Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 284)

STAINLESS STEEL VISIONS by Harry Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"Middling entertainment, with an agreeable host."
Thirteen tales, including one that's previously unpublished, spanning the nearly 40-year career of this Dublin-resident American writer/editor/artist—though the theme or basis for selection (if any) isn't clear. Read full book review >
THE WEALDWIFE'S TALE by Paul Hazel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Hazel's fans will undoubtedly find all this much to their liking; those who prefer a clear-cut plot are more apt to find it annoying."
Hazel's latest takes him back to West Redding, the setting of his inventive ``Finn Trilogy'' (Yearwood, 1980; Undersea, 1982; Winterking, 1985). Read full book review >

THE TALISMANS OF SHANNARA by Terry Brooks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, fans of the series won't be dissuaded."
Concluding the second series of Shannara yarns (The Elf Queen of Shannara, etc.) as the scions of Shannara—namely, the newly made Druid, Walker Boh, the Elf Queen Wren Elessedil, and the magical Ohmsford brothers, Par and Coll—somehow must unite their efforts in order to bring a final end to the evil Shadowen and their leader, Rimmer Dall. Read full book review >
SKYBOWL by Melanie Rawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Dedicated fans only."
Wrapping up the Dragon Star trilogy (Stronghold, 1990; The Dragon Token, p 24). Read full book review >
IF AT FAUST YOU DON'T SUCCEED by Roger Zelazny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Readers familiar with the Faust legend and medieval history in general will get an extra kick out of this one—and it's certainly the best novel-length work from either of the authors in well over a decade."
Zelazny and Sheckley return to the premise of Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming (1991): a millennial contest between Good and Evil for control of mankind's destiny. Read full book review >

STRANGE DEVICES OF THE SUN AND MOON by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Goldstein fails to establish any reason, let alone a compelling one, why these disparate elements should be juxtaposed; and though her prose is of the finest, the upshot is flat, bland, and far from persuasive."
Another offbeat fantasy from the author of Tourists, A Mask for the General, etc. (her American Book Award-winning paperback debut, The Red Magician, will appear as a Tor hardcover in February 1993). Read full book review >
THE GRIPPING HAND by Larry Niven
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A good bet to make the Hugo ballot, as well as the bestseller lists."
The much-anticipated sequel to The Mote In God's Eye (1974), which put Niven and Pournelle on the bestseller lists (more recent collaborations: The Legacy of Heorot, with Steven Barnes, 1987; Footfall, 1985). Read full book review >
MUTAGENESIS by Helen Collins
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Admittedly, the premise is skewed, and it's far from certain whether the plot adds up; yet, despite the flaws, Collins's debut is a well-thought-out, powerful, and often devastating feminist polemic."
In the 27th century, after devastating wars, Earth is rediscovering its long-lost, far-flung star colonies. Read full book review >
THE OATHBOUND WIZARD by Christopher Stasheff
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Palatable (if unambitious) light fare, likely to be popular with the Piers Anthony crowd."
A sequel to the paperback Her Majesty's Wizard (1986) finds Stasheff in the same vein as his popular ``Warlock'' series—with a youngish hero learning the ropes of magic in a medieval fantasy kingdom. Read full book review >
DEMONS DON'T DREAM by Piers Anthony
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Series fans will find themselves right at home."
Anthony's popular fantasy series set in the world of Xanth moves into hardcover; this, entry #16, kicks off a new cycle of yarns based on interactive computer games (cf. Read full book review >
RED MARS by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"A pity about the overfamiliar colonization- exploitation-revolution plot cycle; still, for power, scope, depth, and detail, no other Martian epic comes close."
First of a projected trilogy about the near-future colonization of Mars, from the author of Pacific Edge, Escape from Kathmandu, etc. Robinson's Mars is realistically cold, arid, and lifeless; and even before they reach the planet, his first hundred scientist- colonists are hotly debating how Mars should be terraformed. Read full book review >
A SONG FOR ARBONNE by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Complex and compelling: one of the most impressive fantasies in a long time."
Kay's latest is very much in the vein of his well-received Tigana (1990): an exhilarating epic fantasy based loosely on medieval history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >