Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

GRAIL by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"For fans of the series: Lawhead's interpretation is different and distinctive, though this volume, while independently intelligible, is no place to start. (First printing of 35,000)"
Final installment of Lawhead's Pendragon cycle (Taliesin, 1987; Merlin, Arthur, Pendragon, not seen) with its roots deep in Atlantis and, here, an unexpectedly upbeat ending. Read full book review >
FREE SPACE by Brad Linaweaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"Worth a try: It's often engaging and chortle-provoking, even if you find politics tiresome."
An all-new anthology, comprising 17 stories and three poems, whose ``shared-future'' backdrop is inspired by Libertarian Futurist philosophy. Read full book review >

THE STILL by David Feintuch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"Anticipate sequels."
Doorstopper fantasy from the author of a paperback military science fiction series, the Seafort Saga. Read full book review >
THE ECOLITAN ENIGMA by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"An overcomplicated but mostly agreeable potboiler from the talented and versatile Modesitt (The Soprano Sorceress, 1997, etc.)."
Field agent Nathaniel Firstborn Whaler of Accord's Ecolitan Institute, having just rescued colleague Sylvia Ferro-Maine from the Earth Empire, is ordered to produce a report detailing the ecological development and economic infrastructure of the terraformed colony world Artos. Read full book review >
DREAMING METAL by Melissa Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"Hard to grasp what the terrorists are all fired up about; otherwise, solid and worthy but long-winded, offering few new insights."
Scott's second yarn about planet Persephone and the development of artificial intelligence, with some of the characters recurring also. Read full book review >

TITUS CROW by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"Carmine prose from the very pits of hell as Lumley blends Lovecraft's demons and gods with Edgar Rice Burroughs's wild sense of adventure."
Second hardcover volume of three, this one reprinting two ``adventure horror'' novels written in Lumley's Lovecraft-struck youth. Read full book review >
ACORNA by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"More fantasy than science fiction with a bustling yet flimsy plot, lots of scene-shifting, stereotyped characters, and the McCaffrey hallmark to pull in the crowds."
First of a projected series from the authors of a previous collaboration, PartnerShip (a 1992 mass market). Read full book review >
THE GOD OF IMPERTINENCE by Sten Nadolny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"A droll delight."
A blithe, inventive fable about the lives of the old Greek and Roman gods in the modern world that also takes some sardonic jabs at contemporary obsessions. Read full book review >
NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"And, yes, Virginia, there really are alligators in those sewers—and Gaiman makes you believe it."
Some of the best pure storytelling around these days is being produced in the critically suspect genre of fantasy, and this exuberantly inventive first full-length novel, by the co-creator of the graphic series The Sandman (1996), is a state-of-the-art example. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION by Gardner Dozois
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 1997

"Essential reading for short story fans: The tireless Dozois triumphs again."
Twenty-eight tales from 1996, expertly selected by editor Dozois (his secret? ``He picks the stories he likes best,'' the blurb trumpets), plus the customary overview (not seen). Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S CHOICE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 1997

"McCaffrey helpfully recaps the previous book's events; overall, series fans will be delighted, although they'll know how this one ends: It doesn't."
Sequel to Freedom's Landing (1995), chunk two of McCaffrey's latest interstellar saga. Read full book review >
BLACK SWAN, WHITE RAVEN by Ellen Datlow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1997

"Fresh, often feminist significance teased out of ancient, ageless tapestries."
Fourth in the series of fairy tales reworked for modern audiences (Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >