Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

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Four novellas, two previously unpublished, from the author of the acclaimed Was (1992) and The Child Garden (1990).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 >
THE SHIP WHO WON by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Bright and bubbly entertainment, though, despite the adult content, decidedly juvenile in style and tone; therefore more likely to appeal to the younger sections of McCaffrey's audience."
A new entry in McCaffrey's Brain/Brawn series begun with The Ship Who Sang (1969) and continued by McCaffrey with various collaborators. Read full book review >
THE LIVING GOD by Dave Duncan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, Duncan is an agreeable narrator: His plots add up and his characters have personalities."
Final installment of Duncan's tetralogy (most recently The Stricken Field, 1993) set in Pandemia, land of gods, sorcerers, and numerous human varieties, where the insane dwarf sorcerer Zinixo has enslaved many of the world's magicians and now threatens to make the arrangement permanent. Read full book review >
DIAMOND MASK by Julian May
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 1994

"Again patchy and irritatingly inconclusive; but May handles both the psychic complications and the family interactions with pleasing skill, and the upshot is another probable crowd-pleaser- -though no place for newcomers to start."
Book two of May's Galactic Milieu trilogy (Jack the Bodiless, 1991) is a leisurely account of the events that led up to the Metapsychic Rebellion of 2083 and precipitated the action of May's previous tetralogy, the Saga of Pliocene Exile. Read full book review >
POEMS AND STORIES by J.R.R. Tolkien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 16, 1994

"Some of these may be familiar, or available individually; still, this collection is a splendid accompaniment for existing fans, or an excellent introduction for newcomers."
A collection of pieces, 1949-75, that barely touches upon the Middle-Earth scenario for which Tolkien (1829-1973) is justly famous; overall, however, it renders a much more complete account of this scholar, poet, critic, and storyteller's talents. Read full book review >
RHINEGOLD by Stephan Grundy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1994

"A workmanlike retelling of one of the great tales, full of imaginative sidelights on the people who created it."
The powerful legends upon which Wagner build his ``Ring'' cycle are the foundation of this historical fantasy in three books by Grundy—a first novel of epic proportions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 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 >