Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS by Nancy Kress
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Measured by the author's own lofty standards, a grave disappointment."
In the splendid Beggars in Spain (1993) Kress wondered what might happen if some people no longer needed to sleep. Read full book review >
HALF THE DAY IS NIGHT by Maureen F. McHugh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"If only the suspense were as real, this novel would be splendid."
David Dai is nervous about his new job. Read full book review >

SHAME OF MAN by Piers Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Edutainment' for sound-bite mentalities."
The second of Anthony's uncircumscribed rants against humanity's plundering of the Earth's resources is structured, like its predecessor (Isle of Woman, 1993), as a succession of story-chapters propped up by expository paragraphs in which Anthony's tsk-tsking is all but audible. Read full book review >
CALDÉ OF THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Readers who have already been on The Whorl for the first two books of the series will plunge happily into this installment."
The resumption of the far-future Book of the Long Sun series starring Patera Silk in the city of Viron aboard the giant spaceship The Whorl. Read full book review >
HAPPY POLICEMAN by Patricia Anthony
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Consequently, the impact is markedly less than that of her splendid previous novels."
Another existential, aliens-among-us oddity from the author of Conscience of the Beagle (1993). Read full book review >

ARC LIGHT by Eric L. Harry
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A grim tale which so successfully evokes the bleakness and terror of an impending world war that it could depress contemplative readers while titillating those just out for techno- thrills."
Harry's first novel is all gloom and doom, an appropriate tone for his World War III scenario. Read full book review >
SPLATTERPUNKS II by Paul M. Sammon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This exercise in combining incongruous media elements into one discordant whole could be the real cutting edge—but Sammon dulls it in introductory passages whose smugness and hipster wannabe posturing frequently undermine the authors' contributions."
A mosaic of viscera, excrement, sex, and degradation whirls before our eyes in this anthology of stories and essays that run the gamut from lame and pretentious to genuinely stunning. Read full book review >
THE GODMOTHER by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Scarborough (Last Refuge, 1992, etc.) attempts charm in this slight story, but alas, what comes out instead is saccharine and hokey."
Rose Samson is a Seattle social worker struggling with an increased caseload, vanishing resources, and the despair that accompanies daily contact with murder, child molestation, drug traffic, homelessness, and an unrelenting bureaucracy. Read full book review >
THE KING IS DEAD by Paul M. Sammon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Though old curly lip remains an enticing phenomenon, too much bad writing leaves the reader all shook up and itchin like a man on a fuzzy tree."
A tribute to Dead Elvis that ranges from campy and fun to morbid and strange, from inventive and clever to weird and just plain dumb. Read full book review >
BLACK THORN, WHITE ROSE by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"No matter which tour you take through this frightening and dark enchanted wood, Datlow and Windling again prove themselves the best guides."
The editors of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror concoct a potent brew of fairy tales spiked with feminism. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >
TRIPOINT by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, well up to previous standards."
An addition to Cherryh's medium-future spacefaring saga (Hellburner, 1992) in which, the Company Wars over, freelance trading vessels crewed by extended families ferociously compete for interstellar shipping contracts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >