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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …