Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

ILLEGAL ALIEN by Robert J. Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A consistently plotted if not always persuasively motivated yarn, with ingeniously constructed aliens in a fairly routine courtroom melodrama."
Aliens-on-trial, from the author of Frameshift (p. 424), etc. When a spaceship containing nonhumanoid aliens splashes down in the Atlantic, the President's science advisor, Frank Nobilio, and astronomer Clete Calhoun are sent to make contact. Read full book review >
TOOTH AND CLAW by Graham Masterton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Styleless but straightforward, very nearly a YA novel."
In Masterson's second Jim Rook series installment (Rook, p. 246), Catherine White Bird, the daughter of a Navajo, is able to turn at will into a huge, raging creature whose 12-inch claw- spread can tear holes in steel when not ripping out human hearts. Read full book review >

VIRTUAL UNREALITIES by Alfred Bester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1997

"But when reality finally caught up, he fizzled out."
A major retrospective, comprising 15 tales from 194179 (mostly from the '50s and '60s), together with two previously unpublished pieces, though readers should note that the word ``selected'' has been omitted from the subtitle. Read full book review >
A QUANTUM MURDER by Peter F. Hamilton
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 17, 1997

"The intriguing backdrop and solid characters enliven what is otherwise an overlong, overstuffed, and not particularly believable investigation."
A second workout for Greg Mandel, veteran of the Mindstar Battalion (Mindstar Rising, 1996), whose implanted gland gives him the psi powers of empathy and intuition in a medium-future England beset by climatic warming and politico-economic chaos. Read full book review >
THE RED QUEEN by Dirk Draulens
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Poorly structured as fiction, but a riveting read nonetheless."
Dystopian first novel, a bestseller in Holland and Belgium, from a popular Dutch writer of nonfiction. Read full book review >

THE ANGEL DOLL by Jerry Bledsoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 1997

"May well move young, unsophisticated readers. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
Cleanly written and nicely detailed Christmas story, not wholesale sentimentality, by true-crime writer Bledsoe (Before He Wakes, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE RED WYVERN by Katharine Kerr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"More of the usual."
First of a series within a series: Although set within Kerr's existing Celtic fantasy world of Deverry (A Time of Omens, 1992, etc.), this one kicks off a new set of characters and doings. Read full book review >
THE DARK TOWER by Stephen King
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 1997

"This will be The Ring Cycle on top of The Lord of the Rings."
After a five-year lapse, King's gargantuan cowboy romance about Roland of Gilead (the Gunslinger) hits volume four, with three more planned. Read full book review >
THE LAST HAWK by Catherine Asaro
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Independently intelligible but likely to appeal most to existing fans."
Another yarn set in Asaro's far-future Skolian Empire (Catch the Lightning, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CHRONICLES OF THE ROUND TABLE by Mike Ashley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Worth a browse for Arthur's faithful legions."
This addition to Ashley's Chronicles series of Arthurian tales comprises 19 new stories, 4 reprints, 190251, and an afterword in which Marion Zimmer Bradley and Parke Godwin discuss their own and other Arthurian works. Read full book review >
THE MAGICIAN'S WARD by Patricia C. Wrede
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Something of an improvement over Mairelon the Magician (1991), but still leisurely, YA-ish, and lacking innovation."
No, not a hospital drama about ailing wizards, but another yarn set in a fantasy Regency England featuring Richard Merrill, a.k.a. Read full book review >
THE DJINN IN THE NIGHTINGALE'S EYE by A.S. Byatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

Four short fairy tales with a contemporary edge, and one novella-length tale that brilliantly transforms a story of middle- age angst into a celebration of serendipity and sex. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >