Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

THE LAKERS by Roland Lazenby
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Captures the glory days, as well as moments both sweet and bitter. (Photographs—eight pages color, eight pages b&w—not seen)"
A lively history of the Los Angeles Lakers, focusing on Earvin ``Magic'' Johnson's infection with the HIV virus. Read full book review >
WAY OUT WEST by Jane Stern
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on. (Photographs—200 b&w and 300 color)"
And somewhere out in left field, too: The Sterns' new addition to their popular volumes of Americana (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, Sixties People, Elvis World, etc.) tackles ``the West of the imagination''—the West mythologized by dime novels, TV, and films; populated by singing cowboys who kiss their horses, Indians who raise their right hands and say ``How,'' and pesky ``critters'' like rattlesnakes and scorpions; and redolent with the scent of hot chili and chicken-fried steak. Read full book review >

UPSIDE YOUR HEAD! by Johnny Otis
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Essentially a cranky look at politics and today's pop music. (Seventy-five b&w photos)"
Hodgepodge of essays, reminiscences, and radio-interview transcripts by L.A.-based R&B drummer/concert promoter/songwriter Otis. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"Films we thought lost to oblivion arise freshly christened here, ready to dance. (One hundred b&w photographs)"
Well-written, enjoyable survey of the American-born gangster film from D.W. Griffith to Martin Scorsese, with bows to Kurosawa, Godard, and the English division of gunmen. Read full book review >
THE GAME SHOW KING by Chuck Barris
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Gong! (Photographs—not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
Raunchy, disorderly memoir from the man who bestowed The Gong Show, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and other entertainments on the American public. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"An engrossing story, lamely told. (Thirty-four b&w photographs) (For a look at another Stone, see Davin Seay's Mick Jagger, reviewed below.)"
Gossipy account of the rise and fall of Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"An intelligent and literate work that could broaden American interest in soccer in time for our 1994 hosting—for the first time ever—of the World Cup."
An engaging journey through, as poet Merrill puts it, ``the enchanted lands of soccer.'' When, in 1990, the US team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, Merrill (an avid amateur soccer player) followed the team through preliminary games stateside and then to Italy for the month-long tournament. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Good work, boys; but next time, let's have more women, more unknowns, more sports, and less sleaze."
Culled from almost 400 periodicals by series editor Stout and guest editor Deford (former editor of The National Sports Daily whose new novel, Love and Infamy, is reviewed above): a championship cup of essays on sports and sports figures on and off the field. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 2, 1993

"What's more, the author has stars in his eyes, so none of the significant questions are asked—above all, what purpose does the Pearl really serve? (Sixteen pages of photographs- -not seen)"
Hapgood (coauthor, Monte Cassino, 1984, etc.) indulges his love of theater by dogging the steps of Shepard Sobel, artistic director of Manhattan's Pearl Theatre, during the company's 1991-92 season. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Written for full orchestra, it captures every subtlety. (Photographs)"
Gratifying biography of one of the screen's greatest directors, by Eyman (Mary Pickford, 1992—not reviewed), film critic for the Palm Beach Post. Read full book review >
A SIEGEL FILM by Don Siegel
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"One of the top-drawer screen books, from which you rise gorged from an eye-popping Thanksgiving dinner of filmcraft. (Sixty b&w photographs)"
Funny, ever entertaining, immensely readable and revealing autobiography of action/suspense director Don Siegel and how he made or contributed to some 50 or more movies and TV shows. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Stalls occasionally but, overall, a fairly smooth trip around the track. (For an overview of NASCAR, turn to Peter Golenbock's American Zoom, p. 834.) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A year on the NASCAR circuit with the third Petty to leave his mark on racing history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >