Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

SHIVA IN STEEL by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Another yarn about the berserkers, intelligent machines programmed by the vanished Builders to seek out and destroy organic life (Berserker Fury, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
HEARTLIGHT by Marion Zimmer Bradley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

Fourth of Bradley's contemporary psychic/occult novels, this one embellishing the backdrop of the previous books (Gravelight, 1997, etc.) by focusing on the magickal Adept, fraud-buster, and soldier of the Light Colin MacLaren, whose prior appearances were brief and seemingly minor. Read full book review >

BLOOM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some conceptual problems, an ingenious yarn with challenging ideas, well-handled technical details and plenty of twists and turns: a whopping improvement on Murder in the Solid State (1996), though the sophomoric narrative voice is dismayingly similar. (Author tour)"
By the early 22nd century, artificially created life-forms—mycora—that can dissolve stone, metal, flesh, anything, with terrifying speed, have taken over the Earth, the Moon, and Venus; the only human survivors cower behind biological barriers far away in the asteroids (the Gladholders) or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (the Immunity). Read full book review >
SONG FOR THE BASILISK by Patricia A. McKillip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Previous McKillip offerings (Winter Rose, 1996, etc.) have been charming, elegant wisps; this one, after a rather laborious start, presses forward with altogether more determination and substance: a significant improvement overall."
Once the city of Berylon was benevolently ruled by Raven Tormalyne, until his rival, the ambitious Arioso Pellior, the Basilisk, burned Tormalyne Palace. Read full book review >
A SONG OF STONE by Iain M. Banks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not for the squeamish, but those looking for a confrontational work will find this a daring, deeply unsettling meditation on the very human face of evil."
A grim, mordant portrait of the corrosive effects of moral corruption and a generalized atmosphere of violence, played out against the brutal background of a Bosnian-style war. Read full book review >

THE ALIEN YEARS by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Realistic, often intriguing, but too episodic to be fully involving."
Alien invasion yarn from the veteran author of Sorcerers of Majipoor (1997), etc. Seven years from now, huge alien spaceships appear all over the Earth; in California, a ship's exhaust carelessly causes vast brushfires that pilot Mike Carmichael dies trying to extinguish. Read full book review >
IN LEGEND BORN by Laura Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 17, 1998

"Well handled and modestly engaging, but soapy and predictable—and too long-winded for real surprises."
First fantasy novel and evidently the first of a series, from the author of various romances (as Laura Leone). Read full book review >
AFTERMATH by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 10, 1998

"Professionally handled and ingeniously extrapolated, and with engrossing plot elements, this entry is complete in itself but clearly anticipates sequels."
Big, bustling post-disaster yarn from the author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1997), etc. In 2026, our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, goes supernova; the heat generated by this colossal explosion scorches the Earth's southern hemisphere and distorts climate worldwide. Read full book review >
HEARTFIRE by Orson Scott Card
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 1998

"One more absorbing entry in this brilliantly conceived and fetchingly rendered series."
Another in Card's superior fantasy series about Alvin Smith (Alvin Journeymen, 1995, etc.), set in an alternate world where magic works—people are born with "knacks"—and America is divided among a tiny Union, various European colonies, and inviolable Red territory west of the Mizzipy River. Read full book review >
DEEPDRIVE by Alexander Jablokov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"Astonishing, hypercomplicated, semi-surreal, with a hatful of ingeniously realized aliens shimmering beneath a delightfully sustained aura of black-comic paranoia."
In Jablokov's (Nimbus, 1993, etc.) far-future, numerous alien species with their starspanning "deepdrives" are active in the solar system; humankind, lacking any deepdrive of its own, schemes desperately to acquire one. Read full book review >
FULL TIDE OF NIGHT by J.R. Dunn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Intelligent, well organized, often gripping, but with the backdrop and plot all too obviously distorted to accommodate Dunn's dialectic: impressive, sure, but not entirely convincing."
Far-future politico-philosophical showdown from the author of the stunning time travel novel Days of Cain (1997), etc. The mysterious, deadly, and irresistible Erinye—masters of artificial intelligence and VR—conquered the solar system, destroying everything they perceived as a threat; only one person, Julia "Jay" Amalfi, and her companion, Cary, an immature artificial intelligence, fled in a starship to the glaciated planet Midgard. Read full book review >
SWORDS AGAINST THE SHADOWLAND by Robin Wayne Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Just don—t let Norman (—evil stuff—) Spinrad catch you."
Inspired by his friend Harry Fischer, fantasist extraordinary Fritz Leiber (1910—92) wrote the first tale about Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, —Two Sought Adventure,— in 1939. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >