Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

DANDLE & LION by Louis Eliopoulos
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 29, 2014

"An engaging effort, though it reads mostly like a bridge between more eventful books."
The second book in Eliopoulos' (The Mythic Forest, 2013) Fabelwald saga tells the tale of twins Dandle and Lion, children of the first volume's Erich and Rapunzel, as they begin to discover the magic inside them and the struggle between Light and Dark that defines the world around them.Read full book review >
SYMBIONT by Mira Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"For those who've been pining for a human/tapeworm romance."
The second in Grant's new series (Parasite, 2013) featuring a society battling a tapeworm takeover picks up with the adventures of Sal Mitchell, a tapeworm that's overcome her host's body. Read full book review >

Canidae: The Journey by Paul Woodward
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A promising beginning for a new writer, but to make the most of his talents, Woodward needs to work on developing an ear for language and worldbuilding."
Seeking reasons behind the extinction of humankind some 7,000 years before, a team of humanoid dogsuncovers an impending invasion of crystalline aliens and a traitor at the heart of their society. Read full book review >
CrossOver by Paul Proffet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A promising, deeply satisfying debut full of action, wit, and heart."
In this urban-fantasy adventure, a 44-year-old professional criminal decides to help a mysterious young woman—and gets pulled into a supernatural battle. Read full book review >
HIDDEN AMONG YOURSELVES by Bill Hiatt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2014

"Hiatt's formula for success holds true in this latest fantasy installment, which features rich literary allusion, swift pacing, crisp dialogue and inventive plotting."
Another engaging fantasy adventure from Hiatt (A Parent's Guide to Parent-Teacher Communication, 2014, etc.) about the teenage Taliesin "Tal" Weaver and his motley band, featuring supernatural beings, reincarnated leaders and a magical mom. Read full book review >

A Digital Carol – A Tale for Our Generation by Adolphus Writer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"A unique, if uneven, version of a holiday fixture."
Writer's (Tragic Wonders, 2013, etc.) novella reimagines Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as a cautionary sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
BIRTH OF LEGENDS by Shaun K. Thornhill
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"At times overly familiar, other times creative; should please readers interested in adding oddities to slashing swords and dangerous magic."
Thornhill's debut fantasy novel follows the adventures of four magical friends out to battle a jilted necromancer. Read full book review >
ORIGINS by Terri-Lynne Smiles
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"An adept offering of diverse characters engaged in a suspenseful sci-fi storyline that's far from common; might even appeal to an audience outside the sci-fi realm."
In the third book in Smiles' (Choices, 2013, etc.) sci-fi Rothston series, a young and in love college couple deals with family issues, special powers and a secret international organization that may have a sinister agenda. Read full book review >
HUMAN EXPANSION by Steve Holgate
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 19, 2014

"An intricate but fun sci-fi romp."
The second volume in Holgate's (Human Trials, 2014) Humankind sci-fi series explores the worlds populated by the descendants of Earth. Read full book review >
HERITAGE OF CYADOR by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Top-notch Modesitt, even if you're not a series regular."
The 18th volume in Modesitt's seemingly immortal Recluce fantasy series, following Cyador's Heirs (2014, etc.). Read full book review >
PANTHEON by David Shawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"An action-packed story trying hard to be edgy; hard-core supernatural action fans will eagerly grab hold."
Greek mythology, vampires and strange spiritual energies forge an unholy mix in this second installment of a ruthless tale of blood, murder, power and betrayal. Read full book review >
THE BANE CHRONICLES by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Only for series completists and fans of Magnus Bane—but who isn't a fan of Magnus Bane? (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Eleven short stories about two centuries in the life of everyone's favorite bisexual, biracial, immortal warlock from Clare's hyperpopular Shadowhunters series, most previously published in electronic-only editions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >