Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THE WHISPERING SWARM by Michael Moorcock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"This first book in a planned trilogy requires, but also rewards, patient readers and holds out plenty of promise for its sequels."
A semiautobiographical, semifantastical adventure by a legendary author, set in both real and imagined Londons. Read full book review >
Primordium Book One: Reformation by William E. Mason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"An ambitious tale with compelling concepts but one that's dauntingly dense—even for sci-fi readers raised on the temporal loops of Doctor Who."
In Mason's debut sci-fi novel, a tormented anthropologist looking for the origins of mankind meets a not-quite-human girl who reminds him of a lost love. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF STEVEN by Steven T. Stevenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A strangely effective blend: an optimistic book about suicide."
A fast-paced fantasy novel about suicide and what comes after. Read full book review >
GOLDEN SON by Pierce Brown
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Comparisons to The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones series are inevitable, for this tale has elements of both—fantasy, the future and quasi-historicism."
Brown presents the second installment of his epic science-fiction trilogy, and like the first (Red Rising, 2014), it's chock-full of interpersonal tension, class conflict and violence.Read full book review >
JOURNEY THROUGH THE MIRROR by T.R. Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Worth a try for fans of the genre, but start with Book 1, Journey into the Flame."
The unexciting middle installment in the author's Rising World trilogy. Read full book review >

ORIGINATOR by Joel Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A grand saga, though not recommended for newcomers, the implicit assumption being that you're familiar with both the characters and the background."
Sixth installment (Operation Shield, 2014, etc.) in Shepherd's ferocious, far-future, multilateral power struggle.Read full book review >
MONKEY WARS by Richard Kurti
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Powerful and disturbing. (Animal fantasy. 14 & up)"
A real-life conflict between rival monkey species in Kolkata becomes a dark, violent fable of totalitarianism and resistance. Read full book review >
WILLOWGROVE by Kathleen Peacock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"The back story is complicated enough that only dedicated fans of the first two titles will want to tackle this one. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Peacock brings her Hemlock werewolf trilogy to an appropriately bloody conclusion. Read full book review >
FROSTFIRE by Amanda Hocking
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Good for fans of romance and the genre. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A Trylle Trilogy spinoff features new beautiful trolls from a different tribe—the Kanin. Read full book review >
THE GALAXY GAME by Karen Lord
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Lord is at her best describing vividly alien bioformed landscapes and exploring subtle differences among uneasily allied cultures. But this novel, with its tentacled narrative structure and many references to previous events, is not the best entry to her world."
World Fantasy Award finalist Lord (The Best of All Possible Worlds, 2013, etc.) offers a complex coming-of-age story about negotiating competing loyalties. Read full book review >
KING OF THE CRACKSMEN by Dennis O'Flaherty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"As Liam remarks: 'That ought to ginger them up.' He could be referring to readers of this rousingly violent, funny, sometimes shockingly profane opener."
A New York safecracker forcibly turned secret agent takes on his corrupt bosses in this broad and brawling debut. Read full book review >
GIDEON by Alex Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This novel will thoroughly satisfy readers looking for suspense, horror and a grisly good time."
A seductive work of paranormal horror that will draw readers into its cold and gloomy world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >