Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

HERITAGE OF CYADOR by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Top-notch Modesitt, even if you're not a series regular."
The 18th volume in Modesitt's seemingly immortal Recluce fantasy series, following Cyador's Heirs (2014, etc.). Read full book review >
PANTHEON by David Shawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"An action-packed story trying hard to be edgy; hard-core supernatural action fans will eagerly grab hold."
Greek mythology, vampires and strange spiritual energies forge an unholy mix in this second installment of a ruthless tale of blood, murder, power and betrayal. Read full book review >

THE BANE CHRONICLES by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Only for series completists and fans of Magnus Bane—but who isn't a fan of Magnus Bane? (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Eleven short stories about two centuries in the life of everyone's favorite bisexual, biracial, immortal warlock from Clare's hyperpopular Shadowhunters series, most previously published in electronic-only editions. Read full book review >
A HERO AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Erin Claiborne
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A smart, funny and emotionally engaging tale perfect for any reader who longs for another train ride to Hogwarts. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Destined to destroy the evil overlord, the chosen one adjusts to a disappointing life after his friend does the job instead. Read full book review >
THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM by Cixin Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Remarkable, revelatory and not to be missed."
Strange and fascinating alien-contact yarn, the first of a trilogy from China's most celebrated science-fiction author. Read full book review >

GRAIL KNIGHT by Angus Donald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A fine escape for lovers of blood and gore from days of yore."
The fifth book in The Outlaw Chronicles (Warlord, 2013, etc.) concludes Robin Hood's quest for the Holy Grail with an unholy trail of blood and a damn good story.Read full book review >
MORTAL HEART by Robin LaFevers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Although much of this book's gravity and richness is carried forward from the first two, devotees of His Fair Assassin will be gratified to receive this closure, especially on the political front. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The glorious series about convent-trained assassins concludes, reframing a main character in ways that shift the meaning of the whole series. Read full book review >
CRASHLAND by Sean Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Despite confusing pacing, the implications and moral questions raised by the technology give the story weight. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The fallout from Twinmaker (2013) and Clair's role in the hugely disruptive shutdown of teleportation technology put her in even more danger than before.Read full book review >
GENESIS CODE by Jamie Metzl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the 'truth' are all inseparably bound together."
An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller addresses up-to-the-minute political currents as seen from a short time in the future. Read full book review >
THE LAST MILE by Blair Richmond
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2014

"One (OK, three) of a kind for readers who prefer their fantasy tinted green, with fangs that sink into grains, not veins. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The trilogy that introduced vegan vampires (don't call them "sapsuckers"), passionately environmentalist thespians and the southern Oregon town they call home (well, actually they call it Lithia) comes to an end here, and not a moment too soon. Read full book review >
THE BURDEN OF MEMORY by Welcome Cole
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"A weird, wonderful installment of a fantasy saga that's inching toward greatness."
This sequel to Cole's (Henry's Re-entry, 2014, etc.) epic fantasy The Pleasure of Memory (2013) sees disparate members of an ancient order preparing for battle against a villainous fire mage. Read full book review >
CATALYST by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An unabashedly optimistic denouement is the perfect ending for this series that's unafraid to ask readers to grapple with big ideas—it's the joyful flip side of Feed. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Intrasolar cadet Tom Raines helps bring the Insignia trilogy to an appropriately explosive conclusion. 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 >