Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

WIZARD'S FIRST RULE by Terry Goodkind
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A wonderfully creative, seamless, and stirring epic fantasy debut."
The magical boundaries between the three lands of forest guide Richard Cypher's world are crumbling: Strange beasts from the Midlands, where magic still exists, appear in his Westland forest. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH GATE by Margaret Weis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Alfred, Haplo, and Marit are in so deep that they have to resort to some pretty desperate measures, some of which have large consequences along the lines of precipitating the ultimate battle between Good and Evil."
Like the last day of the week or the final sign before the apocalypse, the seventh, and final, book of the crazily popular Death Gate Cycle (Into the Labyrinth, 1993, etc.) has arrived. Read full book review >

SOMEWHERE EAST OF LIFE by Brian Aldiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Intelligent, funny, and hopeful in spite of itself, Aldiss's (A Tupolev Too Far, 1994) latest fantasy serves as a powerful warning about the perils of the future and a rueful assessment of humanity's likely response."
Roy Burnell likes his job; he travels the globe for World Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, an agency that researches, registers, and attempts to protect fine architecture from the dangers of wars that have broken out in Europe and Asia. Read full book review >
DEATH DREAM by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"High-technology in the characters' everyday routines provides a diverting twist to this steadily paced thriller, which should broaden Bova's audience."
Sci-fi author Bova (Orion and the Conqueror, 1994) branches out with an exciting thriller about entertainment technology in the hands of unstable men. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF JUDGMENT by J.R. Dunn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Still, the well-crafted characters, telling details, and intriguing developments look very promising."
Blade Runner meets The Terminal Man. Read full book review >

ALOHA by Mark Christensen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A techno-mess for only the most hardened of cyberphiles."
Character, plot, and sense yield to indulgent hyperjargon and choleric tangents in Christensen's (Mortal Belladaywic, 1987) stupefying sci-fi maelstrom. Read full book review >
STORM WARNING by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Non-fans and browsers will simply yawn and pass on."
From Lackey (with Bill Dixon, The Black Gryphon, 1993) a starter for yet another sword-and-sorcery trilogy set, like her Mage Winds books, in Valdemar, though only experts will know where, chronologically, this one fits in. Read full book review >
TEMPORARY AGENCY by Rachel Pollack
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Pollack (Unquenchable Fire, 1992, etc.) turns the world on its spiritual head, offering an alternative view of the matters in which the government, however spiritualized, is still not to be trusted."
Ellen Pierson's worst fears are realized when her cousin Paul's true love, the operator of a temp agency down the hall, turns out to be one of the Malignant Ones, a host of supernatural beings who torment humans in this post-revolutionary world (the Benign Ones aid humans). Read full book review >
CLOUD CASTLES by Michael Scott Rohan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Churning, fizzing narrative with plenty of action, but overcomplicated and hard to follow: worth a try for the series' fans."
Rohan's series features a fantasy world comprised of a mundane Core and a highly magical Spiral and Rim crawling with weird and nasty creatures (The Gates of Noon, 1993). Read full book review >
REUNION ON NEVEREND by John E. Stith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"All of the old SF formulaic elements are here, and Stith's brew of dark tunnels, cuddly aliens, and teenage romance ultimately spins its wheels, producing no sparks."
An undercover investigator returns to the subterranean colony of his youth and rescues his high school sweetheart from some hi- tech hooligans in Stith's (Manhattan Transfer, 1993) hard SF thriller that's soft on science, character, and suspense. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN QUEEN by Dave Wolverton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Well, despite Wolverton's contorted superscience, feeble plotting, and jerry-built prose, fans of his Star Wars outing will probably wish to investigate."
From the author of the recent Star Wars yarn The Courtship of Princess Leia (p.254), a hybrid sword/science-fiction space opera set in a far future where humans, having spread through the galaxy, are now threatened by invading insectoid dronons who have killed Semaritte, the human ruler, and taken over her planet-size computer. Read full book review >
GRAILS by Richard Gilliam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"One Grails is plenty, two is an overdose."
Companion to, and continuation of, the first and fairly mediocre Grails (p. 102). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >