Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

DARKNESS AND LIGHT by Kyle Hoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2016

"A more polished and entertaining second installment covers much of the same ground as the first."
In the second of Hoy's (Darkness and Light: Rise of the Omans, 2015) fantasy series, humans may hold the key to the survival of powerful beings from another world.Read full book review >
GOLDENHAND by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
At long last, fantasy master Nix returns to the story of Lirael. Read full book review >

BOUND BY BLOOD AND SAND by Becky Allen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Ferocious and intelligent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In this intriguing epic fantasy, the magic used to control limited resources eventually corrupts the social order as well. Read full book review >
TREACHERY'S TOOLS  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Breaks little new ground, but a solid, involving entry in a worthwhile, occasionally outstanding series."
Tenth (Madness in Solidar, 2015, etc.) in the Imager series: think an early modern France where magic, or "imaging," requires precise visualization of technique and result. We pick up the previous timeline 13 years later. Read full book review >
AHSOKA by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A great treat for young—and not-so-young—Star Wars fans that provides a thrilling back story for a compelling character. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Ahsoka Tano is a Jedi on the run. Read full book review >

EXTRAORDINARY OCTOBER by Diana Wagman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Offbeat while also incorporating themes of tolerance, October's tale will have readers rooting for her every step of the way. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
An ordinary girl, an unquenchable itch, a bizarre, spontaneously appearing flower-shaped ankle tattoo—and suddenly, four days before October Fetterhoff's 18th birthday, she begins to change. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Like many a classic antihero's, Adelina's trajectory is both sobering and satisfying. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The affecting conclusion to the Young Elites trilogy relishes ardent emotion but is never mawkish. Read full book review >
Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple by Lisa Pell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A poignant parody of media blather, modern romance, and mangled justice, with sci-fi accents."
A novel explores extraterrestrial love in a topsy-turvy world. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN FEDERATION by Fiction Factory Incorporated
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"Exuberant and entertaining, slyly avoiding camp with plausible, albeit superpower-infused, characters."
A scientist assembles a second-generation group of superheroes to battle a global government bent on dominating humanity in Fiction Factory Incorporated's debut sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
THE DEMON by Rick Bonogofsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2016

"Short on finesse but may appeal to readers looking for something akin to the comics series Preacher."
This first in a grim fantasy series recounts a millennia-spanning grudge between an angel and a demon. Read full book review >
A CITY DREAMING by Daniel Polansky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Anyone with even the slightest interest in genre fiction should be delighted by this whacked-out fantasy novel."
A magician returns to an alternate-universe version of New York City to settle squabbles between two warring queens, battle his nemesis, and save the world. Read full book review >
ZERO-G by William Shatner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Zero stars."
A near-future spy thriller set in space from Star Trek's Shatner (Leonard, 2016, etc.) and prolific co-writer Rovin (The Sound of Seas, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >