Darwinia, by Robert Charles Wilson

Genre: Alternate History Publisher: Tor Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? It’s almost a truism that expectations play a huge role in how we judge a book. I actively dislike the alternate history subgenre so was prepared to hate Darwinia. As …

The Face of Apollo, by Fred Saberhagen

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? In the movie Heathers, Veronica Sawyer’s father asks, “God damn, won’t somebody tell me why I read these spy novels?” to which she replies, “Because you’re an idiot.” I feel the …

Parallelities, by Alan Dean Foster

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Random House Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is a typical Foster novel. Take a subculture character from the ordinary world and send him on a whirlwind tour of the absurd. Unfortunately, the joke is wearing …

Sagitarius Whorl, by Julian May

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? The third (and final?) book in the Rampart Worlds series is similar to the first two — another installment of the Continuing Adventures of Asahel Frost. Mr. Frost is the …

Priam’s Lens, by Jack L. Chalker

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? With the exception of the recent Wonderland Gambit trilogy (which I plan to pick up soon), I own every SF book Jack L. Chalker has written. Priam’s Lens is just …

The Moon and the Sun, by Vonda N. McIntyre

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Simon and Schuster Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? The book won the 1997 Nebula Award for best novel. After reading it, I can only scratch my head as to how it even got nominated. This is clearly …

Factoring Humanity, by Robert J. Sawyer

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Sawyer makes a valiant attempt to write a science fiction story that is as much about real human relationships as it is about science. While this is a …

Dawn Thief, by James Barclay

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? This is your basic swords and sorcery type adventure story, albeit one with a high attrition rate. The Raven are a mercenary outfit in the fantasy land of Balaia. …

The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: New England SF Assoc. Published: 1993 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Whenever people talk about the greatest writers in science fiction history, you always hear names like Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Cordwainer Smith. Cordwainer, who? …

Perseus Spur, by Julian May

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? After the quasi-epic Pliocene Exile/Galatic Milieu books, this light SF detective adventure is quite a departure for May. Helmut Icicle is the alias of a falsely convicted criminal living on …

On Blue’s Waters, by Gene Wolfe

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? Under the heading “Simply embarrassing that more people don’t read Wolfe”, one reviewer wrote: I looked at my local Barnes and Noble. I drove to a Borders which …

Law of Survival, by Kristine Smith

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morrow William and Co Published: 2001 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Aaron M. Renn Have you read this book? I enjoyed Smith’s first two books quite a bit. This one, the third in the continuing adventures of Jani Kilian, was satisfying as well, but pretty much …

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, …