Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews


"A mad masala of mythology and absurd mayhem that takes an unexpectedly poignant twist."
Thekkumthala's magical-realist comic-cosmic phantasmagoria welcomes readers to a bizarre community in India, where a notoriously haunted landmark mansion sees UFO aliens, disappearances, drug crimes, murder, and madcap paranormal phenomena. Read full book review >
Blade Singer by Aaron De Orive
Released: June 24, 2014

"A sophisticated, tightly paced YA swashbuckler."
In Wells (Stories of the Raksura, 2015, etc.) and De Orive's (SHARD RPG Basic Compendium, 2009) YA fantasy, a teenager travels to a volatile, magical realm populated by elves and trolls and featuring an enchanted blade.Read full book review >

Gol by J.W. Webb
Released: July 28, 2015

"An appealing tale set in an enchanted realm offers blunt prose and vivid characters in constant motion."
A complex fantasy novel combines a young man's quest, a noblewoman's nightmare, and a long-slumbering demon. Read full book review >
The Stones of Kaldaar by Tameri Etherton
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"A densely packed narrative that moves along at a brisk pace thanks to an appealing heroine with special powers and plenty of intrigue."
An ordinary woman discovers her extraordinary lineage and travels to an enchanted world to fulfill her destiny in this fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Killing Juggernaut by Jared Bernard
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite an overall lack of focus, Bernard's tale still manages to retain a mournful, prophetic power."
It's the end of the world as we know it, and nobody feels fine in Bernard's debut portrayal of humanity's end. Read full book review >

The Optical Lasso by Marc Corwin

"A campy but engrossing adventure."
Corwin tells the story of a soldier and his powerful invention in this debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
Whispers in Eternity by Jacinda Buchmann
Released: May 15, 2015

"A well-crafted love story about music, mortality, and living life to the fullest."
Fantasy author Buchmann (Indigo Infinity, 2014, etc.) begins a new series with a romance that reaches across the border between life and death.Read full book review >
The First by Kipjo Ewers
Released: July 18, 2015

"A fun read but one that's rough around the edges."
In Ewers' (EVO Uprising, 2015) novel, a woman is stronger than steel, can heal almost instantly, and can leap tall buildings in a single bound, but she's not sure if she's a superhero. Read full book review >
In Absence of Fear by Celeste Chaney
Released: Nov. 5, 2015

"A compelling novel to tease readers' paranoia."
Chaney imagines a society under total surveillance in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by D. M. Fife
Released: March 15, 2012

"A new series that fans of smart, action-oriented fantasy can't miss."
In this YA fantasy debut, an average kid begins secret training with the Knights of the Light to battle the Dark. Read full book review >
Monsterland by Michael Phillip Cash
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A signature Cash creation, full of both mayhem and heart."
From the author of Pokergeist (2015) comes a tale of teenagers at a theme park featuring actual zombies, vampires, and werewolves.Read full book review >
The Wizard and the Fairy Princess by H. F.  Galloway
Released: Feb. 21, 2014

"A quick fantasy read with a solid moral underpinning."
Galloway's debut fantasy novella unveils a secret world replete with goblins, a fairy princess, an evil witch, and a magical wizard. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >