The Wolf of Winter

by Paula Volsky Bantam, pb, 357 pages, $12.95 ISBN: 0-553-37210-6 Prince Varis doesn’t begin Paula Volsky’s second novel as an evil sorcerer, but he quickly proves to have a natural affinity for the role. The bookish younger brother of the king, Varis is physically and emotionally unequipped for the boisterous...

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Animals

by John Skipp and Craig Spector Bantam, pb, 449 pages, $5.99 ISBN: 0-553-29924-7 The title characters of this book reminded me of a close friend. At twenty-five, he has walked away from five car accidents and two motorcycle accidents (both without a helmet). He took a vacation in Germany one...

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The Encyclopedia of Death

By Robert Kastenbaum and Beatrice Kastenbaum Avon, tpb, 293 pages, $15.00 ISBN: 0-380-71952-5 This looked like the ultimate bathroom-reading for horror fans, and it is a fun book in a gruesome way. It is… well, encyclopedic, in both the positive and negative senses of the word. The Encyclopedia of Death...

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The Iron Dragon’s Daughter

By Michael Swanwick Avonova/Morrow, hc, 424 pages, $23.00 ISBN: 0-688-13174-3 This is a wonderful book, in a number of truly bizarre ways. Imagine if Charles Dickens had set out to write high fantasy. Or if Theodore Dreiser had decided to collaborate with William Goldman to produce a novel of sex,...

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Alternate Warriors

Edited by Mike Resnick Tor Books, pb, 434 pages, $4.99 ISBN: 0-812-52346-6 A Mike Resnick book is usually a good place to go after a bad reading experience, and Alternate Warriors does not disappoint. While parallel history is nothing new in the genre – for that matter, this is Resnick’s...

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Deathport

Edited by Ramsey Campbell Pocket Books, pb, 356 pages, $4.99 ISBN: 0-671-69575-4 There has been a long discussion on GEnie’s Science Fiction Roundtable recently about why anthologies don’t sell very well. So far, no one has suggested that part of the problem is that there are a lot of bad...

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