Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Marsco Triumphant by James A. Zarzana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2016

"Compulsively readable military sci-fi with a strong humanist side that isn't overwhelmed by bloodshed and doomsday weapons."
Zarzana's (The Marsco Dissident, 2013) bravura second installment in his ongoing saga continues his broad-canvas approach to political power plays, betrayals, and invasions at the end of the 21st century. Read full book review >
Demons of the Hallowed Dome by C.F. Sheridan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2016

"An effective spacefaring tale with plenty of morsels for genre fans."
In Sheridan's sci-fi debut, the first of a planned trilogy, humanity's military forces fight back against an alien species, but there may be a bigger threat in play. Read full book review >

The Smallest Angel by Richard Seib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2016

"While slow at times, this sentimental book about a mysterious woman nevertheless manages plenty of surprises and an overall uplifting message."
A sci-fi novel explores the importance of faith in a violent world. Read full book review >
Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"An ambitious, ardent launch that sets a stellar precedent for installments to follow."
In Rogers' debut, the first book of a planned sci-fi series, a prime minister's daughter may be the key to evading an interstellar war. Read full book review >
Infinity by Jus Accardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters."
A rebellious teenager discovers a family secret that involves hopping between dimensions and confronts a dangerous killer in Accardo's (Embraced, 2015, etc.) latest novel, the first in a series.Read full book review >

Half Mortal by Heidi Garrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Dynamic characters choose sides on the battlefield and in their hearts, aptly setting the stage for the next book."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a half faerie must decide whether incarnating a wicked entity will stop a fiendish princess from seizing the throne in the Realm of Faerie. Read full book review >
ALTERED STARSCAPE by Ian Douglas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Not Douglas' finest opening statement, but fans should be engrossed enough to come back for more."
Space war trouper Douglas (Deep Time, 2015, etc.) pilots a new alien-warfare series into furious action powered by intriguing speculation. Read full book review >
A Million to One by Tony Faggioli
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A fast-paced sequel involving angelic and demonic machinations that's not for the faint of heart or stomach."
A second helping of a trilogy cooks up countless horrors and paranormal events. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction."
In this anthology, Liu offers an assortment of the short fiction he's translated, along with three short essays about Chinese science fiction. Read full book review >
World Saver by Neal Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"What begins as a YA adventure becomes a stellar rumination on the individual's place in the world."
Goldstein, Neal WORLD SAVER In this YA sci-fi debut, a teen visits his aunt's spiritual retreat to curb his video-gaming only to learn his favorite game is more real than he imagined. Read full book review >
Click...Kill by S. Snyder-Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2015

"While offering intriguing elements, this mind-control thriller lacks a convincing premise."
In this alternative history/sci-fi novel, a woman vows to re-create her husband's invention, which could be a powerful weapon. Read full book review >
The Crossroads of Space and Time by Charles Nickerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 13, 2015

"A bumpy, unpredictable journey through unexplored regions of science fiction."
Nickerson (The Empress Angelina's Quest, 2015, etc.) offers the second installment in a sci-fi series about a race of advanced, bearlike creatures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >