Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

FAUN AND GAMES by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"And, meantime, in the author's afterword, you can catch up on the latest news about Anthony's teeth."
What can a hapless reviewer possibly find to say about Anthony's Xanth yarns—here the 21st of that ilk—that hasn't been said before? Read full book review >
DRIVING BLIND by Ray Bradbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Typically diverse, veering between sentiment and nostalgia, and set forth in the curiously mannered, modern-antique style that has become Bradbury's trademark."
Arriving too late for a full review, grandmaster Bradbury's latest collection (Quicker Than the Eye, 1996, etc.) consists of 17 new tales and 4 reprints, 197497. Read full book review >

TEMPLE OF THE WINDS by Terry Goodkind
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Another one for the fans."
Another independently intelligible doorstopper addition to Goodkind's Sword of Truth series (Blood of the Fold, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
A MIND FOR TRADE by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Another solid and agreeable adventure in an unpretentiously serviceable series."
A new adventure for the Trader ship Solar Queen (Derelict for Trade, 1997, etc.), continuing the update of a series begun long ago by Norton. Read full book review >
THE CHAOS BALANCE by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"A sturdy addition to a superior series, this time presented without narrative foibles."
Addition to Modesitt's independently intelligible fantasy series about planet Recluce and its warring Order and Chaos magic. Read full book review >

TIMEQUAKE by Kurt Vonnegut
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"Nobody does it better."
Vonnegut's first "novel" in seven years (and 14th overall) might by an extremely generous extension of the term be labeled an unassuming metafiction. Read full book review >
THE BARBED COIL by J.V. Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Sparkling ideas embedded in vast swathes of conventionally inflated mediocrity: Fans of the previous trilogy should feel right at home. (Author tour)"
Doorstopper new fantasy from the author of the Book of Words trilogy (Master and Fool, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
ANGEL WINGS by Nicole Conn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 1997

"Conn's (Passion's Shadow, 1995, etc.) angels are neither charming nor whimsical; their presence makes this otherwise unremarkable love story all the more convoluted."
Two angels are assigned to a case involving two humans—and trouble ensues when their styles of guardianship conflict. Read full book review >
THE MOON AND THE SUN by Vonda N. McIntyre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A dazzling and spirited evocation of the passions, intrigues, and preconceptions of the age, along with a dandy pair of misfit, star-crossed lovers: an enchanting slice of what-if historical speculation."
Historical fantasy set in 1693 at the court of Sun King Louis XIV of France, from the author of Superluminal (1983), etc. In an age when the king's slightest whim has the force of an absolute command and the underclasses stand at the palace gates pleading for bread, Louis orders the natural philosopher and Jesuit priest Yves de la Croix to capture certain sea monsters that, he hopes, will yield the secret of immortality. Read full book review >
SHE IS THE DARKNESS by Glen Cook
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Fascinating, no doubt, for the fans; all but impenetrable to outsiders."
Second book in the current trilogy (Bleak Stones, 1996), and eighth overall, about the Black Company, a band of mercenary warriors attempting to survive in a world of contending sorcerers, gods, ghosts, assassins, and whatnot. Read full book review >
THE NOTORIOUS ABBESS by Vera Chapman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Light, charming, evocative."
Twelve linked tales, 197890, only one of which, ``Crusader Damosel,'' may be familiar to fans, from an English author who- -except for a well-received Arthurian trilogy in the 1970s— published relatively little before her death this year at the age of 97. Read full book review >
THE PHYSIOGNOMY by Jeffrey Ford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Humorless, inflexible, drug-addicted physiognomist Cley is ordered by Drachton Below, Master of the Well-Built City, to investigate a theft in the remote mining town of Anamasobia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >