Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

KIRINYAGA by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1998

"But problems remain, such as the traditional status of Kikuyu women, whose lot is unremitting toil, enforced ignorance, and genital mutilation."
Another African saga from Resnick (A Miracle of Rare Design, 1994, etc.) comprising nine linked stores (all have appeared before; several have won major awards) about Kirinyaga, the spiritual homeland of Kenya's Kikuyu people. Read full book review >
VIRUS CLANS by Michael Kanaly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1998

"A single unconvincing, hopelessly overextended idea, reminiscent of Greg Bear's Blood Music (1985) and, likewise, completely undramatizable: a schizophrenic washout."
More near-future sf from the author of Thoughts of God (1997). Read full book review >

HAND OF PROPHECY by Severna Park
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1998

"A roaring, clanking bulldozer of a yarn: does the job with its blade, despite the fumes and noise."
Far-future struggle against slavery, from the author of the mass market Speaking Dreams. Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE RIVERS by Harry Turtledove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Historically intriguing, splendidly textured, and full of stimulating ideas, though with two persistent flaws: remarkably stupid gods with no plausible motivations; and Turtledove's habitually vapid characters."
Another alternate-world yarn from an author who specializes in historical might-have-beens (How Few Remain, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
MOONWAR by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1998

"Rousing, inventive, persuasively knotty, with loads of tension and excitement: overall, far more involving and gripping than the previous volume."
Having done all the stage-setting for his near/medium-future lunar saga in Moonrise (1996), Bova slams right into the action in this declaration-of-independence sequel. Read full book review >

THE BOOK OF KNIGHTS by Yves Meynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 1998

"Mildly entertaining, with incidents reminiscent of highly diluted Jack Vance, but otherwise undistinguished."
First English-language fantasy from a Canadian author who hitherto has written in French. Read full book review >
THE TOOTH FAIRY by Graham Joyce
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 1998

"Sharp, freshly imagined, and evocative work, by turns wrenching, funny, and disquieting."
From the author of Requiem (1996): a story about a boy growing up in England in the 1960s—with one singular difference: He's haunted by a demonic Tooth Fairy that only he can see, but whose effects spill over into his family and friends. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR SUMMER by Greg Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 1998

"Amiable, sometimes stirring incident-packed baloney: a yarn that screams I wanna be a movie!"
Fantasy built on a fantasy—in Bear's alternative 1947, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World wasn't fiction, but fact!—mingling real and imaginary characters with a quite unbelievable hodgepodge of defiantly unextinct beasties from the Carboniferous on up. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF THE ANTS by Bernard Werber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 9, 1998

"A tour de force."
Empire Of The Ants ($23.95; Feb. 9; 256 pp.; 0-553-09613-3): First published in France in 1991, this ingenious anthropomorphic fantasy draws disturbing parallels between the rigidly structured ``empire'' in which ants work, multiply, make war, and survive and the less ordered lives of their most dangerous predators: human beings. Read full book review >
PRINCE OF DOGS by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A solidly engrossing addition to a worthwhile series."
Second entry in Elliott's doorstopper fantasy series (King's Dragon, Feb. 1997) set in the old/medieval-Europeflavored kingdom of Wendar. Read full book review >
IN THE GARDEN OF IDEN by Kage Baker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Set it forth in a narrative that sparkles with wit: The upshot is a highly impressive and thoroughly engrossing debut."
The ubiquitous Company is Dr. Zeus, Incorporated; by the year 2335, it owns nearly everything. Read full book review >
FLESH AND GOLD by Phyllis Gotlieb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Overinvolved but unflinching with a splendid array of aliens, motives, and perversions."
First outing for the Canadian poet and writer since Heart of Red Iron (1989). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >