Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

THE TEMPLE AND THE STONE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A skillful and involving blend of real history, speculation, and elements of controlled, credible fantasy."
Following the recent volume of Knights Templar stories (On Crusade, 1998, edited by Kurtz), here's a Templar novel from this established collaboration team (Death of an Adept, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
HEROES DIE by Matthew Woodring Stover
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Stover does, however, work hard to develop his characters. (Author tour)"
Dubious sf/fantasy hybrid from the author of the paperback Iron Dawn. Read full book review >

ACCIDENTAL CREATURES by Anne Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A well-worked-out, confidently handled drama, but lacking the freshness and flair that made Harris's debut (The Nature of Smoke, 1996) such an eye-opener."
With the collapse of the motor industry, the car plants of Detroit became GeneSys's Vattown; here, vatdivers harvest valuable biopolymers from huge vats but are forced to work in diving suits that protect them from the vats' lethal growth medium. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A strange and beautiful book that offers an unusual depth and nuance of character, set forth in lustrous dialogue and prose the texture of honeyed silk."
Sequel to Beneath the Vaulted Hills (not reviewed), or, better, the second half of a doorstopper entitled The River into Darkness. Read full book review >
MOCKINGBIRD by Sean Stewart
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Knotty, unsparing, and impressively wrought, but what it all means is anyone's guess."
Contemporary metaphorical fantasy from the author of Night Watch (1997). Read full book review >

A KNIGHT OF THE WORD by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Unevocative, humdrum, and devoid of narrative tension; still, fans of the previous book will probably want to investigate."
Relatively uncompelling sequel to Running with the Demon (1997), Brooks's good (the Word) vs. evil (the Void) clash set in contemporary America. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE FALLEN STAR by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 27, 1998

"Pleasant."
Boilerplate fantasy, of which a substantially different version was written originally by Richey, rewritten by Anthony's researcher Riggs, and finally tweaked and buffed by Anthony. Read full book review >
THE CENTURION'S EMPIRE by Sean McMullen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 16, 1998

"An entertaining but vastly improbable jaunt through history as it wasn't."
Time-hopping, episodic first US appearance for Australia resident McMullen. Read full book review >
SIX MOON DANCE by Sheri S. Tepper
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 8, 1998

"Tepper has tremendous fun with her sex-role reversals, even when her purpose is deadly serious: Despite the clutter, stir in lashings of caustic wit—and the upshot won't just raise your consciousness, it'll blow the top right off."
More challenging feminist science fiction from the author of the brilliant The Family Tree (1997), etc. On planet Newholme, men outnumber women two to one; Men of Business must therefore pay, handsomely, for a woman's reproductive services and for expert-lover Consorts (Hunks) to provide sexual pleasure for their wives. Read full book review >
THE INNAMORATI by Midori Snyder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Captivating stuff, with a kiss of the fingers, a whisper of lace, and a stiletto up the sleeve: after this, even stubborn monoglots will find themselves mumbling in Italian."
Distinctive medieval fantasy from the author of various paperbacks (Belden's Keep, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
MIR by Alexander Besher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1998

"But with little structure or plot, it subsides into mere VR froth."
A quasi-sequel to Besher's flavorsome cyber-reality Rim (1994), with a somewhat different backdrop but some of the characters in common. Read full book review >
THE SILVER WOLF by Alice Borchardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Top-flight fantasy."
ories, thieves' markets, and much more. 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 >