Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

A TUPOLEV TOO FAR by Brian Aldiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"A typically mixed bag, occasionally brilliant, often funny, always diverting."
Thirteen fairly recent pieces, including a weird alphabet and an amusing introductory poem, from the British sf/fantasy grandmaster (previous collections include A Romance of the Equator and Man in his Time). Read full book review >
THE WILD WOOD by Charles de Lint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"Well meant but less substantial than a soap bubble. (First printing of 25,000)"
Billed as Brian Froud's Faerielands, this is the first of a series of four books by different authors on faerie-ecological themes, and inspired by Froud's artwork. Read full book review >

RAMA REVEALED by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"Still, there will be hordes of Rama fans desperate to discover how it all comes out."
Rendezvous with Rama didn't need sequels, but we got them anyway. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WELL OF SOULS by Jack L. Chalker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"While the present volume is independently intelligible (just about), it isn't complete in itself, and newcomers will do better to read Echoes first, or even return to the original saga."
Sequel to Echoes of the Well of Souls (not seen), itself a sequel to Chalker's original five-book Well World saga. Read full book review >
THE WITCH DOCTOR by Christopher Stasheff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Otherwise, it lacks originality; furthermore, strangely, it reminds you of other writers whose names you somehow can't quite recall."
Sequel to The Oathbound Wizard (1992), about a medieval fantasy world of jousting and pageantry, where poetry holds the power of magic. Read full book review >

THE LAST BOOK OF SWORDS by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"But Saberhagen's series, while uneven at times, has provided tireless entertainment in the seemingly inexhaustible combination of Swords and magics, and no fan of the series will want to miss this one."
Saberhagen's Lost Swords yarns have been appearing since 1986; here, he wraps up the entire idea in fine style, by destroying the Swords one by one. Read full book review >
CURSE OF THE MISTWRAITH by Janny Wurts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A tremendous amount of hard work but no signs of genuine talent, composed of gnarled writing, a farrago of plot elements, and ideas no better than mediocre retreads."
Wurts, coauthor (with Raymond E. Feist) of Mistress of the Empire (1992), etc., embarks on a massively ambitious five-book sword-and-sorcery epic involving good and evil, light and dark, and two warring half-brothers. Read full book review >
LARQUE ON THE WING by Nancy Springer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Charming, eccentric work where the bright, playful narrative enfolds a thoughtful and significant interior: irresistible."
Springer continues the marked improvement she showed in Apocalypse (1989) with this winning, precisely rendered foray into magic realism. Read full book review >
THE EMPIRE OF ICE by Richard Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Stock characters and clunkily-handled science put a freeze on suspense and excitement here: a derivative end-of-worlder."
An active volcano emerges from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, threatening to plunge the British Isles into a new Ice Age: a plot- heavy disaster thriller from Moran (Cold Sea Rising, 1986; Dallas Down, 1988). Read full book review >
FINDER by Emma Bull
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Despite the unnecessary last 50 pages: a refreshing, ingenious hardcover debut."
Elfland has returned, magically inserting itself into modern America; in the buffer zone between the two, Bordertown, where magic works alongside electricity and gas supplies, congregate misfits and refugees from both our reality and Elfland. Read full book review >
ORION AND THE CONQUEROR by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An odd but effective combination of far- out fantasy trappings with solid historical foundations—much more persuasive and appealing than Orion's previous airing."
Another in Bova's fantasy potboilers (Orion in the Dying Time, etc.) about the immortal android warrior Orion, the Creators who made him, and the evil opposition intent on destroying both Creators and humanity. Read full book review >
THE SHIPS OF EARTH by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The Homecoming Saga is a well-turned series, with intriguing ideas, well-developed characters and setting, and a plot huge enough to satisfy the most extravagant tastes; this episode comes with a most useful and welcome recapping prologue, although newcomers will wish to start with volume one."
Third in Card's sf series (The Call of Earth, 1992, etc.) set on planet Harmony, whose ruling computer, the Oversoul, is breaking down after 40 million years of service. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >