Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 288)

A MIND FOR TRADE by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Another solid and agreeable adventure in an unpretentiously serviceable series."
A new adventure for the Trader ship Solar Queen (Derelict for Trade, 1997, etc.), continuing the update of a series begun long ago by Norton. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS BALANCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"A sturdy addition to a superior series, this time presented without narrative foibles."
Addition to Modesitt's independently intelligible fantasy series about planet Recluce and its warring Order and Chaos magic. Read full book review >

TIMEQUAKE by Kurt Vonnegut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Nobody does it better."
Vonnegut's first "novel" in seven years (and 14th overall) might by an extremely generous extension of the term be labeled an unassuming metafiction. Read full book review >
THE BARBED COIL by J.V. Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Sparkling ideas embedded in vast swathes of conventionally inflated mediocrity: Fans of the previous trilogy should feel right at home. (Author tour)"
Doorstopper new fantasy from the author of the Book of Words trilogy (Master and Fool, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ANGEL WINGS by Nicole Conn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1997

"Conn's (Passion's Shadow, 1995, etc.) angels are neither charming nor whimsical; their presence makes this otherwise unremarkable love story all the more convoluted."
Two angels are assigned to a case involving two humans—and trouble ensues when their styles of guardianship conflict. Read full book review >

THE MOON AND THE SUN by Vonda N. McIntyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A dazzling and spirited evocation of the passions, intrigues, and preconceptions of the age, along with a dandy pair of misfit, star-crossed lovers: an enchanting slice of what-if historical speculation."
Historical fantasy set in 1693 at the court of Sun King Louis XIV of France, from the author of Superluminal (1983), etc. In an age when the king's slightest whim has the force of an absolute command and the underclasses stand at the palace gates pleading for bread, Louis orders the natural philosopher and Jesuit priest Yves de la Croix to capture certain sea monsters that, he hopes, will yield the secret of immortality. Read full book review >
SHE IS THE DARKNESS by Glen Cook
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Fascinating, no doubt, for the fans; all but impenetrable to outsiders."
Second book in the current trilogy (Bleak Stones, 1996), and eighth overall, about the Black Company, a band of mercenary warriors attempting to survive in a world of contending sorcerers, gods, ghosts, assassins, and whatnot. Read full book review >
THE NOTORIOUS ABBESS by Vera Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Light, charming, evocative."
Twelve linked tales, 197890, only one of which, ``Crusader Damosel,'' may be familiar to fans, from an English author who- -except for a well-received Arthurian trilogy in the 1970s— published relatively little before her death this year at the age of 97. Read full book review >
THE PHYSIOGNOMY by Jeffrey Ford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Humorless, inflexible, drug-addicted physiognomist Cley is ordered by Drachton Below, Master of the Well-Built City, to investigate a theft in the remote mining town of Anamasobia. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >