Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE VANGUARD CHRONICLES by Lawrence Menard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 24, 2012

"An old-fashioned, can-do, pulp sci-fi planetary romp with few subtleties or moral shadings."
In this debut sci-fi novel, intrepid survivors of the human race land on a distant world and find that they're not alone—in more ways than one. Read full book review >
THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >

BLOOD FATHER by Tessa Dawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2014

"Love letter to Blood Curse fans, but new readers are invited, too."
In the sixth volume of Dawn's Blood Curse series, the Silivasi brothers learn the whereabouts of their father. Read full book review >
A Draemorian Chronicle by Sebastien Leonard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2014

"Imaginative fantasy, but the history often weighs down, rather than supports, its characters."
Tracking centuries of history across multiple civilizations, Leonard's debut novel entangles forces angelic, demonic, and technological into a skein of interlinked short stories and journal entries. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOK EVER WRITTEN by Jonah Kruvant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"A bit familiar, but exciting nonetheless."
In a future dictatorship, detective Victor Vale starts questioning authority when, to infiltrate a dissident cell, he goes undercover as a writer. Read full book review >

Siv & The Blood Moon by Geoffrey Leigh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"This inventive, tightly plotted debut will entertain fantasy lovers of any age."
This fantasy debut follows an outcast dwarf as she's caught up in an epic battle for the realm of Lavendelle. Read full book review >
Oversight by Thomas Claburn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2015

"An invigorating sci-fi mystery that's so plugged in it may leave readers' brains buzzing."
An investigator uncovers a conspiracy to launch a viral attack in Claburn's (Reflecting Fires, 2001) sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >
THE DOOMSDAY EQUATION by Matt Richtel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A solid if unremarkable technological thriller noteworthy for its strangely unlikable—and compellingly strange—protagonist."
It's the end of the world as he knows it, and he feels smug. Read full book review >
SOLOMON'S ARROW by J. Dalton Jennings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"The material for an enjoyable old-school sci-fi adventure is here, including big questions about humanity's ultimate purpose in the universe, but most readers won't be able to get past the book's flaws long enough to consider those questions."
A sci-fi action-adventure story about humanity's attempt to colonize a distant planet. Read full book review >
At The Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A fantasy series starter that hardly scratches the surface, but its vivid descriptions and remarkable characters will have readers hunting for the next installment."
Sprites find themselves in mortal danger when connections between parallel worlds start to wither in Bates' debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
THE SILVER SHIPS by S.H. Jucha
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A good, meat-and-potatoes space-opera adventure."
In Jucha's debut sci-fi novel, a bright, pragmatic starship captain from a far-future human-colonized world finds his life changed by an exciting, ominous discovery in deep space. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >