Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

SINGER FROM THE SEA by Sheri S. Tepper
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 6, 1999

"Yet another deeply felt, brilliantly wrought ecological-feminist parable, not threatening but challenging, liberating and wise: Tepper (the wonderful Six Moon Dance, 1998, etc.) has lodged firmly upon a pinnacle of excellence."
The Lord Paramount governs planet Haven, whose Covenant ruthlessly circumscribes the behavior and outlook of women. Read full book review >
THE DRAGONS OF SPRINGPLACE by Robert Reed
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 5, 1999

"Ingenious yet disciplined, as too often Reed's novels aren't, and resolutely inquisitive, providing no easy answers—or easy questions, either."
Eleven substantial stories, spanning the years 1990—97, from the author of Beneath the Gated Sky (1997), etc. In the imaginative, striking, improbable title piece, a nuclear waste repository that's been turned into the Lost World of a steamy jungle swarming with huge, genetically engineered reptilian predators, proves an irresistible magnet for the unscrupulous. Read full book review >

THE CHANGELING WAR by Peter Garrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1999

"I of the Changeling SagaGarrison, Peter"
THE CHANGELING WARVol. Read full book review >
BLACK LIGHT by Elizabeth Hand
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1999

"Vivid, evocative, and well informed if heavily symbolic, with accurately limned teenaged characters; the problem's not so much a slender plot that doesn't cohere as the failure of the characters to adopt any recognizably purposeful course of action."
In Hand's new fantasy, as in Waking the Moon (1995), two opposing groups of magicians, the Benandanti and the Malandanti, struggle to control human destiny. Read full book review >
TO VISIT THE QUEEN by Diane Duane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"YA-ish and disappointing."
Cat fantasy, a sequel to The Book of Night with Moon (1997), wherein feline wizards keep magical transit gates functioning, prevent disasters and invasions, and generally tidy up, while humans go about their business in blissful ignorance. Read full book review >

DEEP SECRET by Diana Wynne Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1999

"An orchestrated riot, with tangled plots, bizarre doings, headlong pace, and foaming wit."
Belated US appearance for this 1997 fantasy from the England resident author of A Sudden Wild Magic (1992). Read full book review >
ENCHANTMENT by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"Richly detailed and engagingly peopled: a fascinating remake, if sometimes dreadfully long-winded."
Card's new fantasy (Heartfire, 1998, etc.) reworks an Old Russian variant of the Sleeping Beauty tale. Read full book review >
THE BURNING STONE by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1999

"And, at this whopping length, it should keep the most avid fans happy for a few days."
Third entry in the Crown of Stars series following Prince of Dogs (1998) and King's Dragon (1997). Read full book review >
A CAVERN OF BLACK ICE by J.V. Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 30, 1999

"Still, Jones (The Barbed Coil, 1997, etc.) has talent, and it shows."
New doorstopper fantasy (and first of a trilogy entitled Sword of Shadows) set in the same world as Jones's Book of Words trilogy, but otherwise unconnected. Read full book review >
A DEEPNESS IN THE SKY by Vernor Vinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 1999

"Huge, intricate, and ingenious, with superbly realized aliens: a chilling, spellbinding dramatization of the horrors of slavery and mind control."
A distant prequel to Vinge's 1992 masterpiece, A Fire Upon the Deep, with a single character in common. Read full book review >
RAINBOW MARS by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 1999

"A brilliantly conceived, funny, exciting, nail-biting, heart-warming jaunt through weird and wonderful histories that never were."
Almost 30 years ago, Niven (the splendid Destiny's Road, 1997, etc.) wrote a handful of stories featuring Hanville Svetz of the Institute for Temporal Research. Read full book review >
FINITY by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 1999

"From the author of Earth Made of Glass (1998), etc, a virtuoso piece of probability-juggling that mostly adds up—until that dreadfully anticlimactic non-ending brings you back to, er, reality with a thump."
College professor Lyle Peripart, the descendant of American expatriates, tries to ignore the various Reichs that rule the world following the Axis victory in WWII over a century ago, until the powerful industrialist Geoffrey Iphwin, interested in Lyle's clever statistical analyses, hires him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >