Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

THE CHILDREN STAR by Joan Slonczewski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Greg Bear or Michael Kanaly) very hard to swallow."
Another tale set in Slonczewski's distinctive far-future universe, the action here taking place some two centuries after that of Daughter of Elysium (1993). Read full book review >
SCENT OF MAGIC by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 1998

"Sturdily constructed, fetchingly rendered: a top-notch outing for the grandmasterly author of The Mirror of Destiny (1995), among countless others."
Young Willadene of the city Kronengred, having lost her parents in the recent plague, toils as a scullery maid in the disreputable Wanderers Inn. Read full book review >

INHERIT THE EARTH by Brian Stableford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

A rare foray into science fiction for the British horrormeister (the Necroscope series, etc.). Read full book review >
QUEEN OF DEMONS by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Overall, more shapely than the inaugural volume, and beguilingly set forth—but of genuine originality, of concept or execution, there is none."
Part two of Drake's fantasy magnum opus (Lord of the Isles, 1997). Read full book review >
THE ESSENTIAL BORDERTOWN by Terri  Windling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Over to you."
Of that egregious title, readers might well demand: —Essential— to whom? Read full book review >

SHIVA IN STEEL by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Another yarn about the berserkers, intelligent machines programmed by the vanished Builders to seek out and destroy organic life (Berserker Fury, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
HEARTLIGHT by Marion Zimmer Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Fourth of Bradley's contemporary psychic/occult novels, this one embellishing the backdrop of the previous books (Gravelight, 1997, etc.) by focusing on the magickal Adept, fraud-buster, and soldier of the Light Colin MacLaren, whose prior appearances were brief and seemingly minor. Read full book review >
BLOOM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some conceptual problems, an ingenious yarn with challenging ideas, well-handled technical details and plenty of twists and turns: a whopping improvement on Murder in the Solid State (1996), though the sophomoric narrative voice is dismayingly similar. (Author tour)"
By the early 22nd century, artificially created life-forms—mycora—that can dissolve stone, metal, flesh, anything, with terrifying speed, have taken over the Earth, the Moon, and Venus; the only human survivors cower behind biological barriers far away in the asteroids (the Gladholders) or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (the Immunity). Read full book review >
SONG FOR THE BASILISK by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Previous McKillip offerings (Winter Rose, 1996, etc.) have been charming, elegant wisps; this one, after a rather laborious start, presses forward with altogether more determination and substance: a significant improvement overall."
Once the city of Berylon was benevolently ruled by Raven Tormalyne, until his rival, the ambitious Arioso Pellior, the Basilisk, burned Tormalyne Palace. Read full book review >
A SONG OF STONE by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not for the squeamish, but those looking for a confrontational work will find this a daring, deeply unsettling meditation on the very human face of evil."
A grim, mordant portrait of the corrosive effects of moral corruption and a generalized atmosphere of violence, played out against the brutal background of a Bosnian-style war. Read full book review >
THE ALIEN YEARS by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Realistic, often intriguing, but too episodic to be fully involving."
Alien invasion yarn from the veteran author of Sorcerers of Majipoor (1997), etc. Seven years from now, huge alien spaceships appear all over the Earth; in California, a ship's exhaust carelessly causes vast brushfires that pilot Mike Carmichael dies trying to extinguish. Read full book review >
IN LEGEND BORN by Laura Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"Well handled and modestly engaging, but soapy and predictable—and too long-winded for real surprises."
First fantasy novel and evidently the first of a series, from the author of various romances (as Laura Leone). 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 >