Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

WATER SLEEPS by Glen Cook
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 1999

"Tough, gritty gloom-and-doom that should entertain the fans while remaining impenetrable to outsiders."
This outing for the Black Company—either the eighth or the ninth, depending on how you count—completes the Glittering Stone trilogy (She is the Darkness, 1997; Bleak Seasons, 1996). Read full book review >
THE JACKAL OF NAR by John Marco
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 9, 1999

"An absorbing, deftly plotted, forgivably overlong debut with promising character developments and a well-rounded, satisfying end."
Jumbo fantasy, the first of a series entitled Tyrants and Kings, from newcomer Marco. Read full book review >

DOUBLE FULL MOON LIGHT by Gentry Lee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 9, 1999

"Neither the desultory plot nor the plodding prose generates much narrative tension: imaginative, sometimes, but this unengaging space odyssey's mostly just pointless."
Lee's sequel to Bright Messengers (1995) comes with a solid synopsis: eight years previously, engineer Johann Eberhardt, some Martian colonists, and a number of saintly Michaelite nuns, previously tantalized by particle-ribbon beings that the nuns regard as angels, entered a strange spacecraft and were whisked off into the unknown. Read full book review >
A BOY AND HIS TANK by Leo Frankowski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1999

"Despite the high-tech whiz-bangs and extended history lesson, a deflating variant on the 'he fell out of bed and woke up' scenario: competently wrought but rather YA-ish, with teenagers the likely target audience."
By the 22nd century, the Wealthy Nations Group relieves overpopulation by persuading ethnic or religious minority groups to colonize planets of their own. Read full book review >
DRAGONSHADOW by Barbara Hambly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1999

"Beautifully concise, adroitly plotted, inventive, and insightful: a wrenching affair that works its barbed pleasures ever deeper into the enthralled, horrified reader."
From the author of Icefalcon's Quest (1998), among others, a sequel to Dragonsbane. Read full book review >

THE DEMON APOSTLE by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1999

"A solid conclusion to this popular trilogy, even though, disappointingly, Salvatore chooses a trite and rather obvious method of setting up yet more sequels. (Author tour)"
Third part of Salvatore's trilogy following The Demon Awakens (1997) and The Demon Spirit (1998). Read full book review >
NOT EXACTLY THE THREE MUSKETEERS by Joel Rosenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"A graphically, sometimes nauseatingly detailed gut-ripper with a carefully crafted backdrop, a picaresque but otherwise rudimentary plot, and few attempts at originality: should please Flame fans."
the three vaguely resemble Dumas's immortal trio in that they value honor above all: dim-witted redhead Kethol gambles and likes to rescue damsels in distress; huge swordsman Durine prefers to seek out whores; ugly Pirojil likes his beer. Read full book review >
A CLASH OF KINGS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 9, 1999

"And since this one tips the scales at a gargantuan 896 pages, you can build up your biceps as you read."
Second installment of Martin's fantasy —A Song of Ice and Fire,— following A Game of Thrones (1996), that enormous yarn about the strife-torn Seven Kingdoms and the various powerful families that aspire to rule them. Read full book review >
STEP INTO CHAOS by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Gripping, scientifically lucid space adventure, told in a terse, snazzy style with plenty of cliff-hanging incidents: overall, much the best of the various series (Star Treks; the sleuthing Tek yarns; the grumpy-but-lovable diplomat Benton Hawkes novels) appearing under the Shatner letterhead."
Third in the Quest for Tomorrow novels (In Alien Hands, 1997) and, logically, a wrap, though the publishers continue to bill it as a series. Read full book review >
MINIONS OF THE MOON by Richard Bowes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"More promising than successful, with its many thinly dramatized characters all but demanding a scorecard to be kept straight."
Strange, symbolic first novel about addiction and a gay antique-toys dealer with a very substantial alter ego. Read full book review >
NIMISHA'S SHIP by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Might just about satisfy McCaffrey's least critical fans."
New, independent sf from McCaffrey (Freedom's Challenge, 1998, etc.) Read full book review >
DOG EAT DOG by Jerry Jay Carroll
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"An amusing, featherweight spoof of sex-and-money political novels, with good triumphing only because evil has its price."
A whimsical sequel to Carroll's Top Dog (1996) pits reformed greenmailer (and diehard dog lover) Bogey Ingersoll against satanic plotters who want to elect a malevolent billionaire to the Presidency. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >