Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 277)

PAST LIVES, PRESENT TENSE by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Amusing idea, engaging outcome."
Editor Scarborough sets the ground rules and provides the scenario for these 15 new stories, namely, what if you recover the personality of anyone who had ever lived? Read full book review >
DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES by Brian Herbert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 12, 1999

"In a word, satisfying: all Dune fans will want to investigate, newcomers will be tempted, and it should promote fresh interest in the magnificent original series. (Author tour)"
Since Frank Herbert, author of the mighty Dune series (ending with Chapterhouse: Dune, 1985) died in 1986, rumors have been circulating that his son Brian (Sudanna, Sudanna, 1985) would continue the saga. Read full book review >

THE RIVER'S GIFT by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 1999

"Fluffy no-brainer evidently aimed at a younger—much younger—fantasy audience."
New fantasy, with few and tiny pages, from the author of The Black Swan (p. 496), etc. Beautiful 15-year-old Ariella of Swan Manor likes to don workaday clothes, run off into the forest, and use her magic gifts to heal sick and injured animals. Read full book review >
BETTER ANGELS by Howard V. Hendrix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 1999

"Extraordinarily rich in ideas, but bogged down by indistinguishable characters and laborious exposition."
This hardcover debut from the author of Standing Wave, etc. arrives too late for a full review. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"Eloquent, scintillating, often sublime."
Not, as you might anticipate from the subtitle, a major retrospective, but a second "best from" (following 1989's 40th Anniversary "best from"). Read full book review >

DRAGON WEATHER by Lawrence Watt-Evans
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"Often remarkably inventive, and commendably well organized: pity the implementation's largely flat and mediocre."
New fantasy from the author of Touched by the Gods (1997), etc. When dragons destroy the village of Obsidian on the Smoking Mountain, young Arlian is the sole survivor. Read full book review >
ON BLUE'S WATERS by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"You don't have to be acquainted with the Long Sun tetralogy, but it helps considerably, and though Wolfe's teasing list of 'Proper Names in the Text' is of small benefit to newcomers, fans of the previous should not be disappointed."
First of a new trilogy and sequel to Wolfe's heavyweight Book of the Long Sun tetralogy (culminating in Exodus from the Long Sun, 1996). Read full book review >
LORD OF THE FIRE LANDS by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 1999

"Again, quite orthodox compared to Duncan's hitherto wacky scenarios, but, even so, distinctive and markedly superior to most of the competition."
A companion volume to Duncan's sword-and-sorcery yarn, The Gilded Chain (1998), the action more or less contemporaneous to the previous tale's. Read full book review >
A RED HEART OF MEMORIES by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Abused teenaged runaway Matilda "Matt" Black survived precariously on the streets until she came to terms with the magical abilities that allow her to talk to inanimate objects shaped by humans—and to open "dream eyes" to read people's hopes and desires. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Superior whimsy, nicely told, and perfect for the cat-fancier's Christmas."
The author of Diary of a Cat (1995, etc.) returns with a suspense tale. Read full book review >
THE SILK CODE by Paul Levinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Levinson's debut is not an entirely successful graduation from stories to novel, but future appearances will be eagerly anticipated."
Science-fiction mystery incorporating one of Levinson's popular stories (first published in Analog) about Manhattan forensic detective Phil D'Amato. Read full book review >
GOING TO POT by Jill Laurimore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An unpretentious comedy of manners with an agreeably lower-case lesson about life."
The perils of money—both too much and too little—are well detailed in this debut novel about a couple who live in an ancient English country house and try to avoid financial ruin by selling a collection of souvenir mugs to a rich American. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >