Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

FROGKISSER! by Garth Nix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Great fun with heart. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Princess Anya goes questing to fulfill a promise to her sister. Read full book review >
THE WRONG DEAD GUY  by Richard Kadrey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A goofy, flamboyant, and breathless horror adventure by one of the genre's sharpest creators."
Supernatural agent "Coop" Cooper returns in an overstuffed, hyperkinetic sequel to The Everything Box (2016). Read full book review >

The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >
THE SONG RISING by Samantha Shannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tantalizing, otherworldy adventure with imagination that burns like fire."
The third installment of this fantasy series (The Bone Season, 2013; The Mime Order, 2015) expands the reaches of the fight against Scion far beyond London. Read full book review >
THE ERSTWHILE by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Fans of The Vorrh will enjoy journeying deeper into the dark heart of its world, but many fantasy fans will still find this book slow and murky."
A magical-realist tale of people, and other sorts of beings, struggling to transform themselves and the world. Read full book review >

SEVEN SURRENDERS by Ada Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"Rich food for thought; perhaps not entirely digestible."
War and chaos loom in this conclusion to the story begun in Too Like the Lightning (2016), in which a child with godlike powers disrupts a supposedly serene future society built on Enlightenment principles. Read full book review >
THE MOON AND THE OTHER by John Kessel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"This is a fun diversion for sci-fi fans even if it doesn't quite manage to make any profound statements on gender or political oppression."
A political and family drama set in two very different colonies on the moon—one patriarchal, one matriarchal. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by Demitria Lunetta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"A thoroughly enjoyable contemporary Gothic. (Paranormal suspense. 13 & up)"
Grappling with self-harm, a white teen confronts connections to a dark and distant past, family secrets, and magic. Read full book review >
HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant, classic, and vivid fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A rich, Russian-influenced retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." Read full book review >
NEW YORK 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"A post-disaster fairy tale that's light on plot and heavy on improbable coincidences but a thoroughly enjoyable exercise in worldbuilding, written with a cleareyed love for the city's past, present, and future."
The Big Apple persists, despite climactic disasters that have flooded the lower floors of New York City's buildings and turned the metropolis into a so-called "SuperVenice." Read full book review >
SHADOW RUN by AdriAnne Strickland
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 21, 2017

"Readers will want to join Qole's crew. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A hotshot spaceship captain and a corporate space-prince find common enemies and aligning goals. Read full book review >
THE COLLAPSING EMPIRE by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2017

"Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure."
In the first of a new series, brutal politics and pitiless physics threaten an interstellar empire built on trade. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >