Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing."
Horror, noir, fantasy, politics, and poetry swirl into combinations as satisfying intellectually as they are emotionally. Read full book review >
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Swanwick's approaching top form, and this one's just too good to miss."
A new entry in Swanwick's picaresque post-apocalyptic series, following Dancing with Bears (2011) and various short stories.Read full book review >

THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy."
In the sixth Old Man's War novel, a direct sequel to The Human Division (2013), human and alien governments on the brink of war must foil the secret cabal that pushed them there.Read full book review >
THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Once again, a highly impressive must-read."
Second part of an alien-contact trilogy (The Three-Body Problem, 2014) from China's most celebrated science-fiction author.Read full book review >
NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Another fine effort from Belcher, ripped from a dark, dark place."
Belcher takes a break from occult Westerns (Shotgun Arcana, 2014, etc.) with this blood-soaked contemporary urban fantasy featuring a gray-hat protagonist cut from the mold of John Constantine and Sandman Slim.Read full book review >

RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds."
Valente imagines an alternate solar system and sends her heroine, a filmmaker, to Venus, where she disappears. Read full book review >
LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >
THE SHADOW BEHIND THE STARS by Rebecca Hahn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Shattering and transcendent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
From the author of the radiant A Creature of Moonlight (2014), a heartbreaking fantasy tackles life's big questions.Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >
BEASTLY BONES by William Ritter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A witty and weird adventure equal parts Sherlock and Three Stooges. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Normal teen and abnormal detective unearth more paranormal mysteries in this fast-paced sequel to Jackaby (2014).Read full book review >
THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Slyly humorous, starkly thought-provoking, passionate, and compassionate—and impeccably written to boot: not to be missed. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Once there was war, until an artificial intelligence named Talis took over the world. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >