Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

BETA EARTH by J.R. Napier
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 25, 2014

"Disjointed storylines don't diminish Napier's endearing and contagious adoration of the sci-fi genre."
The search for Paradise, which people believe will be the only place to survive the fated collision between two inhabited planets, leads to endless battles in Napier's (Beta Earth: Between Worlds 2.0 Edition, 2014, etc.) latest sci-fi outing. Read full book review >
THE CALORIS RIM PROJECT by Glenn P. Mac Donald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 2014

"An original, surprising novel for mainstream sci-fi fans."
A subtle spiritual allegory cloaked in the guise of a sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

ORDINARIES by Douglas Pershing
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 2014

"Gun battles and gore invigorate this amped-up sequel."
In this sequel to Shifters (2014), a pair of superpowered siblings prepare for war against an empire of fascist aliens. Read full book review >
BATHING THE LION by Jonathan Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Though short, the novel is not a breezy read; it's a quiet, character-driven musing on the value of life and death that lovers of magical realism should embrace but that readers wishing for a more cohesive story will find frustrating."
Five people share a miraculously detailed and disturbing dream in Carroll's latest speculative fiction (The Woman Who Married a Cloud, 2012, etc.). Their experience sparks a need to understand their roles in a cosmic drama played out over eons.Read full book review >
BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Whiffs of the paranormal and Southern Gothic traditions imbue this mystery, and the ending has genuine emotional resonance too: This engaging debut should enjoy a wide audience. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A small Southern town harbors a haunted swamp that has the power to steal people and memories. Read full book review >

LOOP by Karen Akins
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Future and past selves provide a creative take on romance in a high-stakes, high-concept mystery that trusts its readers' intelligence. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Time-traveling, 23rd-century Bree creates a multiple-century mess that uncovers a conspiracy and, possibly, true love. Read full book review >
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
As the Raven Boys grow closer to their goal of finding the Welsh king Glendower, not surprisingly, problems arise in this third book of a planned four-volume series. Read full book review >
FISH TAILS by Sheri S. Tepper
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A sad patchwork of plot scraps from Tepper's previous, and superior, works."
Tepper continues a slow procession toward aquatic apocalypse in this follow-up to The Waters Rising (2010). Read full book review >
THE ABYSS BEYOND DREAMS by Peter F. Hamilton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Solidly engrossing fare for the series' faithful."
Doorstopper—not that Hamilton writes anything else—first entry of a new two-book saga set in his popular Commonwealth universe (The Evolutionary Void, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >
THE ICE DRAGON by George R.R. Martin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Adult fans will find neither gore nor sex, but kids will find an evocative original fairy tale with an unexpectedly complex protagonist. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
In a clear attempt to capitalize on the wild popularity of the HBO series Game of Thrones,Martin's 1980 novella sees a second repackaging with new illustrations by Royo, replacing the 2006 edition illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert. Read full book review >
TRUTH INSURRECTED by Daniel P. Douglas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A multigenre espionage tale that's unquestionably entertaining."
In Douglas' debut sci-fi thriller, an anonymous source puts a former FBI agent on the trail of a government conspiracy involving aliens. Read full book review >
TWIN FLAMES by Tanja  Kobasic
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Sisterly drama combines with a generous dosing of the supernatural in this intricate adventure for fans of urban fantasy."
The second book in Kobasic's (Vanishing Twin, 2014, etc.) urban fantasy series about conjoined sisters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >