Heroes Die, by Matthew Woodring Stover

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? I liked Heroes Die a lot, and that bothers me for two reasons. First, this book could be considered little more than a glorified Chuck Norris movie translated to an SF/F …

Dragon Weather, by Lawrence Watt-Evans

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Watt-Evans frequently posts on a newsgroup I read, so when I saw that he had a new release out, I figured I’d buy it even though I was unfamiliar …

Bios, by Robert Charles Wilson

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? I greatly enjoyed last year’s Hugo nominee Darwinia, so was eagerly awaiting the latest novel from Wilson. Unfortunately, Bios disappoints. Wilson really only had one good idea in this book, …

Code of Conduct, by Kristine Smith

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morrow William and Co Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a very solid outing for a first novel. In the first few pages I noticed a typical amateur writer’s penchant for flowery wording, but either …

A Civil Campaign, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Baen Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? A Civil Campaign is the latest installment in the never-ending chronicles of Miles Vorkosigan. It’s subtitle is “A Comedy of Biology and Manners”. It is supposed to be a romantic …

Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Baen Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Why write a review of any already popular book? That’s a good question, I guess. After all, most of the people who are going to read Komarr probably already have, …

Dreamcatcher, by Stephen King

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Lynn Nicole Louis Have you read this book? Stephen King has always generated mixed reactions for me. I think his best form is the short–he’s written some truly wonderful short stories and novellas. In my mind, …

Madonna of the Dark, by Elaine Moore

Genre: Horror Publisher: Authorlink Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Now before you get the wrong idea, this is not a book detailing what a certain pop superstar gets up to at night-time. No, as the front cover so emphatically proclaims, this …

Water Sleeps, by Glen Cook

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Fraser Ronald Have you read this book? By the way, if you’ve never read the Black Company, crawl out from under your rock and get a start with the first novel, the Black Company. If you’re already …

Magic Terror: 7 Tales, by Peter Straub

Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Welcome to Peter Straub’s first collection of stories since his acclaimed Houses Without Doors, released no doubt to capitalize on the success of his recent novel Mr X. Straub is …

Mr X, by Peter Straub

Genre: Horror Publisher: Random House Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a book to prove you completely wrong. In fact, not only have you not seen it all, you’ve only just begun …

Similar Monsters, by Steve Savile

Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Wildside Press Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? It seems incredible, I know, but this is the very first multi-collection of stories from the pen of editor and dark fantasist Steve Savile, even though he has been writing …

The Haunting Of Hill House, by Shirley Jackson

Genre: Horror Publisher: Penguin Published: 1959 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? Regardless of the quality of Jan (Speed) De Bont’s big-budget interpretation — a film I have not yet seen and probably never will — the hype surrounding The Haunting last year did …

House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski

Genre: Horror Publisher: Pantheon Books Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul Kane Have you read this book? This is not for you. Quite a bold statement for the beginning of a book by a virtually unknown author. But he’s right, this might not be for you. If you’re …