Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE BRIDE FINDER by Susan Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Unsurprising but satisfying."
A yeomanlike romance, with a heavy emphasis on the uncanny. Read full book review >
EARTH MADE OF GLASS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Despite the top-heavy multiple-culture backdrop, this is an intelligent, well-researched, adroitly handled and absorbing cultural clash with a notably surprising conclusion."
Sequel to Barnes's far-future A Million Open Doors (1992), set a millennium hence at a time when Earth's scattered colonies, long isolated by the vastness of interstellar distances, are reestablishing contact via the newly invented "springer" or instantaneous transporter. Read full book review >

NEWTON'S CANNON by J. Gregory Keyes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Keyes's yarn (The Blackgod, 1997, etc.) is colorful, intriguing, and well handled, if somewhat difficult to swallow: It's hard to see how alchemy and science could both work."
First of a new fantasy series: In this alternate 1715, both science and alchemy work; young Ben Franklin, apprenticed to his printer brother James in Boston, begins to study the various alchemical devices—lights, weapons, faxes, and so on—that Isaac Newton has invented. Read full book review >
A HUNGER IN THE SOUL by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"With finesse, discernment, and splashes of vitriol, Resnick continues to expose colonialism and its vicious attitudes."
More African commentary from Resnick (Kirinyaga, p. 88, etc.), this one inspired by New York Herald journalist H. M. Stanley's expedition to locate the Scottish explorer/missionary Dr. David Livingstone. Read full book review >
NIGHTWORD by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Addicts only—but there are zillions of them. (Author tour)"
Another Starshield yarn (Sentinels, 1996), continuing the adventures of Earth astronaut Jeremy Griffiths (he's had a huge grab-bag of knowledge dumped into his head, courtesy of a wizard who expired before he could explain why) and galactic Omnet operative Merinda Neskat, set against a hybrid fantasy/sf backdrop designed to permit dragons, wizards, and suchlike to coexist in the same universe as computers and spaceships. Read full book review >

SIGNAL TO NOISE by Eric S. Nylund
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Ferociously inventive and often fascinating, but overcomplicated by several orders of magnitude, with an unsatisfying apocalyptic wrap-up that seems to promise sequels."
Alien contact yarn from the author of Dry Water (not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE WAR GOD'S OWN by David Weber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

"Long on chat and backdrop detail, short on action and plot, padded with idiotic badinage—not to mention the lead character's embarrassing stage-Irish accent: numbing and wearisome."
First hardcover appearance for this sword and sorcery series (Oath of Swords) by Weber (In Enemy Hands, 1997). Read full book review >
MASQUE by
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1998

"Impressive visual effects, B-movie plot, and villains that stay mostly off-stage: an unconvincing yarn, with its glowing, vacuous gaze fixed on Hollywood. (Movie rights to Polygram Pictures)"
Near-future science fiction thriller from the authors of Mirage (1996). Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS 32 by Jack Dann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 17, 1998

"Just don't mention 'franchising' if Norman Spinrad's within earshot."
paper 0-15-600552-2 The 1996 awards, as voted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Read full book review >
IN THE TIME OF THE POISONED QUEEN by Ann Dukthas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1998

"The least appealing of Segalla's adventures so far."
More historical embroidery from the creator of time-traveling Nicholas Segalla, whose exploits span centuries, as related to the pseudonymous author (The Time of Murder at Mayerling, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ROCK 'N' ROLL BABES FROM OUTER SPACE by Linda Jaivin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1998

"Strained humor and annoying bouts of intergalactic jive talk. ($50,000 ad/promo)"
The title says it all about this cartoonish second novel by the author of Eat Me (1997): Three alien babes escape to Earth in order to enjoy lots of sex, drugs, and loud music. Read full book review >
THE UNDERSIRABLES by Mary C. Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 2, 1998

"Refreshing, memorable treatment of a standard-issue ethical dilemma: an engrossing and beautifully rendered US debut."
Social science-fiction from an American-born, now Nigeria-resident writer whose only other novel was published in Colombia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >