Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

CROSS AND CRESCENT by Susan Shwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The upshot is schizophrenic and only moderately engaging."
Sequel to the 11th-century historical fantasy Shards of Empire (1996). Read full book review >
THE BOOK OF NIGHT WITH MOON by Diane Duane
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Still, fantasy-loving ailurophiles will curl up and purr."
Fantasy set in the universe Duane created in a YA series (Deep Wizardry, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

MISSISSIPI BLUES by Kathleen Ann Goonan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Heavy-handed technovariations without plot or control; pointless curlicues and flourishes in which all but the most committed readers will swiftly lose interest."
Pudgy sequel to Queen City Jazz (1994), a medium-force vision of nanotechnology run riot. Read full book review >
THE WAR AMONGST THE ANGELS by Michael Moorcock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Your move."
Moorcock's latest metamorphic, calculated, gnomic, self- referential venture into the ``multiverse'' completes the trilogy of Blood (1995) and Fabulous Harbors (1997). Read full book review >
THE PURE PRODUCT by John Kessel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"No matter what the merits of Kessel's material, this sort of lazy and indifferent publishing does everybody a disservice."
Fifteen reprinted stories, 198096, one new tale, two poems, and a play that's blurbed as ``award-winning,'' even though it's listed as original to this collection. Read full book review >

FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Only fans who need everything spelled out in the tiniest detail will stick around."
First hardcover appearance for Lackey's Bardic Voices series (The Eagle and the Nightingales, etc.). Read full book review >
EARTHLING by Tony Daniel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Daniel's stimulating ideas deserved a rethink and rewrite, not this lumpy fix-up treatment with its all-but-irrelevant robot."
Disjointed non-novel cobbled together from three long stories, by the author of Warpath (1993). Read full book review >
IN ALIEN HANDS by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Agreeably inventive, well plotted, interestingly peopled, deftly paced and controlled: a quantum leap ahead for Shatner, following the abysmal Man O'War (1996)."
Second installment in a new series (Delta Search, not reviewed). Read full book review >
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 >
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 >