Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted."
The third collection of short fiction from a beloved modern mythmaker. Read full book review >
GRAYWULLF by Thomas Rottinghaus
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fine fantasy debut intensified by its emotional heft and swaggering action.
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In this dark fantasy debut, a centuries-old Wizard crosses paths with a dying breed of gun-slinging lawmen. Read full book review >

CRY OF THE FIREBIRD by Amy Kuivalainen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Fantasy fans will likely enjoy Anya's adventures, which feature novel supernatural elements in a modern setting."
Finnish-Australian author Kuivalainen offers a debut urban fantasy about a young girl battling dark forces. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
The Scent of Roses by Sabrina Seidner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Building on the dystopian traditions of Orwell and Huxley, the story intriguingly examines not just troubled society but the individuals living in it."
Seidner's debut sci-fi about one woman's quest in a bleakly depopulated future. Read full book review >

BURNING NATION by Trent Reedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"An action-packed thriller that may well lead readers to further explore the complicated constitutional and political issues it raises. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
In the second installment of the Divided We Fall trilogy, PFC Daniel Wright continues fighting for the Republic of Idaho against the federal government in what is becoming a second civil war. Read full book review >
INSIDE A SILVER BOX by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Food for thought, if not entirely digestible."
After an African-American thug murders a white graduate student jogging in Central Park, the two team up to combat an alien menace in Mosley's (Rose Gold, 2014, etc.) latest science-fiction effort.Read full book review >
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism."
Paige Mahoney, the Pale Dreamer of TheBone Season (2013), returns in this second volume of a projected seven-volume fantasy/science-fiction epic.Read full book review >
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Fans should just wait for Winter, coming in fall 2015. (Science fiction/fairy tale. 13 & up)"
Meyer takes a short break between books in the Lunar Chronicles to explore the back story of evil Queen Levana. Read full book review >
SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
The Gates of the Frontier Universe  by Christopher Villanueva
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 24, 2015

"A taxing read that makes good on early promises of an epic adventure."
An epic sci-fi novel centered on an intergalactic dispute from debut author Villanueva. Read full book review >
DARKSIDERS by Justin Perks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"A straightforward action fantasy held back by rough prose."
In Perks' sci-fi debut, mercenaries track a rogue scientist who's stolen a technologically advanced society's most prized resource. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >