Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

THE DRAGON KING by R.A. Salvatore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Fanatics only."
Final installment of Salvatore's fantasy trilogy (Luthien's Gamble, 1996) set in the Avonsea Islands, where the good guys- -wizard-king Brind'Amour, rebel leader Luthien Bedwyr (his magical alter ego is the Crimson Shadow), and their elf, dwarf, and halfling allies—must once again battle the evil wizard-king Greensparrow (his other self is a dragon) and his hordes of one- eyed cyclopians. Read full book review >
QUICKER THAN THE EYE by Ray Bradbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 1996

"So-so material for the most part; fans hoping for another Martian Chronicles or October Country face certain disappointment."
A collection of 21 tales from the Grandfather fantasist—none of which have appeared in book form before, though our galley doesn't tell us where they have appeared before, if they have, or when they were written. Read full book review >

OTHERLAND by Tad Williams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 6, 1996

"If, for whatever reason, you intend to absorb the entire tetralogy, you'll need your reading spectacles, a cool hundred bucks, a prodigious memory, and unlimited patience."
Another doorstopper fantasy from Williams (The Dragonbone Chair, 1988, etc.), book one of a projected tetralogy large enough to satisfy the most gargantuan appetite. Read full book review >
MARCHING TO VALHALLA by Michael Blake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A tour de force that sympathetically brings one of American history's more intriguing heroes vividly to life on the eve of his destruction. (Film rights to New Line Cinema; author tour)"
A dazzling depiction of George Armstrong Custer on the way to his rendezvous with death at the Little Bighorn, from the author of Dances with Wolves (not reviewed). Read full book review >
MOTHER OF GOD by David Ambrose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"After all, something must replace the weary plotlines of heroines imperiled by the same old psychos."
If artificial intelligence rivaled the human kind, would it choose to live in, refashion, and protect its own environment in the global electronic web? Read full book review >

LORD OF THE VAMPIRES by Jeanne Kalogridis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Fun."
Last of the Dracula trilogy begun with 1994's Covenant with the Vampire (not reviewed) and Children of the Vampire (1995), and a tasty feast it is. Read full book review >
THE STAINLESS STEEL RAT GOES TO HELL by Harry Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Another gleeful frolic that enables the versatile Harrison (The Hammer and the Cross trilogy, etc.) to have great fun with an unlikely mix of religious fanaticism and Esperanto."
Another adventure featuring Harrison's lovable rogue Slippery Jim diGriz (The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
MASTER AND FOOL by J.V. Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A so-so trilogy that would have been the better for less bulk, more focus, and independently intelligible parts."
Final part of Jones's fantasy trilogy (A Man Betrayed, p. 184, etc.). Read full book review >
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 >
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 >