Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

SEA STRIKE by James H. Cobb
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 1998

"The new kid on the block's pretty good."
Cobb's second successful sortie with Commander Amanda Garrett (Choosers of the Slain, 1996) and the good stealth ship Cunningham blends a China-Taiwan war, futuristic weaponry, and a gender-friendly US military where the men and women work even better together for the intimacies (still-illegal) that occur. Read full book review >
MORE AMAZING STORIES by Kim Mohan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

The magazine founded by Hugo Gernsback in 1926 finally expired last year; this collection features the 15 new stories that would have formed the next issue of Amazing, together with five reprints from 195394 and an essay from Robert Silverberg about Philip K. Dick's many and impressive tales, one of which (``The Builder'') is featured here. Read full book review >

A MAGIC-LOVER'S TREASURY OF THE FANTASTIC by Margaret Weis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A well-chosen, pleasingly varied assemblage that deftly avoids both the overly familiar and the tediously obscure."
Twenty substantial stories, 195095, featuring magic in all its many and startling guises. Read full book review >
THE SPELLSONG WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"If there has to be a series, then this is an agreeable and worthwhile addition—much fresher and more tempting than Modesitt's unending Magic of Recluce yarns."
The inevitable, if unnecessary, sequel to Modesitt's fine music-magic feminist fantasy, The Soprano Sorceress (1997), with its appropriately Wagnerian backdrop. Read full book review >
PHOENIX CAFÉ by Gwyneth Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Wonderful aliens, unpleasant gender conflicts, heavy-handed metaphors, imperceptible plot: It all adds up to a churning, unsatisfying, rather unwieldy wrapup."
Third volume of the trilogy (White Queen, 1993; North Wind, 1996) about the exploitation of Earth by baboon-like, hermaphrodite, serially immortal aliens. Read full book review >

MAXIMUM LIGHT by Nancy Kress
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Dubious characters, plotting that relies on coincidence, and a threadbare backdrop: disappointing work from this talented yet erratic writer."
More near/medium-future biological manipulations from the author of Beggars Ride (1996), etc. By 2034, endocrine-disrupting chemical pollutants have caused a collapse in world fertility. Read full book review >
THE MASTERHARPER OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Covers well-trodden ground in more detail than hitherto; presumably, most dragonfans will find it satisfying enough."
McCaffrey's latest rummage through the archives of planet Pern (Dragonseye, 1997, etc.) has unearthed Robinton, the Masterharper of Pern, and the circumstances surrounding the advent of weyrleader F'lar and Lessa, the first woman Dragonrider. Read full book review >
SPIDER LEGS by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Some promising characters blundering around in a madhouse: a showcase of what goes wrong when writers, editors, and publishers sleepwalk through production."
Man-made monster yarn written by nonfiction author Pickover and rewritten by Anthony (Faun and Games, p. 1167, etc.) into a school-of-absurdism ecological rant. Read full book review >
TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

"Gleeful fun with a serious edge, set forth in an almost impeccable English accent."
Comic yarn set in the same time-traveling universe as the splendid Doomsday Book (1992), with some of the minor characters in common. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Agreeable fare for series regulars."
Another adventure for do-gooder Wizard Gar Pike (A Wizard in Peace, 1996, etc.), his sidekick Dirk DuLaine, and their intelligent spaceship Herkimer, as they zoom around the galaxy looking for misgoverned planets to emancipate. Read full book review >
THE CIVILISATION GAME by Clifford D. Simak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Dated in places, but Simak's backwoods courtesy and charm are genuine and free of nostalgia."
Part of a series of collections first published in England, where Simak (190488) was always appreciated, this volume offers seven stories (though the copyright page actually lists eight) dating from 193969 and uncollected or very hard to find since their first appearance. Read full book review >
TIME MACHINES by Jr. Adler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Far from sustaining the absurdly hyperbolic subtitle: a selection that's no better than one chosen completely at random with editorial whim and nostalgia no substitute for scholarship and judgment."
Only 3 of the 22 selections here would appear on almost anyone's ``best of'' list: Connie Willis's Nebula and Hugo Novelette Awardwinner, ``Fire Watch,'' has time travelers helping to save St. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >