Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >

Aftermath by S. L. Ferreira
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2015

"A hypokinetic alien attack tale sets a nonstandard pace for the sci-fi genre.
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After slow-moving aliens conquer Earth, a family man and his friends adapt to being wandering survivors in Brazilian author Ferreira's debut novel. Read full book review >
BEASTLY BONES by William Ritter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A witty and weird adventure equal parts Sherlock and Three Stooges. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Normal teen and abnormal detective unearth more paranormal mysteries in this fast-paced sequel to Jackaby (2014).Read full book review >
DREAMLAND by Robert L. Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Anderson creates a spellbinding landscape but then leaves it achingly underexplored. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Reality blurs into nightmare when a dream-walking girl breaks all the rules to help the boy she loves. Read full book review >
THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking, passionate, and compassionate—and impeccably written to boot: not to be missed. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Once there was war, until an artificial intelligence named Talis took over the world. Read full book review >
THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Part homage to a sci-fi original, part re-imagining, plenty of teen torment and trouble—an absorbing read. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Opening with heavy foreshadowing and a mysterious book ("green and slim…the title printed in spindly gold leaf on the spine: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus"), debut author Lee imagines a steampunk back story for the Shelley classic. Read full book review >
BITS & PIECES by Jonathan Maberry
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An entertaining divergence from the solid series. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
The aptly named fifth book in the Rot & Ruin series fills in gaps and provides key back story to the series. Read full book review >
LIGHTLESS by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed."
A tense psychodrama set on a malfunctioning spaceship. 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 >