Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

GODHEAD by Greg McLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A novel combination of worlds and characters in an ambitious, cutting story that's occasionally overcomplicated."
From author McLeod (The King of Dreams, 2014), an epic fantasy novel spanning Earth and mythical lands. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"In the end, Black's latest seems to mirror Hazel's fears about herself—'as normal and average as any child ever born'—but like Hazel, it's not without charm.(Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Black returns to her faerie roots with a fantasy set in our very recognizable modern world. Read full book review >

UNMADE by Amy Rose Capetta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Fast and intense, both in action and emotions—readers who liked Entangled will love its sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Following Entangled (2013), rock star-turned-would-be savior Cade makes a stand to save humanity from the Unmakers.Read full book review >
ENSNARED by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A visually rich but tortuous conclusion meant for hard-core fans of the goth-chic series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Alyssa Gardner prepares to wage war on mad Queen Red, rescue her two loves and restore weirdness to Wonderland in this third and final book. Read full book review >
UNBREAKABLE by W.C. Bauers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Still, it's a subgenre with a well-established audience, and Bauers makes a solid entrance."
Military science fiction with a kick-butt female lead: Bauers' debut. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >