Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

ZODIAC by Romina Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers may forgive quibbles both major and minor for a story that touches on such complicated themes of identity, love, sex, class and politics. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A sci-fi refreshing for both its nondystopian plot and fallible heroine. Read full book review >
THE PARDONER'S TALE by Morgan Ferdinand
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"This supernatural thriller's humor and well-developed relationships will keep the pages turning."
Ferdinand's sharp debut novel features a shape-shifting private eye who's hellbent on slaying demonic beasts. Read full book review >

RAVENCLIFFE by Carol Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Rife with atmosphere, adventure and romance, this is a fantasy world worth getting lost in for a while. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Half-breed Darkling Avaline Hall makes a triumphant return in the second installment of the Blythewood series. Read full book review >
BLACK KNIGHT by Christopher Pike
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Those overlooking its heroine will enjoy the plot's new spin on the familiar tropes. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Before new witch Jessie Ralle can get the hang of the parallel-world-hopping double life introduced in Witch World (2012), she's tossed into a paranormal version of The Hunger Games. Read full book review >
CARBIDE TIPPED PENS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The few misses in this collection are more than made up for by the strength of the hits. Hard-core sci-fi fans will gobble this up, and readers newer to the genre should give it a chance, too."
A science-fiction anthology that strikes a balance between radical scientific ideas and grounded human emotion. Read full book review >

THE GENOME by Sergei Lukyanenko
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not quite up to the standard of Russia's greatest science-fiction writers (such as the Strugatsky brothers) but nonetheless refreshingly different and something of a page-turner: well worth investigating."
A medium-future exploration of the effects of genetic engineering, which first appeared in Russian in 1999, from the Moscow-resident author of Night Watch (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
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 >
We Are Strong, But We Are Fragile by Bob Mustin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"A tense post-apocalyptic drama that reads as if the kids in Lord of the Flies were savvy enough to grow up and form political parties."
In a barbarous future following economic apocalypse, what's left of the city of Asheville, North Carolina, faces a military and ideological threat from a hostile, degenerate tribe led by a vengeful ex-citizen. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >