nudge-nudge moments to satisfy faithful fantasy readers—but it also stands alone as a modern bildungsroman. Carry on, Simon Snow. (author's note) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Meta-slash fiction for jaded optimists. Read full book review >
Climbing the Rain by Howard Cincotta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Tree-hugging sci-fi—familiar stuff that still grows on you."
Forced to accompany a commercial expedition to a dangerous, distant planet, business negotiator Leyden finds himself caught in civil strife, intrigue, and romance within a tree-dwelling primitive culture. Read full book review >

SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters."
A fantasy thriller about a supernatural assassin and a city on the brink of collapse. Read full book review >
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >
Return to Roswell by Martin A. Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A detailed, thought-provoking read for rational beings the world over."
Rosen's (Return to Roswell, 2012) sequel determines whether humanity's face-to-face contact with an alien race will lead to enlightenment or destruction.Read full book review >
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Adolescent criminals seek the haul of a lifetime in a fantasyland at the beginning of its industrial age. Read full book review >
The Theta Prophecy by Chris Dietzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"A terrifying glimpse at a believable future."
Dietzel (The Last Teacher, 2015, etc.) offers a chilling sci-fi novel about big government run amok in the future. Read full book review >
LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Both thoroughly researched and absolutely modern, this harkens back to the slightly soapy but still reasonably intelligent mass-market historicals of an earlier era, updated just right for today's audience. (author's note, author Q-and-A, discussion questions) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
Herman, best known for nonfiction about what royalty get up to in (and out of) the bedroom (Sex with Kings, 2004, etc.), changes direction to enter the teen-crossover field with straight-up historical fantasy. Read full book review >
Farryn's War by Christie Meierz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2015

"Not without its flaws but a solid entry for readers craving new, original space operas."
An alien woman tries to track down her former lover in the first installment of Meierz's (The Fall, 2015, etc.) new Exiles of the Drift series, set in the same universe as the Tales of Tolari Space.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 >