Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

CARDBOARD SOLDIERS by James G. Scotson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 22, 2014

"Part Matrix, part Lord of the Flies, and thoroughly engaging in its own right."
In Scotson's (Planets Falling: Earth and Mars Saga, 2014) imaginative dystopian sci-fi novel, a young boy is taken out of a troubled childhood to train as an elite soldier. Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF STEVEN by Steven T. Stevenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A strangely effective blend: an optimistic book about suicide."
A fast-paced fantasy novel about suicide and what comes after. Read full book review >

THE FADING by T.K. Lamb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"The story of a man's relatively sad life, but with enough preternatural occurrences to attract genre fans."
In Lamb's debut supernatural drama, a man is plagued by recurring images and dreams of a ghost, a demon, or perhaps something else entirely. Read full book review >
THE LIMINAL WAR by Ayize Jama-Everett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"An engaging sequel that sets its likable cast of characters against a fast-paced sequence of dangers while making an admirable effort to offer a more diverse vision of the superpower narrative."
In a sequel to his first novel (The Liminal People, 2012), Jama-Everett offers a story about a scrappy group of people with superpowers who careen through a criminal underground, the space-time continuum, and frequently outrageous battles to rescue a young woman who's gone missing.Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW QUEEN by Elizabeth Haydon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"Will probably satisfy the fans, but, given the enormous, complex back story with its potentially fascinating, still-unexplored regions, it could and should have done more."
Eighth and final part of Haydon's Symphony of Ages series (The Merchant Emperor, 2014, etc.)—which may come as a surprise to readers anticipating a more protracted conclusion. Read full book review >

ANCIENT APPETITES by Oisín McGann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A slow story of a dysfunctional dynasty with little plot but a lot of plotting. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Internecine squabbles fill this first book in a series. Read full book review >
OBLIVION by Kelly Creagh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 28, 2015

"A romantic, hard-fought conclusion that should please fans. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The conclusion to the gothic paranormal-romance trilogy started in Nevermore (2010).Read full book review >
BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant, passable diversion that never quite conquers its tropes or pitfalls."
A young woman's past catches up with her in a magic, recently colonized new world in this historical fantasy from Mahoney (Fellow Mortals, 2013).Read full book review >
SAINT WALLY by Courtney Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A black comedy about religion and the afterlife, written like a blockbuster action film."
In Taylor's debut novel, a down-to-earth guy is swept up in a berserk afterlife adventure. Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL OF LOKI by Joanne M. Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"If not exactly fresh, certainly a rich, in-depth addition to the modern mythic canon."
If everything you know about Loki begins and ends with the actor Tom Hiddleston, this book is for you. Read full book review >
THE EVOLUTION OF ROBERT CARR by Paul K Lovett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"A somewhat uneven sci-fi tale that admirably handles weighty philosophical concepts with a light touch."
In Lovett's debut sci-fi satire, a young man's technological upgrade doesn't go as expected. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >