Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

4 Note Chronicles of the Celestial Warriors: Aura by M C B
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"Though dotted with occasional surprises, the book as a whole struggles to keep readers engaged."
A brother and sister find themselves in adventurous combat in MCB's (4 Note Chronicles of the Celestial Warriors: Legacy, 2013) fantasy sequel. Read full book review >
WHEN IT'S A JAR by Tom Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"Shapeless, demented and frequently hilarious."
Another British-accented comic fantasy, a sequel to Doughnut (2013), whose entire plot revolves around the ancient riddle, the answer to which is the book's title. Read full book review >

FIAT by Jeffrey D. Schlaman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A passionate novel that warns of a coming economic apocalypse."
A dystopian novel about the collapse of the American financial superstructure. Read full book review >
UNEARTHED by Karen Seymour
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A worthy contribution to the earthbound fantasy genre."
The awakening of a reluctant but resilient fantasy heroine. Read full book review >
The Rings of Elpída by Dylan Huntington
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"Steers clear of the traditional visually rich sci-fi style, but is so strong in concept that it's bound to linger in readers' minds."
In the author's debut sci-fi novel, inhabiting another planet with intelligent life may be the solution for saving humanity, if a small group of university students can survive. Read full book review >

BETRAYAL OF DESTINY by J. Seab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 13, 2013

"A fantasy tale that offers some intriguing characters and plotlines but lacks a strong central focus to tie them all together. "
In the land of Etus, disparate heroes and rogues embark on separate adventures that alter the course of their destinies in Seab's debut dystopian fantasy novel. Read full book review >
INTO THE FRAY by Aderyn Lonigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2013

"An ambitious, daring love story set in a standard fantasy plot that has yet to reach epic heights."
A debut novel, the first in a planned series, which seamlessly weds the love story of two women to a traditional fantasy tale. Read full book review >
THE DOCTOR AND THE DINOSAURS by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Delightful—a potential blockbuster lacking only a hearty plot to match the highly impressive personalities and setting."
Another of Resnick's Weird West fantasy yarns (The Buntline Special, 2010, etc.) starring consumptive dentist/sharpshooter Doc Holliday and an eye-popping selection of other historical characters. Read full book review >
KALEIDOCIDE by Dave Swavely
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"A less than riveting sequel."
In this sequel to Silhouette (2012), Michael Ares, the boss of Bay Area Security Service, the private corporation that runs the independent, post-disaster San Francisco Bay area, faces a prolonged series of assassination attempts. Read full book review >
YEAR'S BEST SF 18 by David G. Hartwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Almost uniformly excellent—but then when was an anthology from Hartwell ever less?"
Award-winning editor/anthologist Hartwell rounds up a sparkling selection of science-fiction stories from 2012. Read full book review >
THE NEW KING by Martin McAlear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

In the authors' debut medieval fantasy, a newly established kingdom finds that it isn't immune to the machinations of rival leaders. Read full book review >
APEX PREDATOR by Kelvin Kwa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2013

"A thriller with the speed and precision of a tightly edited action film, headlined by a colossal monster that could give the kraken a run for its money."
Chinese soldiers and Navy SEALs race to retrieve a fallen satellite in the Arctic Circle only to discover a common enemy in a gigantic sea creature in Kwa's debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >