Winter Tides, by James P. Blaylock

Genre: Dark Fantasy Publisher: Ace Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by William D. Gagliani Have you read this book? This month’s Classic Return is a “quiet” ghost story in what I call the California Gothic tradition. Do hunt this one down if quiet ghosts — or even loud ones …

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Morrow William and Co Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by William D. Gagliani Have you read this book? I decided to revisit this novel as a Classic Return when I saw the adulation Gaiman fans have for their hero. At April’s World Horror Convention, I …

The Regulators, by Richard Bachman

Genre: Horror Publisher: Penguin Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Ram Samudrala Have you read this book? Is there anyone who doesn’t know that Richard Bachman is a pseudonym for Stephen King? No? I didn’t think so. If there’s any book that proves that King needs a good editor, …

Great Apes, by Will Self

Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Grove/Atlantic Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? This is a maddening book — sharply written, of course, as one would expect from Will Self — but maddening nonetheless, in more ways than one. For a start we’re …

Voyage, by Stephen Baxter

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Voyage is the story of a mission that never was. In this long and meticulously researched novel, Baxter speculates that if John F. Kennedy had survived the assassination attempt …

The Last Hawk, by Catherine Asaro

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Catherine Asaro’s latest Skolian novel is The Last Hawk. This takes place roughly at the same time as the action of her first novel, Primary Inversion, but on …

The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Reader Rating Penelope Fitzgerald is a rather well-known author in the U.K., having been short-listed for the Booker Prize four times and winning once (for Offshore (1979)). The Blue Flower is the story of the romance …

Holy Fire, by Bruce Sterling

Genre: Cyberpunk Publisher: Bantam Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Jonathan M. Sullivan Reader Rating On the face of it, Holy Fire is about a woman’s quest for youth, for some small measure of immortality. But look deeper, and you’ll see that when Sterling’s 90 year-old protagonist, Mia, undergoes an …