Issue #889 (August 4, 2006) of Entertainment Weekly offers some brief reviews of science fiction and fantasy books. Here’s a snippet.
A Separate War and Other Stories by Joe Haldeman
For Fans of: Starship Troopers or Haldeman’s classic, The Forever War.
Lowdown: Whether spinning old characters into new tales (“A Separate War”) or tackling issues like terrorism, homosexuality, and global warming, Haldeman remains a nimble, necessary figure in sci-fi’s pantheon.
Farthing by Jo Walton
For Fans of: Robert Harris’ Fatherland or Philip Roth’s Plot Against America.
Lowdown: A stiff-upper-lip whodunit boasting political intrigue and uncomfortable truths about anti-Semitism.
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
For Fans of: Surreal David Lynch and Wim Wenders films.
Lowdown: The book doesn’t define a genre you’ve never heard of so much as blur the line between sci-fi and mainstream.
The Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko
For Fans of: Vampires, wizards, and philosophical ideas.
Lowdown: Urban and sleek where Anne Rice is parochial and ornate, it’s a promising entry into what could be a modern horror epic.