Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Tearing Down The Statues by Brian Bennudriti
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Rococo worldbuilding and sci-fi fantasy for the adventurous reader, relayed in language and description bordering on the experimental."
As an incredible realm sinks deeper and deeper into anarchy and warfare, a strange group of pilgrims embarks on an enigmatic mission. Read full book review >
Sir Coffin Graves (Book 2) by Leinad Platz
Released: April 18, 2016

"A highly charged fantasy tale about God-chosen warriors fighting evil forces intent on destruction."
A young man imbued with superpowers must fight to save the world from the man he once thought was his father. Read full book review >

A CITY DREAMING by Daniel Polansky
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Anyone with even the slightest interest in genre fiction should be delighted by this whacked-out fantasy novel."
A magician returns to an alternate-universe version of New York City to settle squabbles between two warring queens, battle his nemesis, and save the world. Read full book review >
THE DEMON GIRL'S SONG  by Susan Jane Bigelow
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With a tighter editorial hand, this book could have been captivating. (map) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
According to ancient demon lore, the ghost of a recently deceased emperor takes his successor as a host in order to ensure continuity of power, but somehow Emperor Askar Molasca's ghost finds his new home in the body of 17-year-old Andín dal Rovi, a feisty Antrimanian girl. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Ferocious and intelligent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In this intriguing epic fantasy, the magic used to control limited resources eventually corrupts the social order as well. Read full book review >

TREACHERY'S TOOLS  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Breaks little new ground, but a solid, involving entry in a worthwhile, occasionally outstanding series."
Tenth (Madness in Solidar, 2015, etc.) in the Imager series: think an early modern France where magic, or "imaging," requires precise visualization of technique and result. We pick up the previous timeline 13 years later. Read full book review >
ZERO-G by William Shatner
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Zero stars."
A near-future spy thriller set in space from Star Trek's Shatner (Leonard, 2016, etc.) and prolific co-writer Rovin (The Sound of Seas, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
The Mothersea by Stephen Renneberg

"Everything a great sci-fi novel should be: visionary, immersive, and thematically profound."
Renneberg's (In Earth's Service, 2015, etc.) stellar sci-fi sequel to 2013's The Mothership tells a story of alien contact and conflict, and serves as a prequel of sorts to his epic Mapped Space series.Read full book review >
NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A sensuous, shades-of-moral-gray world; a compelling, passionate heroine; a high-stakes quest for revenge—this is a fantasy fans won't be able to put down."
A dark and bloody fantasy about a young woman bent on revenge—at almost any price. Read full book review >
Al-Kabar by Lee French
Released: Aug. 30, 2015

"An absorbing fantasy novel that delivers many satisfactions."
In French's (Superheroes in Denim, 2016, etc.) fantasy novel, a young woman gains magical powers and sets out to avenge her slaughtered family.Read full book review >
Water Music by Christopher Botkin
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"A fantasy novel creates an engrossing, original world, even if the story about a powerful wanderer veers off course in its second half."
A talented outcast with the ability to speak to animals leaves his simple, close-knit society to explore other lands, meet unfamiliar civilizations, and engage new ideas about love, reality, and death. Read full book review >
What Lies Beyond? by Howard Dimond
Released: March 31, 2016

"Readers who have followed Michael and Oats' long search will likely enjoy this latest installment, but newcomers to the series should start at the beginning."
Two pals continue their quest for scientific and religious truths while their friends prepare for major life changes in Dimond's sequel to By Accident or Design (2014). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >