Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

BRIAR ROSE by Robert Coover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But his reluctance to finally settle for any culminating metaphor makes this unique work seem more of a collection of masterful, cerebral turns than a living, persuasive tale."
A tour de force that rings an astonishing series of changes on the familiar fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. Read full book review >
DERELICT FOR TRADE by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A brisk, well-turned, agreeable adventure; fans of Norton's Witch World and other fantasies might find it a worthwhile change of scenery."
Another adventure, and a new collaboration, for the trading ship Solar Queen (Redline the Stars, with P.M. Griffin, 1993), whose crew survives intact from the previous volume—though ship's medic Rael Cofort has shed her "wonder woman" image and settled down among equals. Read full book review >

KING'S DRAGON by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A creditably self-contained and appealing, modestly engrossing opener, though without much originality or bite."
From the author of The Golden Key (with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, p. 1108), the first entry in a projected fantasy series. Read full book review >
AFTERMATH by LeVar Burton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"With this wise, above-average debut, Burton is poised to tackle bigger, more ambitious themes. (TV satellite tour)"
Actor Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, etc.) debuts with a novel set in a chaotic 21st-century US, where the assassination of the first African-American president and a disastrous earthquake centered on the New Madrid fault have precipitated social and economic collapse and civil war. Dr. Rene Reynolds has invented the Neuro-Enhancer, a device that helps the body boost its immune system to banish all disease. Read full book review >
ACTS OF CONSCIENCE by William Barton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"After a slow start, you'll have to grapple with a protagonist who radiates little warmth; nevertheless, with its intelligent speculations, intriguing scenario, and thoughtfully fashioned aliens, this consciousness-raiser clamps on and won't let go."
Far-future multiple-alien drama from the author of Iris (1990, with Michael Capobianco), etc. Centuries from now, space mechanic Gaetan du Cheyne unexpectedly becomes the owner of a new faster- than-light spaceship. Read full book review >

TITUS CROW by Brian Lumley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Hideous mobile sludge, hellish dreams, babbling madness, the horror, the horror!"
First hardcover volume of three, each holding two Titus Crow novels from Lumley's earlier days as an H.P. Lovecraft disciple. Read full book review >
TOMORROW AND TOMORROW by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Mind-boggling cosmological extrapolations from the author of The Ganymede Club (1995), etc., but nothing much else here adds up."
Expansion of a novella, ``At the Eschaton'' (in Far Futures, ed. Read full book review >
KEEPER OF THE KING by Nigel Bennett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Moves at a fair pace, with lots of action and gore and an agreeable distaff lead; pity about the dim-witted hero, who invariably does something stupid at the crucial moment."
A vampire Lancelot battles to save Canada's prime minister from a vampire assassin: The publisher's Starline imprint features novels by actors (Bennett appears in the series Forever Knight) and collaborators. Read full book review >
BLUE LIMBO by Terence M. Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Rousing but improbable, with Mitch's witty, irreverent old dad stealing the show."
Near-future cop-on-the-rampage from the author of the similar Barking Dogs (1988), etc. Despairing, cuckolded cop Mitch Helwig blows up a vast warehouse belonging to 21st-century Toronto's current criminal Mr. Big—and gets suspended for his pains. Read full book review >
BLACK WINE by Candas Jane Dorsey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A tantalizing, distinctive, sexy, and beautifully rendered first novel."
The Canadian publisher/writer/poet's science fictional debut is a multistranded feminist identity-puzzler. Read full book review >
CORRUPTING DR. NICE by John Kessel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Riotous, mordant satire, though Kessel's fascinating time- travel scenario creates as many problems as it solves: highly impressive, then, if not particularly involving."
What if, Kessel (Good News from Outer Space, 1989; Meeting in Infinity, stories, 1992) wonders, time were quantized, or came in discrete instants, each separate from all others, so that each ``moment universe'' could be visited and changed—without affecting succeeding instants? Read full book review >
VOYAGE by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Calling Ron Howard. (Author tour)"
Tom Clancy meets Tom Wolfe as newcomer Baxter crams a shifting cast of dozens into this obsessively researched revision of the American space program, the payoff for which is a manned landing on Mars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >