Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

SPLATTERPUNKS II by Paul M. Sammon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This exercise in combining incongruous media elements into one discordant whole could be the real cutting edge—but Sammon dulls it in introductory passages whose smugness and hipster wannabe posturing frequently undermine the authors' contributions."
A mosaic of viscera, excrement, sex, and degradation whirls before our eyes in this anthology of stories and essays that run the gamut from lame and pretentious to genuinely stunning. Read full book review >
THE GODMOTHER by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Scarborough (Last Refuge, 1992, etc.) attempts charm in this slight story, but alas, what comes out instead is saccharine and hokey."
Rose Samson is a Seattle social worker struggling with an increased caseload, vanishing resources, and the despair that accompanies daily contact with murder, child molestation, drug traffic, homelessness, and an unrelenting bureaucracy. Read full book review >

THE KING IS DEAD by Paul M. Sammon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Though old curly lip remains an enticing phenomenon, too much bad writing leaves the reader all shook up and itchin like a man on a fuzzy tree."
A tribute to Dead Elvis that ranges from campy and fun to morbid and strange, from inventive and clever to weird and just plain dumb. Read full book review >
BLACK THORN, WHITE ROSE by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"No matter which tour you take through this frightening and dark enchanted wood, Datlow and Windling again prove themselves the best guides."
The editors of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror concoct a potent brew of fairy tales spiked with feminism. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Genre auslanders who've been invited into the fold include Thomas Disch, Gabriel Garc°a M†rquez and Sherman Alexie."
The seventh annual collection of dreams and nightmares from editors Datlow and Windling. Read full book review >

TRIPOINT by C.J. Cherryh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, well up to previous standards."
An addition to Cherryh's medium-future spacefaring saga (Hellburner, 1992) in which, the Company Wars over, freelance trading vessels crewed by extended families ferociously compete for interstellar shipping contracts. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN CITY by David Eddings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The story's propelled by magic, a kidnapped Queen Ehlana, and the release of a power called Klael — who's so evil that, by comparison, the stuff that slipped out of Pandora's box is spilled milk."
In the third volume of the Tamuli (after The Shining Ones, 1993, etc.), bestselling author Eddings continues his fantasy saga as Sparhawk, knight and good guy, battles the foul God Cyrgon, a very bad guy. Read full book review >
WIZARD'S FIRST RULE by Terry Goodkind
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy debut."
The magical boundaries between the three lands of forest guide Richard Cypher's world are crumbling: Strange beasts from the Midlands, where magic still exists, appear in his Westland forest. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH GATE by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Alfred, Haplo, and Marit are in so deep that they have to resort to some pretty desperate measures, some of which have large consequences along the lines of precipitating the ultimate battle between Good and Evil."
Like the last day of the week or the final sign before the apocalypse, the seventh, and final, book of the crazily popular Death Gate Cycle (Into the Labyrinth, 1993, etc.) has arrived. Read full book review >
SOMEWHERE EAST OF LIFE by Brian Aldiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Intelligent, funny, and hopeful in spite of itself, Aldiss's (A Tupolev Too Far, 1994) latest fantasy serves as a powerful warning about the perils of the future and a rueful assessment of humanity's likely response."
Roy Burnell likes his job; he travels the globe for World Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, an agency that researches, registers, and attempts to protect fine architecture from the dangers of wars that have broken out in Europe and Asia. Read full book review >
DEATH DREAM by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"High-technology in the characters' everyday routines provides a diverting twist to this steadily paced thriller, which should broaden Bova's audience."
Sci-fi author Bova (Orion and the Conqueror, 1994) branches out with an exciting thriller about entertainment technology in the hands of unstable men. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF JUDGMENT by J.R. Dunn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Still, the well-crafted characters, telling details, and intriguing developments look very promising."
Blade Runner meets The Terminal Man. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >