Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

NO-GU by Kevin Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 22, 2015

"Part thriller, part invented cultural study, the book provides an unusual setting and a rough-and-tumble lead."
From debut author Johnson comes a fantasy novel about a city and those who must protect it. Read full book review >
THE GENEROUS DEAD by Sandra Mann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 20, 2015

"A smart and emotionally sound sci-fi novella whose timely moral questions and determined characters make an old premise relevant and intriguing."
Earth is visited by an alien race with questionable motives in Mann's sci-fi novella. Read full book review >

THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >
A BLINK OF THE SCREEN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 17, 2015

"One of the main draws of this collection for serious fans, or aspiring writers, will be the chance to trace the evolution of Pratchett's craft—but there's plenty here for readers who have never heard of him to enjoy."
A short story collection covering the entire career of one of our most prolific, and beloved, fantasy writers. Read full book review >
THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN by Aleksandr Tuvim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An epic novel of good and evil that may have more ambition than its story can support."
In a dark future where water is scarce and disease runs rampant, a young revolutionary plots the downfall of an authoritarian government. Read full book review >

Oversight by Thomas Claburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Dragon fiction has never flown higher. Seraphina's adventures may be over, but here's hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come. (map, cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Having come to terms with her own heritage, both dragon and human, Seraphina is back for more, following her eponymous first outing (2012). Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite what's possibly the most agonizing cliffhanger since Catching Fire, genre fans will find it worth their time. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A displaced teenage queen acts as a thief, spy and vigilante while plotting to reclaim her throne. Read full book review >
THE DICKENS MIRROR by Ilsa J. Bick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious, atmospheric, not-entirely-successful attempt at a head trip. (Fantasy/horror. 14 & up)"
The world-hopping adventure begun in the previous volume (White Space, 2014) concludes in a new Now, a Victorian London crumbling right out from under the characters.Read full book review >
TETHER by Anna Jarzab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite predictability and second-book syndrome, a generally fast and enjoyable read of interpersonal drama and rescues. (Science fantasy. 12 & up)"
Back on Earth and discontented after the events of Tandem (2013), Sasha returns to Aurora for the boy she left behind.Read full book review >
THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca Haig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book, the first in a planned trilogy, is poised to become the next must-read hit."
A suspenseful post-apocalyptic adventure about a world cleaved in two. Read full book review >
THE EXILE by C.T. Adams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's not exactly deep, but this book (the first in a planned series) will entertain readers looking for a fun fantasy that mixes adventure with just a bit of romance."
A fast-paced fantasy about a half-faerie, half-human girl struggling to figure out which world she really belongs in. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >