Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THE RIFT UPRISING by Amy Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"This fun, fast-paced thriller will entertain readers looking for their next teens-save-the-world genre fix."
Superpowered teens guarding the gateway to the multiverse...what could go wrong? Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2016 by Karen Joy Fowler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A set of primal, classic-seeming tales from our past, present, and future."
The second in an annual series of intellectually demanding genre anthologies. Read full book review >

ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A rare tale that values brains over brawn—light, bright, and handsomely tricked out. (Fantasy. 8 & up)"
Lavish use of black and silver ink, plus Riddell's larger-than-life figures, adds swash aplenty to this new edition of Gaiman's 2009 spin on a Norse myth, originally illustrated by Brett Helquist. Read full book review >
Telonaut by Matt Tyson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Inventive, intelligent sci-fi about humans grappling with an oceanic world."
In this debut novel, a Postbox transports future government auditor Sero Novak to a colony on a water planet. Read full book review >
Remember Yesterday by Pintip Dunn
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An epic, futuristic tale continues with proficient, zestful writing."
A teenage psychic tries to stop an invention and prevent a massacre in the second installment of Dunn's (Forget Tomorrow, 2015, etc.) YA sci-fi series.Read full book review >

The Ruling Mask by Neil McGarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A compelling addition to an impressive fantasy series with a strong heroine."
McGarry and Ravipinto (The Fall of Ventaris, 2013, etc.) return to the turbulent city of Rodaas in this third installment of a series.Read full book review >
BURIED SECRETS by Elizabeth Meyette
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"Readers may wonder whether there's anything the tenacious investigator can't handle—while eagerly awaiting sequels."
A schoolteacher takes a second stab at sleuthing when a possible ghostly presence at an all-girls academy is compounded by a definite murder in this mystery. Read full book review >
Zorkon's Secret by Jeff R. Spalsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2016

"Eccentric, chatty characters fortify this spry, futuristic tale."
In Spalsbury's (The White-Haired Buffalo Hunter, 2016, etc.) sci-fi novel, an interplanetary ambassador's mission to explain the stalled delivery of energy crystals may entail tracking down a never-before-seen species. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S BANSHEE by Donna Hosie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Series fans will be thrilled by this screamingly funny return to Hell. (Paranormal suspense. 15 & up)"
The Devil's Intern series continues, narrated this time by Alfarin the Viking prince. Read full book review >
CURRENTS by Eva Moraal
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Themes can't save a book when plot, characters, and setting don't hold water. (afterword) (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14 & up)"
In a flood-plagued future Europe, a have and a have-not fall in love. Read full book review >
Lily by Michael Thomas Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"In this moving and magical literary journey, a heroine grapples with a terrifying power."
A young girl gains the ability to see the death of anyone she touches in this debut "modern(ish)" fairy tale. Read full book review >
Quantum by Dean De Servienti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Smart sci-fi with a much-desired object that's far more engaging than the average MacGuffin."
Various agencies hunt six scientists who've gone into hiding after unearthing an ancient artifact of indeterminate origin in De Servienti's (Life Turns, 2016, etc.) sci-fi thriller.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 >