Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

PROFESSOR WHISKERTON PRESENTS STEAMPUNK ABC by Lisa Falkenstern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though just a context-void bagatelle for actual children, perhaps teen and adult steampunk enthusiasts will take a look. (Picture book. 12 & up)"
Here's another ABC book that takes an unusual theme and manipulates the device for a very sophisticated audience. Read full book review >
SUNRISE by Mike Mullin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching. (Speculative fiction. 14 & up)"
Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy. Read full book review >

TRANSHUMAN by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Bova is usually good company, but this unabashed potboiler barely reaches tepid."
Scientific thriller from the author of New Earth (2013). Read full book review >
UNWRAPPED SKY by Rjurik Davidson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A yarn that's easy to admire but hard to warm to, although readers who enjoyed the related stories will certainly wish to investigate."
First novel from the author of the collection The Library of Forgotten Books (2011), which contained several stories in the same setting. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A bloody good way to end a trilogy. (discussion questions) (Horror. 14 & up)"
Vampire Allie, one of the genre's toughest heroines, returns with one last chance to save both vampire- and humankind in this conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. Read full book review >

THE VOODOO BREAST by Eve Wallinga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The Big Easy stars in this affecting novel about a couple's unusual route to redemption."
A paranormal novel set in jazz-filled New Orleans. Read full book review >
THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"This quirky tale of love and time travel demands that readers totally suspend disbelief to enjoy some of the more contrived plot elements. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
In a stark departure, Brashares, of Traveling Pants fame, returns with a lightning-paced sci-fi time-travel romp that, much like a cinematic blockbuster, offers intrigue, romance and a healthy dose of implausibility. Read full book review >
TURTLE RECALL by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Won't do you much good if you haven't read any of the Discworld books. But then, if you haven't—why haven't you?"
From Pratchett (Dodger's Guide to London, 2014, etc.) and collaborator Briggs: the fourth incarnation of the Discworld Companion, which is essentially an encyclopedia of a fictional world—perhaps the most popular and deservedly acclaimed fantasy creation of them all. Read full book review >
SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Read full book review >
THE KLAATU TERMINUS by Pete Hautman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Stories aren't required to provide answers to the big questions they raise about faith, choice, identity and responsibility, but these deserve better than to be dismissed with an uncaring shrug. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A dazzlingly imaginative science-fiction trilogy, spanning the rise and fall of religions, civilizations and the human race itself, deflates into an oddly pedestrian conclusion. Read full book review >
TOXIC HEART by Theo Lawrence
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"An electric, futuristic fantasy with loads of action, heartbreak and one delicious gold-lamé cat suit. (Urban fantasy/science fiction. 14 & up)"
Averting the vindictive intent of a greedy family while longing for the affection of an absent paramour can give a revolutionary girl heartburn. Read full book review >
ROBOT UPRISINGS by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Philip K. Dick would be proud, in any event. You'll never look at your Roomba the same way again."
Fun fact: According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as of 2010 there were 8.6 million robots in the world. Fun scenario: They're all out to kill us. Read full book review >