The Truth Machine, by James L. Halperin

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Lynn Nicole Louis Have you read this book? What if there was an infallible machine that could detect when a person was lying? What if this machine became so ingrained into world society that you could be subjected …

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 …

Things Left Behind, by Gary A. Braunbeck

Genre: Horror Anthology Publisher: Cemetery Dance Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by William D. Gagliani Have you read this book? (This Classic Return is one of the most important collections of the last few years. You may have to hunt to find it, but it’s well worth the effort. …

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, …

New Worlds, Vol. 1, edited by David Garnett

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: White Wolf Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? New Worlds is almost legendary among SF magazines/anthologies by now: its history stretches back to 1946, when it began as a fairly conventional SF magazine edited by Ted …

Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, by Robert Irwin

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Dedalus Limited Published: 1997 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Paul S. Jenkins Have you read this book? Seeing the title, Prayer-Cushions of the Flesh, the reader might get the idea that Robert Irwin’s novella contained an above-average amount of sex. The reader would be correct. Set in …

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 …