Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Part homage to a sci-fi original, part re-imagining, plenty of teen torment and trouble—an absorbing read. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Opening with heavy foreshadowing and a mysterious book ("green and slim…the title printed in spindly gold leaf on the spine: Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus"), debut author Lee imagines a steampunk back story for the Shelley classic. Read full book review >
BITS & PIECES by Jonathan Maberry
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An entertaining divergence from the solid series. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
The aptly named fifth book in the Rot & Ruin series fills in gaps and provides key back story to the series. Read full book review >

LIGHTLESS by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed."
A tense psychodrama set on a malfunctioning spaceship. Read full book review >
BATTLEMAGE by Stephen Aryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Reasonably engaging and acceptably written but with little to distinguish it from the read-alikes already cluttering the market."
Armies, wizards, and gods clash and fray in the first installment of a series. Read full book review >
Robinson Crusoe 2245 by E.J. Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"A solid, well-paced sci-fi adventure."
Robinson Crusoe returns from a rigidly hierarchical far-future U.K. to a nightmarish North America in search of his love, Friday, in the second book of Robinson's (Robinson Crusoe 2244, 2014) series updating the Daniel Defoe classic. Read full book review >

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
The Palomas and the Corbeaus are more than traveling circus performers; the two families have magical bloodlines, and as with all magical acts, they have their secrets. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A highly impressive debut that engages intellectually while rarely offering emotional involvement."
Fantasy intrigue, power politics, and revenge: Brooklyn resident Dickinson's first novel. Read full book review >
The Priestess and the Dragon by Nicolette Andrews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"An atmospheric, superbly paced series opener."
From the author of Kitsune (2015) comes a romantic fantasy about a priestess who unleashes an elemental dragon, only to learn that she possesses untapped power herself.Read full book review >
Indigo 33 by Susan Phoenix
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"An enticing, if off-kilter, tale that explores psychic phenomena."
A young woman realizes that she possesses special powers in this transformative novel. Read full book review >
When Destinies Collide by Gordon Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"A satisfying start to a new series about two royal brothers confronting a dark lord."
Evil returns and siblings reunite to defeat a common enemy in this debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Light by Paul Dale Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2015

"Renders spirits and the preternatural realm as tangible scenes of action and intensity."
The ghost of a murdered U.S. Army Ranger plans to thwart a plot to assassinate world leaders in Anderson's (Pinking Shears, 2015, etc.) supernatural thriller.Read full book review >
An Unfortunate War by Joe East
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2015

"A tight, absorbing story with the potential for a sequel or two."
When Earth launches an invasion of the colonized planet of Haven, its people form a militia to fight back in East's (Base Camp Freedom, 2012) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >