Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

DEATH'S END  by Cixin Liu
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Liu's trilogy is the first major work of science fiction to come to the West out of China, and it's a masterpiece."
What if alien civilizations do exist? In this final installment of a stunning and provocative trilogy (The Dark Forest, 2015, etc.), Liu teases out the grim, unsettling implications. Read full book review >
Leaving Time and Tennessee by Lorraine Andrews Taylor
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An often delightful fantasy that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page."
A debut time-travel romance that romps through more than 200 years of history. Read full book review >

A Foreign Shore by Forrest Johnson
Released: Sept. 17, 2016

"A tale of a general's perilous mission for those who like their fantasy severe and realistic."
In this sequel, demons and unexplained magic disrupt lands already torn by war and an empire's greed. Read full book review >
SUMMERLONG by Peter S. Beagle
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A beautifully detailed fantasy about love, magic, and age that doesn't quite reconcile its reality with the myths that inspire it."
In his first new novel in more than a decade, Beagle creates an intimate drama between the members of a family who are slowly blindsided by myth and magic spilling into their ordinary world. Read full book review >
THE READER by Traci Chee
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This cleverly layered fantasy leaves more questions than it answers, but fortunately, it's only the first of what promises to be an enchanting series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In her debut for teens, Chee takes readers on a heart-racing adventure. Read full book review >

THE SOUND OF SEAS by Gillian  Anderson
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Ideas that looked thin for a single book stretched beyond all reasonable elasticity."
Final part of the X-Files-ish trilogy (A Dream of Ice, 2015, etc.) about contact with an ancient civilization now buried under the Antarctic ice. Read full book review >
The Needle's Eye by Deanna Nese
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse into a captivating world and an intense friendship sure to leave readers wanting more.
The fates of two young students remain forever changed when two parallel realms intersect in this YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
The Mothersea by Stephen Renneberg
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"Everything a great sci-fi novel should be: visionary, immersive, and thematically profound."
Renneberg's (In Earth's Service, 2015, etc.) stellar sci-fi sequel to 2013's The Mothership tells a story of alien contact and conflict and serves as a prequel of sorts to his epic Mapped Space series.Read full book review >
THE GRACES by Laure Eve
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Powerful. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl becomes obsessed with a family of reputed witches in this British author's North American debut. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Fantasy and nonfantasy readers alike will appreciate this gritty and intriguing coming-of-age story. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Poppy and Ember, switched at birth, discover the truth and each other in this coming-of-age fantasy. Read full book review >
NINTH CITY BURNING by J. Patrick Black
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Black borrows a long list of sci-fi/fantasy ingredients to cook up a Hunger Games/Star Wars remix featuring tweens trapped in an unmotivated war which will make them unlikely-but-relatable heroes."
After an alien invasion and near-instantaneous human extinction that unleashed a force called "thelemity," which "certain people can use to affect reality," most humans live in militarized zones under siege; but there are also warring, nomadic tribes from whose "coda" come two sisters, thelemity adepts, who tip the balance of power. Read full book review >
THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While it seems like there should be something for everyone in this mashup of dragons, faeries, librarians, Holmes, and masked mystery, the end result is more a stew of 'wouldn't it be cool...' than a tightly plotted tale."
In the second installment of her Invisible Library series, Cogman (The Invisible Library, 2016) chronicles the exploits of Irene Winters, an interdimensional Librarian seeking rare books across alternate worlds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >