Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

THE GIRL WHO HEARD DRAGONS by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"A McCaffrey showcase, demonstrating the full range of her not inconsiderable talents and concerns."
Fifteen substantial stories, including one original, from the popular author of the Dragonriders of Pern series and the Damia series. Read full book review >
TOWING JEHOVAH by James Morrow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"But the plot makes little sense, and Morrow makes no serious attempt to grapple with the large issues he raises."
God, ecology, WW II, chauvinism, the Vatican, and what-all are all thrown into another unclassifiable work from the author of Nebula Award-winner City of Truth (1992), etc. When sea captain Anthony Van Horne left the bridge of his oil tanker, the vessel ran aground and a major spillage occurred. Read full book review >

THE HACKER AND THE ANTS by Rudy Rucker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Sophomoric and excessively didactic, with an obscure plot: of interest largely to teenage computer buffs and Rucker regulars."
A cyberspace yarn from the author of The Hollow Earth (1990), etc. Jerzy Rugby writes computer programs for a company developing a household robot and shares his apartment with Studly, an advanced prototype. Read full book review >
TROUBLE AND HER FRIENDS by Melissa Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Yet her characters are sympathetic despite themselves, and the near-future, neither utopian nor dystopian, is effectively created."
Scott (Burning Bright, 1993) offers a low-key cyberpunk mystery set a century in the future when computer networks have become the turf of a diverse group of businesses, users, and ``netwalkers.'' India Carless's sedate life as the ``syscop,'' a combination system administrator and security officer, for a small art co-op has been disrupted. Read full book review >
THE TANGLE BOX by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Solid entertainment for series fans, and useful comic relief from Brooks's recently completed Shannara series."
Fourth of Brooks's Magic Kingdom of Landover series. Read full book review >

UNCONQUERED COUNTRIES by Geoff Ryman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 1994

"Others will note the artificially heightened prose, the clever mechanics, the polished inventiveness, the ulterior meanings, and they will remain emotionally unmoved."
Four novellas, two previously unpublished, from the author of the acclaimed Was (1992) and The Child Garden (1990). ``The Unconquered Country'' (1986), Ryman's allegorical dark fantasy about Cambodia and Vietnam, has previously appeared as a book in its own right. ``O Happy Day!'' (1985), a tale of sociobiology and feminist backlash, features a transit camp run by homosexual men to which trainloads of males are dispatched for extermination by the feminists now controlling the country. Read full book review >
BRITTLE INNINGS by Michael Bishop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1994

"Resonantly evocative of time and place, with a splendid gallery of characters in a beautifully reticulated plot."
From the author of such noted works as Unicorn Mountain (1988), No Enemy But Time (1982), and others comes this remarkable novel, set in 1943, inspired by bush-league baseball and—it sounds incongruous, but Bishop pulls it off brilliantly—literature's most famous monster. Read full book review >
IGNITING THE REACHES by David Drake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Drake does a convincing job of constructing a 16th-century- style scenario without resorting to hoary and false naval metaphors; the upshot is a violent, hard-nosed swashbuckler, set forth with discernment and skill."
Drake (The Jungle, 1991, etc.), a leading purveyor of military science fiction, offers a trade war/piracy/post-Imperial adventure inspired by the Elizabethan Age of Discovery. Read full book review >
FIVE HUNDRED YEARS LATER by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Overall, more charming than annoying."
Another of Brust's fantasy novels set in the Dragaeran Empire (the Vlad Taltos yarns, etc.), this takes place (per the title) 500 years after the events of The Phoenix Guards (1991). Read full book review >
NEPTUNE CROSSING by Jeffrey A. Carver
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Not an auspicious send- off."
First of a series involving aliens and chaos theory, and set on Neptune's moon Triton, from the author of The Rapture Effect (1987), The Infinity Link (1984), etc. After alien ruins are found on remote, chilly Triton, the MINEXFO mining corporation sends an expedition to prospect and recover usable, if mysterious, metals. Read full book review >
THE DUBIOUS HILLS by Pamela Dean
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Different and utterly charming, with enormous appeal on several different levels."
Original, oddball, other-world fantasy from the author of Tam Lin (1992). Read full book review >
GALACTIC DREAMS by Harry Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Harrison is one of those rare writers whose company is always genuinely agreeable, no matter how trivial or exalted the material."
Another volume of stories (Stainless Steel Visions, 1993) from Dublin's resident fantasy and science fiction veteran. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >