Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

THE DRAGONSTONE by Dennis L. McKiernan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Fresh fodder for the addicted; others can safely skip it."
A fantasy novel set in McKiernan's ``Mithgar,'' very much of a piece with the others in this popular series (The Voyage of the Fox Rider, 1993, etc). Read full book review >
EXODUS FROM THE LONG SUN by Gene Wolfe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"You'll have to read all four volumes consecutively to stand even a remote chance of deciding which."
Final installment of Wolfe's highly ambitious, inordinately complicated, far-future tetralogy (CaldÇ of the Long Sun, 1994, etc.), bringing to an end the story of the huge, multigenerational starship, The Whorl, and its young priest turned ruler, Patera Silk. Read full book review >

THE BIRTH OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT OR, TEIRESIAS by Meredith Steinbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Provocative, but only intermittently so, as Teiresias attempts to teach some old gods new tricks."
The life of the blind soothsayer of myth and classic literature becomes a clever (if rather lifeless) contemporary exploration of gender, time, and religion. Read full book review >
NADYA by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overextended but intense and gripping, with lots of authentic background detail."
Rousing historical fantasy from the author of the Nebula- winning The Falling Woman (1986), etc. In the 1830s, Dmitri and Marietta Rybak and their daughter Nadya carve out a farmstead in the wilds of Missouri. Read full book review >
FAIR PERIL by Nancy Springer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Witty, whimsical, and enormously appealing, if lacking the thoughtful underpinning that made Larque on the Wing (1994) such a delight."
While walking beside a Pennsylvania pond, storyteller Buffy Murphy—flabby, dowdy, fortysomething—encounters a talking frog: Prince Adamus d`Aurca, who was ensorcelled (``trans-frogrified'') a thousand years ago by the coldhearted Queen of Fair Peril (Faerie) for refusing to become her lover. Read full book review >

BLOOD BROTHERS by Steven Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Despite a few wobbles—and bad guys, for all their longevity, aren't too bright—an absorbing, ironic, and sometimes genuinely wrenching tale."
Contemporary supernatural/horror yarn, though billed as fantasy, from the author of Firedance (1993) and collaborations with Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle (Beowulf's Children, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
SILICON EMBRACE by John Shirley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The drawback is that Shirley's more concerned with putting across his own private theology than getting the narrative details to mesh."
A sort of companion volume to Shirley's fine alien-contact yarn, A Splendid Chaos (1988), with many of the ideas recurring or undergoing redevelopment. Read full book review >
STARSHIELD: SENTINELS by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Ambitious hogwash, guaranteed to become a huge success. (150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kicking off a new series from the bestselling duo (the Death Gate cycle, most recently The Seventh Gate, 1994, etc.), Galactic affairs—involving dozens of contending empires, both human and alien—are coordinated by the Omnet, an organization dedicated to gathering and disseminating information and to recovering the Nine Oracles, a set of omniscient synthetic intelligences (``synths''), missing since the fall of an ancient empire. Read full book review >
BLOOD OF THE FOLD by Terry Goodkind
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"And so on."
Flood of the Bold somehow seems more appropriate; still, here's another adventure (Stone of Tears, 1995, etc.) for reluctant wizard Richard Cypher and his eponymous sword. Read full book review >
THE WARDING OF WITCH WORLD by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 1996

"A vast, rather amorphous panorama framing numerous plotlets, and set forth in the usual stilted, sometimes outlandish prose, Still, a major effort from Norton that should satisfy Witch World fans."
It's been a long time since Norton, who invented the Witch World, published a solo novel set there (The Gate of the Cat, 1987), though yarns with various collaborators have appeared with some frequency (On Wings of Magic, 1994, with Patricia Mathews and Sasha Miller, etc.). Read full book review >
NO ONE NOTICED THE CAT by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Thin and brief but quite appealing; McCaffrey is, as always, pleasant company."
Romantic fantasy from the author of Freedom's Landing (1995), etc. When wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, dies, many of his skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas. Read full book review >
A WIZARD IN PEACE by Christopher Stasheff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Stasheff more and more resembles Piers Anthony, both in style and prolificness."
Fourth in a series (A Wizard in Mind, 1995, etc.) about the ``wizard''—actually esp-powered—Magnus d'Armand, who now calls himself Gar Pike. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >