Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

DRAGONSEYE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Comfortably cozy and domestic: an undramatic but meticulously detailed entry that should satisfy most dragonfans."
Another visit to planet Pern (The Dolphins of Pern, 1994, etc.), home of the famous Dragonriders, who—mounted on their genetically engineered, flying native dragons (with whom they form a mental bond)—battle the deadly corrosive lifeform known as Thread that periodically threatens the planet. Read full book review >
FABULOUS HARBORS by Michael Moorcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Spellbinding, maybe, or rootless and irrelevant, depending on whether you buy Moorcock's anything-goes, game-playing scenario."
Eleven loosely interconnected tales, 196695—nine reprints and two originals, all featuring more-or-less familiar Moorcock characters—that form a bridge between Blood (1995) and a projected third volume. Read full book review >

THE SHIP AVENGED by S.M. Stirling
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Pretty good ersatz McCaffrey, despite the feebly unconvincing love story."
Another entry in the Brain/Brawn series created by Anne McCaffrey, and a direct sequel to the paperback The City Who Fought (McCaffrey and Stirling); ``brains'' are humans wired directly and immovably into their spaceships, ``brawns'' their mobil human partners. Read full book review >
THE BLACK SUN by Jack Williamson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

In 1928, at the young age of 20, science fiction grandmaster Williamson (The Humanoids, 1995, etc.) published his first story. Read full book review >
BRIAR ROSE by Robert Coover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But his reluctance to finally settle for any culminating metaphor makes this unique work seem more of a collection of masterful, cerebral turns than a living, persuasive tale."
A tour de force that rings an astonishing series of changes on the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >

DERELICT FOR TRADE by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A brisk, well-turned, agreeable adventure; fans of Norton's Witch World and other fantasies might find it a worthwhile change of scenery."
Another adventure, and a new collaboration, for the trading ship Solar Queen (Redline the Stars, with P.M. Griffin, 1993), whose crew survives intact from the previous volume—though ship's medic Rael Cofort has shed her "wonder woman" image and settled down among equals. Read full book review >
KING'S DRAGON by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A creditably self-contained and appealing, modestly engrossing opener, though without much originality or bite."
From the author of The Golden Key (with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, p. 1108), the first entry in a projected fantasy series. Read full book review >
AFTERMATH by LeVar Burton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"With this wise, above-average debut, Burton is poised to tackle bigger, more ambitious themes. (TV satellite tour)"
Actor Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, etc.) debuts with a novel set in a chaotic 21st-century US, where the assassination of the first African-American president and a disastrous earthquake centered on the New Madrid fault have precipitated social and economic collapse and civil war. Dr. Rene Reynolds has invented the Neuro-Enhancer, a device that helps the body boost its immune system to banish all disease. Read full book review >
ACTS OF CONSCIENCE by William Barton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"After a slow start, you'll have to grapple with a protagonist who radiates little warmth; nevertheless, with its intelligent speculations, intriguing scenario, and thoughtfully fashioned aliens, this consciousness-raiser clamps on and won't let go."
Far-future multiple-alien drama from the author of Iris (1990, with Michael Capobianco), etc. Centuries from now, space mechanic Gaetan du Cheyne unexpectedly becomes the owner of a new faster- than-light spaceship. Read full book review >
TITUS CROW by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Hideous mobile sludge, hellish dreams, babbling madness, the horror, the horror!"
First hardcover volume of three, each holding two Titus Crow novels from Lumley's earlier days as an H.P. Lovecraft disciple. Read full book review >
TOMORROW AND TOMORROW by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Mind-boggling cosmological extrapolations from the author of The Ganymede Club (1995), etc., but nothing much else here adds up."
Expansion of a novella, ``At the Eschaton'' (in Far Futures, ed. Read full book review >
KEEPER OF THE KING by Nigel Bennett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Moves at a fair pace, with lots of action and gore and an agreeable distaff lead; pity about the dim-witted hero, who invariably does something stupid at the crucial moment."
A vampire Lancelot battles to save Canada's prime minister from a vampire assassin: The publisher's Starline imprint features novels by actors (Bennett appears in the series Forever Knight) and collaborators. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >