Reviews in General Publications
New York Times Book Review April 18thA feature on Salman Rushdie's new novel The Ground Beneath Her Feet (Henry Holt).
Lee Smolin reviews Paul Davies' The Fifth Miracle (Simon & Schuster): the book, ''the culmination of a series of books in which Davies searches for the meaning of our existence -- is one of his best works because it is enlivened by his struggle with the very incomplete state of the evidence. If you are going to read only one book on the origin of life, seriously consider this one.''
And Geoff Nicholson reviews Steve Erickson's The Sea Came in at Midnight (Avon Bard):
''He brings a high seriousness to what might otherwise seem decidedly silly, and his influences all feel like the right ones: Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, Don DeLillo.
... Erickson deals primarily in fables, not ideas. He's concerned with exploring dark contemporary mythologies, those of science fiction, pornography, dreams, sensational news stories, conspiracy theories. ... If this is still not the great novel some of us are willing him to write, his struggles with disorder and mythmaking remain as beguiling as ever.''
San Francisco Chronicle April 18th Kenneth Baker reviews Marina Warner's No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (Farrar, Straus & Giroux).
New York Times Book Review April 11th Mordecai Richler reviews Christopher Buckley's Little Green Men (Random House).
Washington Post, April 11, 1999
Michael Dirda reviews John Taliaferro's biography Tarzan Forever: the Life of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Creator of Tarzan (Scribner).
New York Times Book Review April 4th David Traxel reviews the Burroughs biography.
April 14th: Ryan Adams reviews Dan Simmons' The Crook Factory (Avon).
April 13th: L.D. Meagher reviews Gordon R. Dickson's The Dragon in Lyonesse (Tor).
April 6th: L.D. Meagher reviews Piers Anthony and Julie Brady's Dream a Little Dream (Tor).
Previous Field Inspections