Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

AN ARMORY OF SWORDS by Fred Saberhagen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Nonessential but agreeable entertainment for Lost Swords fans, with Saberhagen himself—perhaps inevitably—stealing the show."
Eight substantial tales set in the same world, and employing the same devices, as Saberhagen's generally above-average Lost Swords tales (concluded with The Last Book of Swords, 1993). Read full book review >
CITY OF BONES by Martha Wells
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A bravura performance, to which no summary can do justice: compellingly plotted, stunningly original in concept, and glowing with utterly convincing detail."
In Wells's new fantasy (The Element of Fire, 1993, not seen), the Ancient Mages nearly destroyed the world with flame and lava a thousand years ago, leaving a vast desert of rock and sand dotted with mysterious jutting Remnants. Read full book review >

BRIGHT MESSENGERS by Gentry Lee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"The greater failure here is one of imagination."
The first solo effort, and start of an alien-contact series, from Arthur C. Clarke's collaborator on Rama Revealed (1994), etc. On Earth, a mysterious ribbon of white particles appears to Sister Beatrice of the Order of St. Read full book review >
PASQUALE'S ANGEL by Paul J. McAuley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Minutely observed, with a fascinating mÇlange of historical and imaginary characters—yet for all its hard work: dismal, forbidding, and tough to get involved with."
The science-fiction subgenre of Victorian ``steampunk'' is well-established—but what might McAuley's latest mind-boggling venture (Red Dust, 1994, etc.), which places the Industrial Revolution back in Renaissance Italy, be called? Read full book review >
CELESTIS by Paul Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Thoughtful, unsettling, and provocative; a pity that Park (The Cult of Loving Kindness, 1991, etc.) didn't develop the underlying ecological assumptions with greater rigor and clarity."
Humans fleeing an ecologically and socially collapsing Earth have founded a colony on Celestis, a planet that keeps one face turned toward its primary. Read full book review >

ARMED MEMORY by Jim Young
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Young's concept, while not new, certainly exerts its fascinations; but his punkish romp, with its uncertain moods and lack of real imaginative commitment, barely scratches the surface of the possibilities here."
Young's second outing (his first appeared, obscurely, 15 years ago) is set in the 21st century and concerns ``microding''—i.e, altering the human body through genetic manipulation mediated by viruses. Read full book review >
ILL WIND by Kevin J. Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Style and characterization are often clunky, but the fast- moving story pushes all the right emotional buttons for mass success: It's almost un-put-downable."
A big, near-future disaster novel straddling the border between science fiction and technothriller, likely to appeal to fans of both. Read full book review >
PILLAR OF FIRE by Judith Tarr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"Tarr's hard-to-swallow revisionist Exodus ends up neither engaging nor persuasive."
Tarr's latest historical is again set in Egypt (Throne of Isis, 1994, etc.), this time in the reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten, that puzzling figure who attempted to introduce monotheism to Egypt and was succeeded by the boy-king TutankhatenTutankhamon. Read full book review >
THE BAKER'S BOY by J.V. Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A so-so debut for those with a preference for large doses of hardworking, orthodox fantasy."
First of a trilogymeaning the initial, unresolved, third of a sprawling fantasy debut. Read full book review >
KAMIKAZE L'AMOUR by Richard Kadrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Near-future sex-drugs-rock-'n'-roll extravaganza and hardcover debut for the author of Metrophage (1987). Read full book review >
STARMIND by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Third in the trilogy (Starseed, 1991, etc.) about the Stardancers, human-alien symbiotes who are able to live unprotected in space, and who can share a mingled consciousness as and when they wish. Read full book review >
THE LION OF AL-RASSAN by Guy Gavriel Kay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

"A notch below Kay's peak form, but still on a higher level of artistry than the work of almost any other current fantasy writer."
Kay's recent work has built up fantasy worlds based on Mediterranean models: Tigana (1990) was modeled on Italy, A Song For Arbonne (1993) on Provence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >