Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

LAIR OF THE LIZARD by E.C. Ayres
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"But still, unfortunately, there's not much here to snag a reader's beyond an assembly-line sleuth and humdrum story."
In a fourth outing, Tony Lowell, photographer/p.i. Read full book review >
THE ONE-ARMED QUEEN by Jane Yolen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 1998

"An all-singing entry in this waterlogged and insipid series."
Third of Yolen's fantasies (White Jenna, 1989, etc.) about the matriarchal land of the Dales, where women trained in mirror-magic can call forth dark twins who appear by moonlight or candlelight. Read full book review >

NOIR by K.W. Jeter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"Overall, it doesn't add up to anything in particular, but it's an uncommon experience nonetheless."
Another grimly dystopian, futuristic puzzler from the author of Blade Runner 2 (1995), etc. By the mid-21st century, the California coast is one vast city known as the Gloss, where it's perfectly okay to murder illegal immigrants so long as you notify the police beforehand. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE PALE by Mark Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"Stephen R. Donaldson hybrid and you—ll get the idea."
Mysterious runes appear scratched into doors all over Castle City, Colorado, just before the equally mysterious Jack Graystone summons his friend, bar owner Travis Wilder. Read full book review >
STARLIGHT 2 by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"Dynamic, often exceptional work, highly recommended for readers who can't bear to wait on the various annual 'best-ofs.'"
Another eclectic gathering of 13 all-new tales representing various styles, themes, approaches, and ideas (following Starlight 1, 1996). Read full book review >

BLUE LIGHT by Walter Mosley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

"The result is an ambitious mess, inventive and visionary as Mosley's greatest admirers might wish, but torn between windy prophecy and comic-book heroics."
Mosley leaves the Watts of Easy Rawlins and Socrates Fortlow (Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, 1997) far behind in this extravagant futuristic fantasy of a lucky few San Francisco natives transformed virtually into a new species by rays of unearthly blue light. Read full book review >
MOONSEED by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"But the padding (too many minor characters and unnecessary scenes) slows the pace to a crawl. (Movie rights to The Bridge Production Company)"
Another massive near-future, near-space yarn from the author of Voyage (1997). Read full book review >
GREEN RIDER by Kristen Britain
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast."
Karigan G'ladheon, unjustly suspended from school for drubbing a bully, runs away instead. Read full book review >
THE DEER'S CRY by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Absolutely essential or utterly irrelevant, depending on your point of view."
A new addition—or, better yet, insertion—to Kennealy-Morrison's sprawling saga about the space empire of Keltia. Read full book review >
RED GRASS RIVER by James Carlos Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Sex and drawlin' dialogue that don't give a damn about real English, along with big whiffs of piney-fresh description, gusts of gunfire, and howling action like a night in a cathouse during a hurricane. (Author tour)"
Prohibition, bloodshed, rum-running, and gang wars by a master of historical detail and thunderous storytelling (In the Rogue Blood, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Nothing later on matches it in a volume that's otherwise an exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers."
A whopping collection of 30 stories, narrative poems, and unclassifiable briefer pieces from the peerlessly inventive British-born co-editor/creator of The Sandman graphic novel series and last year's terrific fantasy Neverwhere. Read full book review >
THE OUTLANDERS by David B. Coe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Typically long-winded but reasonably innovative and engaging."
Second entry in a projected fantasy trilogy (The Children of Amarid, 1997) about the attempted invasion of rural, magic-powered Tobyn-Ser by technology-powered, industrialized Lon-Ser. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >