Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

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 >
REACH FOR TOMORROW by Arthur C. Clarke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 1998

"And there are personal tragedies as well: Nelson, after the shock of a generator, is laterally inverted, Connolly is haunted by a parasitic presence which drives him to his death; etc., etc. An unsettling- but diverting form of divination."
A new collection of short stories range forward in time and view a changing universe; old worlds die- and new civilizations replace them. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON IN LYONESSE by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

A new adventure for Jim Eckert, once a college math professor, and now Baron James of Malencontri in an alternate14th- century England where magic works and Jim has a not-so-secret identity as a powerful but rather dim-witted dragon. Read full book review >
THE GILDED CHAIN by Dave Duncan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"Something of a disappointment, then, if only because of the author's own lofty standards."
First installment of a new fantasy series from Duncan (Future Indefinite, 1997, etc.) set in the land of Chivial, where King Ambrose IV is defended by his many Blades, expert swordsmen bound in a brutal magic ritual to defend him to the death. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >