Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

JACK FAUST by Michael Swanwick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"And yet the reader is constrained to ask, so what?"
What if Faust in the 16th century had been offered the knowledge available in the 20th? Read full book review >
BENEATH THE GATED SKY by Robert Reed
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Anticipate at least one more volume in the same vein."
Part sequel to, part expansion of Beyond the Veil of Stars (1994). Read full book review >

THE EAGLE'S BROOD by Jack Whyte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"With plenty of hacking and stabbing, pontifications, dogged sex, and a few anachronistic mind-sets: another dipperful from the fertile Arthurian well, sans magic but brimful of action."
In the author's The Skystone (1996), set in the last years of the Roman occupation of fifth-century Britain, the sword Excalibur was forged, presaging the reign of King Arthur years later. Read full book review >
THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY AND HORROR by Ellen Datlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"There are over 40 entries here, in a collection not to be missed by anyone seriously interested in fantasy or horror."
The variety of this top-flight annual never fails to appeal, in part because it covers so much material, including, along with the best stories, obituaries of writers whose files have closed, a review of the year's best fantasy in film, television, and comic books, and summations of the year's activities in horror and fantasy. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE DEMON by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"An intriguing and well-balanced scenario with believable characters, but undermined by unsurprising story developments and therefore little or no narrative tension."
New contemporary fantasy from the author of two interminable series, one about Shannara (First King of Shannara, 1996, etc.), the other set in a Magic Kingdom (Witches' Brew, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

SLIPPAGE by Harlan Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1997

"A varied and powerful collection."
``The world seems precarious to me now,'' the prodigiously productive Ellison (more than 65 books, including some 1,700 short stories) notes in his introduction to this collection of 21 previously uncollected science-fiction/fantasytinged tales, ``everything changes so fast, and no one remembers anything.'' Change is a recurrent element in these typically gruff, exuberant pieces, as is the conviction that humans possess an extraordinary range of talents and powers, few of which we thoroughly exploit. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON AND THE GNARLY KING by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Agreeable and satisfying."
Another of Dickson's tongue-in-cheek medieval fantasies (The Dragon and the Djinn, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GREAT WHEEL by Ian R. MacLeod
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"Despite the highly unlikely extrapolation from now to then, especially the improbably secular North Africans: a thoughtful, sometimes wrenching, noteworthy debut."
By about 2170, the Endless City occupies the entire coast of North Africa; its Borderers live in poverty and squalor under a perpetual cloud generated by global warming and climate control. Read full book review >
THE WHITE TRIBUNAL by Paula Volsky
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"Skimpy backdrop, thin plot, and characters by the numbers, not to mention the dreadfully feeble conclusion: some graphic tortures but otherwise unpersuasive."
In Volsky's new fantasy (The Gates of Twilight, 1996, etc.), the city of Lis Folaze in Upper Hetzia is slowly recovering from the Sortilegious Wars (though we never find out what these involved). Read full book review >
WAR OF THREE WATERS by Douglas Niles
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"An agreeable conclusion for fans of the series."
Final volume (Darkenheight, 1996; A Breach in the Watershed, 1995) about the struggle between good-guys mundane Dalethica and magic Faerine against Duloth-Trol and its evil god Dassadec. Read full book review >
GIANT BONES by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A treat for browsers and Beagle aficionados alike."
Beagle writes in his foreword that he doesn't do sequels; nevertheless, the world he created in The Innkeeper's Song (1993) continues to tickle his storytelling instincts: hence, the setting for this collection of six substantial tales, though only one, ``Lal and Soukyan,'' features characters from the novel. Read full book review >
BERSERKER FURY by Fred Saberhagen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Plenty of well-orchestrated maneuvers and action, not too much subtlety: This reliable formula should please the many berserker devotees."
An addition to Saberhagen's long-standing series about the berserkers (Berserker Kill, 1993, etc.), smart machines whose programming directs them to roam the galaxy seeking out and destroying organic life—and especially ``badlife,'' those beings who attempt to resist extermination. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >