Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

STELES OF THE SKY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Considering the trilogy as a whole, the overused term masterpiece justifiably applies."
Wrapping up Bear's complex and beautifully rendered historical-fantasy trilogy (Shattered Pillars, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
SHIPSTAR by Gregory Benford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"With the welcome influx of new ideas, a definite improvement on Volume 1."
The promised sequel to Bowl of Heaven (2012), in which a starship containing would-be colonists encounters a vast bowl-shaped construct that's being steered toward the same destination, using an entire star as its engine. Read full book review >

SEASON OF WONDER by Lisa T. Bergren
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dense, if uneven, religious fantasy. (name pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
In a physically and spiritually war-torn post-apocalyptic world, prophesied warriors bring hope. Read full book review >
DARK EDEN by Chris Beckett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Enjoyable but no blockbuster."
Like Daniel F. Galouye's Dark Universe or Jack Vance's The Blue World, Beckett's (The Peacock Cloak, 2013, etc.) newest is a story of survivors in an alien environment who have more or less forgotten their origins. Read full book review >
THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Unreservedly recommended."
New fantasy from an author who, as Sarah Monette, wrote the Doctrine of Labyrinth series. Read full book review >

ZOMBIES DON'T SURRENDER by Rusty Fischer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"For readers craving lighter—yet still violent and gory—cannibalistic action with a side of self-discovery. (Horror. 13 & up)"
Life at the supersecret good-zombie headquarters, nicknamed Sentinel City by heroine Maddy, is complicated, unsatisfying and short. Read full book review >
DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Despite being speeded to resolution, an ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Destiny and love commingle despite, it sometimes seems, the author's best efforts to prevent them in this culmination to the 1,000-year war between angelic beasts and bestial angels. Read full book review >
DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the end, it's just another violent dystopian series opener for all its yellow-brick veneer, but it's a whole lot more fun than many of its ilk. (Dystopian fantasy. 14 & up)"
When a cyclone deposits a 21st-century Kansas teen in Oz, she and readers discover there've been some changes made. Read full book review >
THE REVOLUTIONS by Felix Gilman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Odd, unsettling, inconclusive."
Magicians with murky motives clash in Gilman's (The Rise of Ransom City, 2012, etc.) peculiar spiritualist fantasy, which incorporates a healthy dash of Edgar Rice Burroughs and perhaps a hint of Lovecraft. Read full book review >
THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers captivated by the setting may enjoy this novel-length setup; they will hope for more plot in the next installment. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The lives of five teens intersect in turn-of-the-20th-century London, the capital of the Franco-British Empire. Read full book review >
THE CRACKS IN THE KINGDOM by Jaclyn Moriarty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Not for the impatient or new reader, but otherwise even better than the first. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Moriarty's latest draws this world and Cello ever closer. Read full book review >
THE BURNING DARK by Adam Christopher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"We are reminded of Doc Ostrow's dying gasp in the classic movie Forbidden Planet (1956): "Monsters, John. Monsters from the Id.""
Space-horror yarn from Christopher (The Age Atomic, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >