Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

MOONSEED by Stephen Baxter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"But the padding (too many minor characters and unnecessary scenes) slows the pace to a crawl. (Movie rights to The Bridge Production Company)"
Another massive near-future, near-space yarn from the author of Voyage (1997). Read full book review >
GREEN RIDER by Kristen Britain
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast."
Karigan G'ladheon, unjustly suspended from school for drubbing a bully, runs away instead. Read full book review >

THE DEER'S CRY by Patricia Kennealy-Morrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Absolutely essential or utterly irrelevant, depending on your point of view."
A new addition—or, better yet, insertion—to Kennealy-Morrison's sprawling saga about the space empire of Keltia. Read full book review >
RED GRASS RIVER by James Carlos Blake
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Sex and drawlin' dialogue that don't give a damn about real English, along with big whiffs of piney-fresh description, gusts of gunfire, and howling action like a night in a cathouse during a hurricane. (Author tour)"
Prohibition, bloodshed, rum-running, and gang wars by a master of historical detail and thunderous storytelling (In the Rogue Blood, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Nothing later on matches it in a volume that's otherwise an exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers."
A whopping collection of 30 stories, narrative poems, and unclassifiable briefer pieces from the peerlessly inventive British-born co-editor/creator of The Sandman graphic novel series and last year's terrific fantasy Neverwhere. Read full book review >

THE OUTLANDERS by David B. Coe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Typically long-winded but reasonably innovative and engaging."
Second entry in a projected fantasy trilogy (The Children of Amarid, 1997) about the attempted invasion of rural, magic-powered Tobyn-Ser by technology-powered, industrialized Lon-Ser. Read full book review >
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 30, 1998

"Deserves the Cosmotic Greatheart Medal of Oz from the Wizard. (N.B.: Probably not harmful for children.)"
First-novelist/polymath Gardner (essays:The Night Is Large, 1996, etc.) undertakes a sequel to L. Frank Baum's Oz story (on the occasion of its 100th birthday) and comes up with a winner. Read full book review >
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE by Jerry B. Jenkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1998

"Part of the delight here is Tom's analytical mind at work on what seems sheer fantasy: a love story not be left behind when orders for inspirational titles are filled out. (Author tour)"
Charming Christmas novel for cynics. Read full book review >
TEA FROM AN EMPTY CUP by Pat Cadigan
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 19, 1998

"The murder mystery's well constructed and often absorbing—but AR is no different from VR, and the intractable problem remains: when anything can happen, how is it possible to care when something does?"
Near/medium-future cyberpunk yarn from the author of the paperback Fools (1992), etc., and numerous well-known stories. Read full book review >
FUTURE ON ICE by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Quality material, if a dollar over and a decade late."
A collection originally intended as a companion to the 1989 volume Future on Fire (not seen), a showcase of 1980s science fiction stories; editor Card remarks on the hiatus but offers no explanation. Read full book review >
THE AVRAM DAVIDSON TREASURY by Avram Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Dense, erudite, and literary, these stories seem destined to find a small but highly appreciative audience."
All agree that Davidson (1923—93) was a gifted and technically accomplished writer with a good ear for dialogue. Read full book review >
MIND CHANGER by James White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 1998

"And an O'Mara of human dimensions is less gratifying than he was as a sort of animated thunderbolt."
Another of White's Sector General yarns (Final Diagnosis, 1997, etc.), about a colossal multi-species space hospital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >