The Sweetheart Season, by Karen Joy Fowler

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Random House Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Karen Joy Fowler’s first novel, Sarah Canary, is a marvel, an amazing, original novel about aliens, of all sorts, in the 1870’s American West. It is extraordinarily assured, the best …

Bones of the Earth, by Michael Swanwick

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 2002 Reviewer Rating:  Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? I’ve read some solid SF novels in 2002 so far — The Years of Rice and Salt, Permanence, Schild’s Ladder. It hasn’t been a bad year. But nothing that …

Night Lamp, by Jack Vance

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Night Lamp is Science Fiction in Vance’s most familiar style, elegantly written, full of ironic bits, often downright funny, portraying at least three complex social structures based on …

Chimera, by Will Shetterly

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? Will Shetterly’s novel Chimera mixes together a few fairly familiar SF themes: human/animal combinations, artificial intelligences, the issue rights for both of the above, and a somewhat balkanized …

Telzey Amberdon, by Jame H. Schmitz

Genre: Science Fiction Anthology Publisher: Baen Published: 2000 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? James H. Schmitz was one of SF’s most popular writers of the 1960s and early 1970s. His stories were published between 1943 and 1974, but despite early successes such …

Blue Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? One of the most impressive ongoing hard science fiction epics of recent years has been Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. Red Mars won the Nebula award, Green Mars won …

The Sky Road, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1999 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? This is another excellent, engaging, novel from a fairly new Scottish writer, just now making his mark in the United States. The Sky Road is his fourth novel. …

The Stone Canal, by Ken MacLeod

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? It’s long been true that a lot of the best SF comes from British or UK-based writers. Nowadays, frustratingly for those of us in the US, a lot …

The Light Princess, by George MacDonald

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Farrar Straus and Giroux Published: 1969 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? George MacDonald’s name has come up on our YA SF&F thread before. (This refers to Melisa Michaels’ forum at the late, lamented, online bookstore Book Stacks.) He …

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 …

The Gammage Cup, by Carol Kendall

Genre: YA Fantasy Publisher: Harcourt Published: 1959 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? A rising tide lifts all boats, they say. The rising tide caused by the phenomenal success of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books has indeed lifted the boats of many …

Corrupting Dr. Nice, by John Kessel

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Published: 1996 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? A cheap answer to the question “When did I know I would like Corrupting Dr. Nice?” would be to say “When I saw the name John Kessel on …

Deepdrive, by Alexander Jablokov

Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Morrow, William & Co Published: 1998 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? I’ve been a fan of Jablokov’s ever since reading his first short stories in Asimov’s. I really liked his first novel, Carve the Sky, which was “baroque” …

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart

Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ballantine Published: 1989 Reviewer Rating: Book Review by Richard R. Horton Have you read this book? For some little time a top-recommended book for me has been Bridge of Birds. As it was published in 1984, I was somewhat skeptical of my ability to find it: however …