Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

THE GLASS MOUNTAIN by Leonard Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 17, 1993

"Wolf's ease with the genre (which allows us to savor his crisp reenactment of stock fairy-tale scenes) falls short of an ability to integrate its ancient symbols with the angst of his alienated royals."
The Polish fairy tale ``The Glass Mountain'' appeared in Lang's The Yellow Fairy Book (1894) and more recently was given a mordant urban twist by Donald Barthelme in a short 1970 piece (same title). Read full book review >
PARABLE OF THE SOWER by Octavia E. Butler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 1993

"A vanishingly thin plot and dreadfully preachy: imperfections for which Butler's usual virtues—lucid prose, a realistic progression of events, and splendid texture—unfortunately fail to compensate."
Diary of teenager Lauren Olamina, 2024-27, as she struggles to survive the collapse of civilization and formulate a new religion that spells out her notion of God as change: from the author of Clay's Ark, the Xenogenesis series, etc. Only walled enclaves like Robledo, California, stand against total descent into barbarism, criminality, and madness; even so, one by one the enclaves are being overrun by drug-crazed ``Paints.'' Olamina's younger brother Keith, tiring of his father's strictures and determined to make a life for himself outside, runs away, to live by robbery, murder, and drug-dealing—and quickly ends up horribly dead. Read full book review >

MAGICNET by John DeChancie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"What it's all supposed to add up to is anybody's guess; if the author himself knows he's not telling."
DeChancie's hardcover debut begins when English professor Skye King receives a desperate phone call from his computer-nut friend Grant Barrington; minutes later Grant falls silent, while Skye hears noises of destruction.... Read full book review >
INFERNO by Mike Resnick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A pity."
Third of Resnick's science-fictionalized African commentaries, following Paradise (about Zimbabwe) and Purgatory (Kenya). Read full book review >
INTO THE LABYRINTH by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Stay tuned for the seventh- -and last—volume."
Sixth entry in the authors' sprawling, grand-scale Death Gate fantasy series (The Hand of Chaos, p. 30, etc.). Read full book review >

THE WOLF OF WINTER by Paula Volsky
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Thoughtful, distinctive, unconventional, and shapely."
Intriguing other-world fantasy from the author of Illusion (1991), set in the subarctic Russian-flavored land of Rhazaulle. Read full book review >
MONSTERS IN OUR MIDST by Robert Bloch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Better than you may expect but not memorable."
Companion to last year's Psycho-Paths horror anthology, edited as before by the renowned motherstuffer of Psycho. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS FOREVER by David G. Hartwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Roger Zelazny, Joan Aiken, Gene Wolfe, Charles de Lint, Rudy Rucker, Damon Knight, Alan Dean Foster, Robert Sheckley, Brian Stableford, Michael Bishop), skeptical browsers will be forgiven for regarding somewhat cynically askance a volume whose sole raison d'etre is to cash in on the festivities."
Expect neither old favorites nor unjustly neglected gems: these are 28 all-new tales with a Yuletide flavor, ranging from fairy tales to hard sf, assembled by one of the field's most highly regarded editors. Read full book review >
CONSCIENCE OF THE BEAGLE by Patricia Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Anthony's meteoric rise to the novelistic front ranks is thoroughly deserved."
Interstellar detective yarn from the author of two excellent novels involving aliens (Cold Allies, 1992; Brother Termite, p. 896). Read full book review >
INTO THE GREEN by Charles de Lint
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Thin as tissue paper, insubstantial as air."
The Green is how de Lint (Dreams Underfoot, The Little Country, Spiritwalk, etc.) recasts Faerie, accessible to those with the (now many times diluted) Summerblood that confers magical abilities. Read full book review >
GODSPEED by Charles Sheffield
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Passably diverting and involving—if you don't mind precarious plots and chirpy 16-year-old narrators."
Far-future piratical quest/coming-of-age yarn by the author of Cold As Ice and Transcendence (both 1992), etc. Hundreds of years ago, all ships equipped with the faster- than-light Godspeed drive suddenly and mysteriously vanished, leaving planet Erin isolated and doomed to a slow decline. Read full book review >
TEK SECRET by William Shatner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"The Tek telemovie reportedly in the works should help, too."
Fifth in the series (Tek Vengeance, 1992, etc.) featuring private detective Jake Cardigan and his sidekick Sid Gomez. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 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 >