Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2634)

JUMP ROPE QUEEN by Karen Loeb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Familiar stuff about growing up: competently crafted, but very much a first book."
Fourteen stories, some of which were published in obscure literary mags, make up this grab-bag debut collection. Read full book review >
WARPATH by Tony Daniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Fizzing with ideas (not all convincing), gloriously diverse, bizarrely uncontrolled: Daniel has plenty of work still to do, but his debut holds forth immense promise."
Half a millennium from now, when humans discover the chilly planet Candle, they are astonished to find it already inhabited—by Mississippian Indians! Read full book review >

IN THE SPARROW HILLS by Emile Capouya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Odd—and also affected."
Conscience, violence, the nature of memory, good and bad faith—these are some of the themes fluffed and styled by longtime literaryman Capouya (former literary editor of The Nation; now publisher of New Amsterdam Books) in what he terms ``stories,'' although they read more like feckless, somewhat unctuous memoirs. Read full book review >
DREAMS UNDERFOOT by Charles de Lint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Tidy tales, with tingling openings, mundane middles, and limp or elusive endings: initially appealing but far from memorable."
Nineteen associated tales, 1987-93, from the author of Spiritwalk (1992), etc., two previously unpublished, the remainder deriving from magazines, small presses, and minor anthologies. Read full book review >
THE VILLAGE OF BOM JESUS by Lloyd E. Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Innocuous if never quite diverting."
Bom Jesus is a cat, his village being Guajar†, deep in the Amazon basin of northwest Brazil. Read full book review >

THE SPOILS OF WAR by Alan Dean Foster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"A workmanlike job from Foster, with his usual well-drawn alien characters plus, on a deeper level, an interesting take on the choices facing America in the post-cold war world."
The third in the series (after A Call to Arms and The False Mirror) in which the freedom-loving alliance known as the Weave enlists the aid of the human race to win a centuries-long interstellar war. Read full book review >
OBABAKOAK by Bernardo Atxaga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The work of an original voice and a considerable talent: a debut that's as delightful as it is disturbing, and full of surprises."
Distinctive, subtle storytelling in a wide-ranging yet curiously cohesive novel, awarded the Spanish National Prize for Literature, from Basque writer Atxaga. Read full book review >
NIGHTSIDE THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"The clever plotting, solid characters, and intriguing backdrop work splendidly in close- up, but their larger significance remains annoyingly unexplained, indeed barely even intimated."
The first installment in another multivolume, far-future saga (like Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun tetralogy, 1980-87), set inside...well, something—a supercolossal spaceship? a ringworld? a Dyson sphere?—that has its own sun, seasons, and a land surface that curves up in the distance to form the sky; until recently, this world's numerous ruling gods communicated with humans via ``Sacred Windows'' from their remote Mainframe home. Read full book review >
THE ESTUARY by Georgia Savage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Overall, with its gritty translucence, a penetrating study of loss."
In a dark but briskly readable novel by an Australian writer (The House Tibet—not reviewed), a young widow examines her loves, friendships, and relationship with her child. Read full book review >
SWIMMING IN THE VOLCANO by Bob Shacochis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Shacochis's lumpy novel lacks the very qualities that make his stories so remarkable: grace and economy."
Accomplished short-story writer Shacochis (Easy in the Islands, The Next New World) weighs in with an ambitious first novel that (like Susan Sontag's recent tome) mixes sexual intrigue, political revolution, and volcanoes. Read full book review >
THE OTHER ANNA by Barbara Esstman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Full of good intentions—and not much else."
A young woman's rites of passage in Iowa before the Great War- -limned in a first novel of much craft and too little vitality. Read full book review >
A PORTRAIT OF MY DESIRE by MacDonald Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"A veteran novelist at the top of his form."
Harris puts on a southern Californian magic show in this bravura l6th novel (Glad Rags, 1991, etc.) about an art-gallery owner who takes the gamble of his life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >