Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 283)

LOVELOCK by Orson Scott Card
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"What really annoys is that, without even a token ending here, this isn't the beginning of a trilogy at all, but the arbitrary opening chunk of a bloated and flabby single yarn."
The first volume of a planned trilogy from Card (The Ships of Earth, 1994, etc.) and hardcover debutante Kidd is set on a huge starship, or Ark, soon to depart from Earth. Read full book review >
FIREHAND by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Far better the Time Traders had been left to molder in peace."
Norton revives her 30-year-old Time Trader series with the help of Griffin, her collaborator on Redline the Stars (1993) and various Witchworld stories. Read full book review >

CHAOS AND ORDER by Stephen R. Donaldson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 15, 1994

"Donaldson's work is instantly recognizable and remarkably consistent: Anguish is the price of admission; misery keeps the customers coming back for more; enjoyment is sheer hell."
The fourth part of Donaldson's five-book series (A Dark and Hungry God Arrives, 1992, etc.) centers on a far-future power struggle by proxy between benevolent United Mining Companies police boss Warden Dios and malign UMC chief Holt Fasner. Read full book review >
LAMIA by Georgia Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 1994

"A fairy tale for adults, and delectably escapist entertainment. (Literary Guild selection)"
Witchcraft, adventure, and romance intertwine in a rich tapestry of 16th-century France, by the author of The Infidel (1979). Read full book review >
THE BASTARD PRINCE by Katherine Kurtz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A satisfying conclusion with a persuasively grim backdrop, well-controlled fantasy elements, a solid cast, and realistically medieval dark plots and foul deeds."
Final installment (The Harrowing of Gwynedd, 1989; King Javan's Year, 1992) of bestselling author Kurtz's latest fantasy trilogy set in the medieval, Celtic-flavored kingdom of Gwynedd chronicling the power struggle between the enlightened Haldane kings, with their magic-powered Deryni allies, and the forces of oppression, malevolence, and darkness. Read full book review >

THE VOICES OF HEAVEN by Frederik Pohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Not a Pohl classic like Man Plus (1976), but a solid and engaging read from one of the genre's surest hands."
In Pohl's latest (after Mining the Oort, 1992, etc.), small colonies on alien worlds struggle to survive with intermittent aid from resource-strapped Earth. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE VEIL OF STARS by Robert Reed
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

One night, after years of more or less confirmed UFO activity, the stars vanish—replaced by a mirror image of the Earth. Read full book review >
THE FURIES by Suzy McKee Charnas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A moving, thoughtful feminist novel set in a gritty and believable dystopian future."
This third novel in Charnas's acclaimed feminist science fiction series comes many years after the second (Motherlines, 1978), but it's well worth the wait. Read full book review >
THE HANDS OF LYR by Andre Norton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1994

"This is a real yawner, a formula fantasy with a formula quest, filled with standard characters, places, and situations of no particular interest except to die-hard fans of SFand-fantasy veteran Norton (Brother to Shadows, 1993)."
This fantasy is set in a world where magic is spelled "magick" and miracles are commonplace and fearsome. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Intriguing stuff—if you can tolerate the author's ghastly blend of pseudoscience, fantasy, myth, gnarled prose, absurd plotting, and general air of self-importance."
Another of Kennealy-Morrison's (previously billed simply as Kennealy) Keltiad yarns and the second installment of a trilogy, the Tales of Arthur (begun with The Hawk's Gray Feather, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE DRAGON CIRCLE: DRAGON SLEEPING by Craig Shaw Gardner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"This long, plodding tale, Gardner's hardcover debut, leaves more than the Dragon snoozing."
A promising premise: suburban families transported to a land of magic and wizardry. Read full book review >
SUMMER KING, WINTER FOOL by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Insipid characters and feeble dramatics in a bland setting: not one of Goldstein's better outings."
Ancient solar-king myths are combined with quasi-medieval monarchies in Goldstein's new fantasy (after Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >