Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

STARLIGHT 2 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"Dynamic, often exceptional work, highly recommended for readers who can't bear to wait on the various annual 'best-ofs.'"
Another eclectic gathering of 13 all-new tales representing various styles, themes, approaches, and ideas (following Starlight 1, 1996). Read full book review >
BLUE LIGHT by Walter Mosley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

"The result is an ambitious mess, inventive and visionary as Mosley's greatest admirers might wish, but torn between windy prophecy and comic-book heroics."
Mosley leaves the Watts of Easy Rawlins and Socrates Fortlow (Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, 1997) far behind in this extravagant futuristic fantasy of a lucky few San Francisco natives transformed virtually into a new species by rays of unearthly blue light. Read full book review >

MOONSEED by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"But the padding (too many minor characters and unnecessary scenes) slows the pace to a crawl. (Movie rights to The Bridge Production Company)"
Another massive near-future, near-space yarn from the author of Voyage (1997). Read full book review >
GREEN RIDER by Kristen Britain
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast."
Karigan G'ladheon, unjustly suspended from school for drubbing a bully, runs away instead. Read full book review >
THE DEER'S CRY by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Absolutely essential or utterly irrelevant, depending on your point of view."
A new addition—or, better yet, insertion—to Kennealy-Morrison's sprawling saga about the space empire of Keltia. Read full book review >

RED GRASS RIVER by James Carlos Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Sex and drawlin' dialogue that don't give a damn about real English, along with big whiffs of piney-fresh description, gusts of gunfire, and howling action like a night in a cathouse during a hurricane. (Author tour)"
Prohibition, bloodshed, rum-running, and gang wars by a master of historical detail and thunderous storytelling (In the Rogue Blood, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Nothing later on matches it in a volume that's otherwise an exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers."
A whopping collection of 30 stories, narrative poems, and unclassifiable briefer pieces from the peerlessly inventive British-born co-editor/creator of The Sandman graphic novel series and last year's terrific fantasy Neverwhere. Read full book review >
THE OUTLANDERS by David B. Coe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Typically long-winded but reasonably innovative and engaging."
Second entry in a projected fantasy trilogy (The Children of Amarid, 1997) about the attempted invasion of rural, magic-powered Tobyn-Ser by technology-powered, industrialized Lon-Ser. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Deserves the Cosmotic Greatheart Medal of Oz from the Wizard. (N.B.: Probably not harmful for children.)"
First-novelist/polymath Gardner (essays:The Night Is Large, 1996, etc.) undertakes a sequel to L. Frank Baum's Oz story (on the occasion of its 100th birthday) and comes up with a winner. Read full book review >
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE by Jerry B. Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"Part of the delight here is Tom's analytical mind at work on what seems sheer fantasy: a love story not be left behind when orders for inspirational titles are filled out. (Author tour)"
Charming Christmas novel for cynics. Read full book review >
TEA FROM AN EMPTY CUP by Pat Cadigan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"The murder mystery's well constructed and often absorbing—but AR is no different from VR, and the intractable problem remains: when anything can happen, how is it possible to care when something does?"
Near/medium-future cyberpunk yarn from the author of the paperback Fools (1992), etc., and numerous well-known stories. Read full book review >
FUTURE ON ICE by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Quality material, if a dollar over and a decade late."
A collection originally intended as a companion to the 1989 volume Future on Fire (not seen), a showcase of 1980s science fiction stories; editor Card remarks on the hiatus but offers no explanation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >