Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

HALF THE DAY IS NIGHT by Maureen F. McHugh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"If only the suspense were as real, this novel would be splendid."
David Dai is nervous about his new job. Read full book review >
SHAME OF MAN by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Edutainment' for sound-bite mentalities."
The second of Anthony's uncircumscribed rants against humanity's plundering of the Earth's resources is structured, like its predecessor (Isle of Woman, 1993), as a succession of story-chapters propped up by expository paragraphs in which Anthony's tsk-tsking is all but audible. Read full book review >

CALDÉ OF THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Readers who have already been on The Whorl for the first two books of the series will plunge happily into this installment."
The resumption of the far-future Book of the Long Sun series starring Patera Silk in the city of Viron aboard the giant spaceship The Whorl. Read full book review >
HAPPY POLICEMAN by Patricia Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Consequently, the impact is markedly less than that of her splendid previous novels."
Another existential, aliens-among-us oddity from the author of Conscience of the Beagle (1993). Read full book review >
ARC LIGHT by Eric L. Harry
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A grim tale which so successfully evokes the bleakness and terror of an impending world war that it could depress contemplative readers while titillating those just out for techno- thrills."
Harry's first novel is all gloom and doom, an appropriate tone for his World War III scenario. Read full book review >

SPLATTERPUNKS II by Paul M. Sammon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This exercise in combining incongruous media elements into one discordant whole could be the real cutting edge—but Sammon dulls it in introductory passages whose smugness and hipster wannabe posturing frequently undermine the authors' contributions."
A mosaic of viscera, excrement, sex, and degradation whirls before our eyes in this anthology of stories and essays that run the gamut from lame and pretentious to genuinely stunning. Read full book review >
THE GODMOTHER by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Scarborough (Last Refuge, 1992, etc.) attempts charm in this slight story, but alas, what comes out instead is saccharine and hokey."
Rose Samson is a Seattle social worker struggling with an increased caseload, vanishing resources, and the despair that accompanies daily contact with murder, child molestation, drug traffic, homelessness, and an unrelenting bureaucracy. Read full book review >
THE KING IS DEAD by Paul M. Sammon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Though old curly lip remains an enticing phenomenon, too much bad writing leaves the reader all shook up and itchin like a man on a fuzzy tree."
A tribute to Dead Elvis that ranges from campy and fun to morbid and strange, from inventive and clever to weird and just plain dumb. Read full book review >
BLACK THORN, WHITE ROSE by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"No matter which tour you take through this frightening and dark enchanted wood, Datlow and Windling again prove themselves the best guides."
The editors of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror concoct a potent brew of fairy tales spiked with feminism. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >
TRIPOINT by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, well up to previous standards."
An addition to Cherryh's medium-future spacefaring saga (Hellburner, 1992) in which, the Company Wars over, freelance trading vessels crewed by extended families ferociously compete for interstellar shipping contracts. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN CITY by David Eddings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The story's propelled by magic, a kidnapped Queen Ehlana, and the release of a power called Klael — who's so evil that, by comparison, the stuff that slipped out of Pandora's box is spilled milk."
In the third volume of the Tamuli (after The Shining Ones, 1993, etc.), bestselling author Eddings continues his fantasy saga as Sparhawk, knight and good guy, battles the foul God Cyrgon, a very bad guy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >